North Eton Mill No.1

Hudswell Clarke 496 of 1898

 

My thanks to Scott Jesser for contributing this 1976 view of North Eton Mill No.1 plinthed at Rockhampton.

The wheel spacing and frame design suggests it may have been converted from 0-4-2ST to 0-6-0ST.

 

Builder

Hudswell, Clarke & Co. Ltd, Leeds

Builder’s Number & Year

853 of 1898

Wheel Arrangement

0-6-0ST

 

This locomotive originally ordered for the Double Peak Central Sugar Co. Ltd, North Eton, near Mackay, where it was known as ‘Warrego’. In 1912 it passed to the roster of the North Eton Mill and was renamed ‘Ironside’. I believe it was converted from an original 0-4-2ST design to 0-6-0ST configuration at some stage in its career.

By 1964 North Eton No.1 was out of service and was plinthed in Curtin Park, Port Curtis Junction by Rockhampton City Council. Presumably maintenance became an issue and in 1986 it was removed and stored at the Rockhampton City Council bus depot, prior to being sold in 1987 to an individual at Mt Etna in the Rockhampton district. A further change of ownership came in 1994 when the loco was auctioned and relocated to a private site near Echuca, Victoria.

The North Eton Mill closed in 1988 after 100 years of operation, following merger with Farleigh, Racecourse, Marian and Cattle Creek Mills to form the Mackay Sugar Co-operative Association Limited. Glen Hall provides a good history of the North Eton Mill on his Mackay History website.

An excellent source of information on the various Hudswell Clarke steam locomotives employed by the Colonial Sugar Refining Co Ltd (CSR) in Australia and Fiji is ‘Salute to the Hudswells’ by Ian Stocks, David Mewes and John Browning. Page 132 of this book provides some history for this locomotive and other Hudswell Clarke products supplied to the non-CSR mills in Queensland.

I would appreciate the contribution of further updates or photographs for North Eton Mill No.1, either during its service career or more recent preservation years.

References

a

Light Railway Research Society of Australia Inc. Web site

(Retrieved 3 November 2018):

'Preserved Australian Sugar Cane Locomotives' list by John Browning

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

b

Wikipedia page for Hudswell, Clarke & Co. Ltd,

retrieved 28 November 2018

c

Information provided by Scott Jesser

via email dated 2 May 2012

d

‘Salute to the Hudswells’ by Ian Stocks, David Mewes and John Browning

Published by Australian Narrow Gauge Railway Museum Society, 2014.

Page updated: 25 January 2019

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