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    • 8 Dec 2022
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    Bob Gough will present on the following subject:

    Bundy's Last Great Adventure 

    The presentation started in 1997 at the Brisbane Model Train Show. We were setting up the Woodford Railway Museum Sales & photos stand. The late George Hadley, a well-known person who worked at Moreton Central Mill Nambour was helping set up the Nambour Model Railway Club display & layout. George approached  David Mewes & myself & asked would we be interested in helping with the Annual Sugar Cane Festival in Nambour in August 1997. He asked I if we would loan our Bundy Fowler Locomotive No. 5 to demonstrate cane haulage on an hourly basis from Howard Street yard to Nambour Mill hauling 45 or 50 6-ton bins of cane to help keep the Mill yard full.

    We said yes we could assist, George responded your Members will have to drive the Loco, oh yes please. The Festival Committee booked 3 of us in to the local Hotel. For one week we did this demonstration each year from 1997 to 2000. That August was the start of the Documentary " Bundy's Last Great Adventure " from Nambour to Mossman Sugar Mill for the rest of August
    • 9 Feb 2023
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    John Browning will present on the following subject:

    A Tour of Queensland's cane railways during a time of Covid.

    In 2020, with planned overseas travel cancelled, and State borders closed, what better solution than to hop in the car to view 18 cane railway operations on the 3600 km drive from Brisbane to Mossman and return?

    This presentation will show some of the main highlights of the road trip and provide insight into the planet’s most advanced and extensive above ground industrial narrow-gauge operations.


    • 13 Apr 2023
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    Mark Langdon will present on the following subject:

    Mortlake Gasworks

    The Mortlake gas works was erected in the late 1880s on a site on the Parramatta River in Sydney and the site had been selected to enable coal to be shipped directly from Newcastle to the gasworks. Initially, a single retort house was erected and, to transport the coal from the wharf to the Retort House, a locomotive was purchased from Hudswell Clarke in the U.K. Eventually, the Mortlake Gasworks would grow to become the largest gasworks in the Southern Hemisphere and seven locomotives were acquired to operate the internal railway system. In 1914, a Telpher system commenced operation at Mortlake to transport the coal, but the internal railway system did nor close until 1948. This lecture will describe both the narrow-gauge railway and the Telpher system used at Mortlake.

    • 8 Jun 2023
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    Frank Stamford will present on the following subject:

    A 1968 Jet Search for Steam

    The introduction of “Pacesetter” fares for under-26-year-olds in 1968 made international air travel much more affordable. This presentation will include some highlights of a fifteen-week trip which took advantage of those fares. It will include Indonesia, western Europe, and South Africa. The emphasis will be on Java, which was a mind-boggling journey into the unknown; and some characterful narrow-gauge railways.


    • 10 Aug 2023
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    David Jehan will present on the following subject:

    The Clyde Engineering Company Limited

    The Clyde Engineering Company Limited was registered on 30 September 1898 in New South Wales. It was one of the iconic Australian engineering firms whose history spanned just over a century and was one of the few locomotive and rolling stock builders in the world that transitioned from steam to diesel to electric traction. 

    The company was formed by Walter Maplesden Noakes who purchased the works of Hudson Brothers Limited in the Sydney suburb of Granville, which had been established by in 1882. 

    This talk covers the first five decades of the company’s operation, which is best described as the STEAM ERA. During this period, which covers two world wars and the great depression, the range of products made was exceptional. 

    The company built 533 steam locomotives mainly for the railways of NSW, but also for most states in Australia. They also built and overhauled steam locomotives and boilers for numerous private operators. 

    A significant number of locomotive-hauled and electric coaching stock were built, in addition to a sizable portion of the electric tramcar fleet that operated on the Sydney network. Goods wagons, tank wagons and coal hoppers were also constructed in large numbers. 


    • 12 Oct 2023
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    John Dennis will present on the following subject:

    Stannary Hills Tramway  

    When tin was discovered west of the Atherton Tablelands in remote Far North Queensland, access to the mines was a significant problem. The 2 ft gauge Stannary Hills Tramway was constructed through spectacular countryside alongside Eureka Creek, servicing the mines, to a battery located alongside Walsh River. This tramway allowed the Irvinebank Co. to construct its own connecting line providing easy access for the mill and smelter to the outside world. This presentation will describe the history of these two tramways. 

    • 8 Feb 2024
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
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    Richard Warwick will present on the following subject:

    An overview of some tramways used by the SRWSC

    The State Rivers and Water Supply Commission (SRWSC) was formed in 1905 by the Victorian government to manage the supply of water in the rural areas of the State.  The SRWSC constructed many dams and weirs over the years and many of those employed various forms of tramways in their construction.  This presentation will provide an overview of the tramways used on three of those construction sites.  The  Sugarloaf reservoir (now called Eildon) was constructed between 1915 and 1927 and utilised horse drawn tramways and extensive use of inclines to move large quantities of rock, earth, sand and concrete around the site.  After it was completed there was a major failure of the earth embankment and further earthworks needed to be carried out.  For that work several Malcolm Moore tractors were used.  The Yarrawonga Weir on the Murray River was constructed between 1935 and 1939 and utilised steam, diesel and horse tramways.  The Lauriston Reservoir was constructed between 1939 and 1942 and consisted of an mass concrete arch wall across a valley.  Diesel tractor hauled tramways were used in the initial earthworks stage and then for carting concrete around the site.  The presentation will include many photos taken at the various sites and a discussion of some of the difficulties encountered.  

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