Tully Mill No.4

Privately owned at Daylesford, Vic

 

Tully Mill No.4 and two 4-wheel coaches run around the narrow-gauge circuit at the Lachlan Vintage Village, Forbes in December 1975.

This view is a zoom-in from a slide image kindly contributed by Graeme Nitz.

Builder

John Fowler & Co, Leeds

Builder’s Number & Year

16339 of 1925

Wheel Arrangement

0-4-2T

 

This locomotive was supplied to Tully Mill (between Cairns and Townsville) in Far North Queensland, where it was No.4 on the roster.  It is sometimes reported as reported as B/N 16340 of 1924 and sister B/N 16341 is preserved at Echuca, so presumably it was one of a batch of three or more locomotives delivered by John Fowler & Co.

In preservation, Tully Mill No.4 was originally intended to join the large collection of 2’ gauge steam locomotives at the Goulburn Steam Museum at Marsden Weir, but was instead forwarded to the Lachlan Vintage Village (LVV) at Forbes circa 1974, where it was restored it to working order.  Here it gave tourist rides with a short train of 4-wheel passenger cars on a loop of track around the Lachlan Vintage Village exhibits areas.

Unfortunately the Lachlan Vintage Village was not destined for ongoing success and its railway operations were closed after a few years, leading to an auction of their railway equipment in 1986.  Tully Mill No.4 was purchased by the then management of the Goulburn Steam Museum, together with the two 4-wheel carriages, and relocated to Marsden Weir, Goulburn.  It was reported in 1997 as being under restoration at the Marsden Weir Steam Museum, Goulburn, and apparently worked there for several years over the tourist railway which linked the historic pump house with the museum entrance gates several hundred metres away.  Unfortunately the railway operations at the Marsden Weir Steam Museum had been removed by the time of my visit in 2003, although the historic beam pumping engine at this site remains well worth a visit.

Tully Mil No.4 was apparently sold to an enthusiast for private preservation and relocated to the spa town of Daylesford, Victoria.  Light Railways magazine of February 2011 (Number 217) included a photograph and news report showing this locomotive under repair in a sawmill workshop at Daylesford.  I believe it may have since moved to Geelong, Victoria.

I would appreciate the contribution of additional photographs and further information for this locomotive, either at Tully Mill, Lachlan Vintage Village, Marsden Weir or Daylesford.

A second view of Tully Mill No.4 and tourist train at the Lachlan Vintage Village, Forbes in December 1975; image courtesy of Graeme Nitz.

The train is passing some of the replica and relocated pioneer buildings that were a feature of the Lachlan Vintage Village.

 

References

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Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc. Web site (retrieved 4 July 2016):

'Preserved Australian Sugar Cane Locomotives' list by John Browning

 (www.lrrsa.org.au/LRR_SGRc.htm)

Page updated:  4 July 2016

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