Babinda Mill No.3 ‘ANZAC’

Scrapped

 

 

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Builder

John Fowler & Co, Leeds

Builder’s Number & Year

14666 of 1914

Wheel Arrangement

0-4-2T

 

Babinda Mill No.3 was one of many Fowler steam locomotives supplied to the sugar mill railways of Queensland.  It received the name ‘ANZAC’ in recognition of the valour and sacrifice of Australian & New Zealand troops during World War 1, which would have been current news around the time of this locomotive’s delivery given its build year of 1914.

Following retirement from service, in 1961 No.3 ANZAC was placed a shire council park within the town of Babinda, south of Cairns in Queensland’s far north coast, and not far from Babinda Mill.  Presumably it became derelict after 14 years in the tropical environment as this locomotive was removed and unceremoniously disposed as scrap metal by 1975; not a very fitting end for this old digger.

The little that I know of Babinda Mill No.3 ANZAC is based on John Browning’s listing of preserved sugar cane locomotives on the Light Railway Research Society of Australia website, as referenced below.  I would greatly appreciate the contribution of a photograph for this locomotive (either when in service or plinthed at Babinda), together with any further information relating to its unfortunate scrapping.

Not only has No.3 ANZAC passed into history but also the Babinda Mill itself, having been closed and demolished around 2013.  However the area is served by other mills and extensive mill tramways and I presume the Babinda growers now sell their cane to these other mills.  It is a pity perhaps that No.3 ANZAC does not remain as a tangible reminder of Babinda Mill.

 

References

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Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc. Web site (retrieved 8 May 2016):

'Preserved Australian Sugar Cane Locomotives' list by John Browning

 (www.lrrsa.org.au/LRR_SGRc.htm)

 

Page updated:  8 May 2016

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