Mill No.5 is typical of the many small steam locomotives which worked on
the 2’ gauge sugar tramways on Queensland, featuring the popular 0-4-2T
Mill No.5 was one of several ex-Sugar industry locomotives resident at the Lachlan Vintage Village, Forbes, NSW
in the late 1970s, although to my knowledge it never operated there. The Lachlan
Vintage Village was an interesting local history museum featuring
relocated historical buildings, a recreated Aboriginal encampment and other
displays relevant to the region. An
operating 2’ gauge line provided tourist trips around the displays, and a standard
gauge railway also ringed the site.
the Lachlan Vintage Village did not succeed as an ongoing concern and the
railway assets were progressively sold off and dispersed, with Tully Mill
No.5 obtained by a private owner and joining
his interesting collection of steam machinery on a rural site near Echuca,
Victoria. The owner kindly permitted
me to view his collection on 23 March 2005 and the photos of Tully Mill No.5
on this page date from that visit.
At that time the loco was stored in a partially dismantled state. (Fortunately the climate at Echuca is favourable
to outdoor storage of vintage machinery.)
would appreciate the contribution of more recent photographs for this
locomotive, or photos of it in service at Tully Mill.