is typical of the many small steam locomotives which worked on the 2’ gauge
sugar tramways of Queensland. It was purchased by Mossman Mill, situated in
tropical far north Queensland, and operated there for thirty years.
was under overhaul at Mossman Mill in 1964 when laid aside, with the
overhaul never completed. (It would be interesting to know if the overhaul
was cancelled because damage was discovered, or perhaps inspection
determined that boiler replacement was required.) In any case, it remained somewhat
incomplete at Mossman Mill until purchased for preservation by the Australian
Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society (ANGRMS) in 1973. Miallo made the long
trip south to Brisbane in 1974, with an initial spell of storage in
Brisbane in 1974 before arriving at their Woodford site in 1983.
is based at Woodford station on the former QR Kilcoy branch, a portion of
which has been re-laid to 2’ gauge for heritage train operations and is known
as the Woodford Railway. A series of storage sidings at Woodford house Miallo
and other steam locomotives saved for posterity by ANGRMS, but alas many have
not as yet received any rehabilitation. ANGRMS has recently constructed a new
storage and restoration shed at Woodford, and perhaps Miallo will be a
beneficiary of this investment.
collections page for Miallo provides some useful technical information for