Kim Thurlow's Portfolio of Queensland
Steam No 16
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Number 1027 takes the Wallangarra Mail alias Sydney
Express southward from Toowoomba, 12.45pm.
This was the Russell Street level crossing immediately
south of the Toowoomba railway platforms. It was one of the few
guarded crossings in the Toowoomba area, evidenced here by the
bell man, who always preceded the train with a red flag and the
bell swinging, until the engine reached the halfway point of the
crossing. The duties of bell man would have ususally been performed
by one of the station porters.
Here near the Russell Street level crossing, sandwiched
between the railway and the creek, was the City Library. It was
later to be removed to a larger building on the north side of
the town hall, and then later still to its current location. Over
the creek, on any mid day except Sunday, you could sample the
wares of the "Pieologist", for about a shilling ($0.10c). His little
occupied the back of a Holden utility (pickup), and he made exceptionally
good meat pies, and other pastries.