C17 No. 935

Stored at the Rosewood Railway

 

No.935 (sans tender) heads C17 No.763 and D17 No.855 on the storage siding at the Rosewood Railway in December 2002.

 

Builder

The Clyde Engineering Co Ltd,

Granville NSW

 

 

Builder’s Number & Year

503 of 1949

 

 

Wheel Arrangement

4-8-0

 

 

No. in class

227

 

No.935 was one of Queensland Railways’ highly successful C17 class 4-8-0 locomotives, of which 227 units were constructed by a variety of builders between 1920 and 1953.  The C17 class were a “maid of all work” type that were powerful enough for main line duties, yet with a low axle load which permitted wide deployment and accordingly the type could be found on everything from suburban and express passenger duties to main, secondary and branch line work, although the type are perhaps best associated with the long routes through Queensland Railways (QR) Northern and Central Divisions.  The final C17 class members were retired from service at the very end of QR revenue steam operations in August 1970.

No 935 is one of the “1938” C17 variants which were improved over the original 1920 design by use of piston valves, Laird crossheads, a wider, taller “Sedan” cab sporting sliding windows, and a slender stovepipe chimney with a capuchion lip.  No.935 was one of an order for 20 C17’s supplied by Clyde Engineering, Sydney between 1948 & 1950 in response to post-war motive power demands.

According to “Locomotives in the Tropics”, No.935 was written off the Queensland Railways books in May 1968.  Fortunately it was saved from scrapping, instead being plinthed in the Brisbane suburb of Virginia for the Nundah Rotary Club.

It seems that No.935 became derelict after many years of being plinthed at Virginia.  In 1990 it was rescued from an uncertain fate by the Australian Railway Historical Society (Qld Division) and taken to their Rosewood Railway, where it remains in long-term storage together with several other rescued park locomotives.  No.935 is stored without a tender; I suspect the tender tank platework was severely corroded and hence only the tender frame and bogies were retained and are separately stored at Rosewood.  (Further information on this point is welcome.)

Although No.935 remains stored in a derelict condition, the Australian Railway Historical Society have at least secured the locomotive against being scrapped and hence it can remain as a future restoration project, or at least a source of spare parts.

For further information about the Queensland Railways’ C17 class locomotives, refer to the page for C17 No.2.

A second scanned photo view of No.935 stored at the Rosewood Railway in December 2002.

 

References

a

"Locomotives of Australia" by Leon Oberg,

published by J. W. Books Pty Ltd

b

Stark, R. J., 'The Return of Steam Locomotive C17, No. 45',

published 2000 by The Degener Timms Publications, Gympie, Qld

c

Armstrong, J. 'Locomotives in the Tropics - Volume 2

(Queensland Railways 1910 – 1958 and beyond)’,

published by the ARHS Queensland Division, 1994.

e

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