Alison

Stored at ANGRMS Woodford

 

Alison in storage at ANGRMS Woodford on 12 April 2003.

 

Builder

John Fowler & Co, Leeds

Builderís Number & Year

16194 of 1924

Wheel Arrangement

0-6-2T

 

Alison was built for Neranwood Hardwood Company, a timber tramway at Mudgeeraba in the Gold Coast hinterland. Alas the loco fell into disuse after only a few years of service when the tramway ceased operations in 1926.

A new lease of life came in 1931 when Alison was purchased by the Farleigh Mill, Mackay, where it worked in sugar cane haulage until the early 1960ís.

In 1972, the management of Farleigh Mill donated Alison to the Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society (ANGRMS), with the loco initially transported to Brisbane for a period of storage before arriving at their Woodford site in 1980. ANGRMS is based at Woodford station on the former QR Kilcoy branch, a portion of which has been re-laid to 2í gauge for heritage train operations and known as the Woodford Railway. A series of storage sidings at Woodford house Alison and other steam locomotives saved by ANGRMS, but alas many have not received any rehabilitation as yet. ANGRMS has recently constructed a new storage and restoration shed at Woodford, and perhaps Alison will be a beneficiary of this investment.

Some sources list the build year for this locomotive as 1923 rather than 1924. I would appreciate a photograph of the builderís plate, or excerpt from original John Fowler & Co archive data, to confirm the correct build year. It would also be interesting to know the background of the name ĎAlisoní and if this was first applied at Neranwood Hardwood Co, or Farleigh Mill.

The ANGRMS collections page for Alison provides some useful technical information for this loco.

References

a

Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc. Web site

(retrieved 18 January 2021):

'Preserved Australian Sugar Cane Locomotives' list by John Browning

(www.lrrsa.org.au/LRR_SGRc.htm)

b

ANGRMS website, collections page,

retrieved 27 January 2021

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