Portfolio of Queensland Railways -
Pictures from the 50's and 60's.
A rear view of a BB18.1/4.
1076 was built at Walkers Limited, Marybrough, Queensland,
in 1955. On the tender is SWD, T standing for South Western Division,
Toowoomba, its home shed. Here she is drawn forward at Warwick
to take on water for the southbound run of the Sydney Express
through Stanthorpe to Wallangarra. This train designation was
#26 Up. The return passenger the following morning was 37 Down.
It is 3pm, and she'll be at journey's end by 6.
In an email to me, Mr Patrick Hodgson of Townsville,
who is doing further research on the Warwick-Wallangarra train
turns and duties, says, "My Father,
Frank Hodgson spent 43 years on the Railway at Wallangarra. At
the time this photograph was taken, he was a Shunter-in-Charge.
From his considerable knowledge of train operations, on arrival
at Wallangarra the crew of Sydney Mail, No. 26Up, if they were
from Warwick, would effect an immediate turn around and return
to Warwick with timetabled Train No. 253 (goods).
There were sleep over quarters in Wallangarra, and these would
have been used as required. I remember the long low building distinctly
on the western side of the yard, because it was heavily fly screened.
This and other western Queensland districts really needed protection
from these blighters - they buzzed around you incessantly, and
got in your eyes, nose and mouth.