Bli Bli

John Fowler & Co. Ltd. b/n 14418 of 1914

 

This photo is courtesy of John Hurst and dated July 1978.  John's caption reads  'Bli Bli preserved near Nambour'.

(The Brisbane tram in the background of John Hurst photograph had gone by the time of my visit in 2004.)

 

This locomotive was built by John Fowler & Co. Ltd. of Leeds as their Builder's No. 14418 of 1914.  Originally supplied to the Babinda Mill, it was purchased by Moreton Mill, Nambour in 1960 and was known as "Bli Bli" on their roster. Here it was retired from service in 1967.   b

 

'Bli Bli' had been plinthed at Muller Park, Bli Bli since 1968, b  located alongside a tidal inlet and overlooking the sugarcane haulage tramway to Moreton Mill which passed alongside and crossed the inlet via a combined road-rail bridge.  At the time of my visit on 27 January 2004, a weather roof had been built over the locomotive however it had become corroded and derelict in the humid and salty tropical air.  The chimney, headlight and cylinder covers were missing, and the wheels were sitting wet in the sandy base of the plinth. c

 

"Light Railways" of August 2011 reported that this locomotive was transferred to the Nambour & District Historical Museum in June 2011.  Here it is planned to be statically restored prior to display at their Nambour museum. b

 

 

References

 

a Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc. Web site (as at 5/8/2011): 'Preserved Australian Sugar Cane Locomotives' list by John Browning (www.lrrsa.org.au/LRR_SGRc.htm)
b 'Light Railways - Australia's Magazine of Industrial & Narrow Gauge Railways', Number 220, August 2011.  Published by Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc.  Page 33.
c Personal observation or comment.

 

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