Page 9 of Kim Thurlow's
Portfolio of Queensland Railways -
Pictures from the 50's and 60's.
Class C17 number 921 is shunting the stock sale yards
at Harristown in 1963.
Every Thursday us boys could rush home from school,
and on the pretext of collecting manure for the home garden, ride
the engines, shovel the coal, and help prod a few cattle through
the race as well. Happy times!
See the sign in the background proclaiming loudly on
behalf of the established firm of Elder Smith Goldsborough Mort
(or was that a joint effort between two firms?) that you could
bring your heifers, steers and poddys along and get cash, eh!,
Bill Wallace of Toowoomba has these memories:
" I also used to go up to the
Harristown sales yard to bum watermelon off the grown-ups - but
they usually made me help with the pigs or calves before they
me any melon."
Intersting vehicle behind the engine. This was a bogie
cattle wagon, with a human compartment at each end. Quite ubiquitous
in Queensland. I wonder if such vehicles were built elsewhere
in the world?
John Gillam, a retired QR guard, in an email to me,
says of these wagons: "The bogie cattle wagon is in fact
a KKB Van, as you say it has 2 compartments, one each end, with
cattle loaded in the middle. A compartment at one end is for the
Drover travelling with the cattle and the other compartment is
the GUARDS VAN.
The KKB had no lights, all the guards work was done by the lighs
of his kerosene hand lamp held under his arm while he filled out
his guards time & occurrence sheet and also the Drivers time
When travelling along in these Vans in winter time we used to
place our hand lamps between our feet , under our overcoats for
a little warmth." Thanks to John Gillam for this interesting
piece on life as a guard.
There are 19 images total on this site and you are
half way there.
me an email if you liked the show so
far. You can also visit my ode to the steam
I am adding more images as I find the time, so check back sometime.