Hudswell Clarke b/n 1098 of 1915


This photo of 1 April 2002 is a bit hard to read but shows an information sheet was attached to 1098's frames.

(At that stage the loco was dismantled for overhaul in the workshop at Alexandra.)

A transcript is provided below.


This locomotive was built by Husdwell, Clarke & Co. Ltd of Leeds, England as their builder's No.1098 of 1915.  It operated at the Gin Gin Mill, Wallaville where it was known as No.7 on the roster. a


No.7 was operational at the Goulburn Museum of Historic Engines in the 1970's,  It is now dismantled for overhaul at the Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum.


The Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum website contains additional information & photographs for this locomotive.


Here is a transcript of the information sheet shown above:

This 0-6-0 Tender locomotive was built in Leeds, England by Hudswell Clarke in 1915, and is similar to many of this make which operated on sugar cane tramways in Queensland.  It first worked at Childers Mill, where it was given roster No.7 which it was to retain throughout its working life.  In 1932 it was sold to Isis Central Mill, and in 1960 passed into the hands of Gin Gin Mill.  In 1970 it was purchased by Bruce Macdonald who restored it at the Goulburn Steam Museum.  In 1978 the locomotive was transferred to the Old Brickworks Museum at Yarralumla in the ACT.


In 1981 it was obtained by the Alexandra Timber Tramway and Museum and was operated on a short length of track. However, it proved to be too heavy for the 30lb rail in use at the time and was retired in favour of the lighter John Fowler 0-6-0T.  With the progressive relaying of the track at Alexandra in 60ld rail it is intended to return the Hudswell Clarke to service.  The boiler has a certificate for 150psi, and much of the restoration is only of a cosmetic nature as the locomotive is generally mechanically sound.


The Hudswell Clarke has cylinders of 9.5" bore and 12" stroke and is fitted with Walschaerts valve gear.  The engine weights 15 tons 6 cwt and the tender 8 tons 11 cwt.  The locomotive is capable of a tractive effort of 4,904lbs, and is both more powerful and capable of longer runs without servicing than the John Fowler.


1098's sister locomotive, 1099, is preserved at the Australian Sugar Industry Museum in Queensland where it is a static exhibit powered by compressed air.





Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc. Web site (as at 10/9/2013):

'Preserved Australian Sugar Cane Locomotives' list by John Browning (www.lrrsa.org.au/LRR_SGRc.htm)

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