|Shop Number 2097||-||Built for: Munro's Hampton-Perseverence Tram|
2 - 7 x 12
[Style - Diam.]
Munro's Hampton-Perseverance Tram #2 "MUNRO", Hampton, Queensland, Australia
(1937 Out of service
(1974) Illawarra Light Railway Museum Society, Albion Park, NSW, Australia
service until the tramway closed in 1936. Major components of the locomotive
were donated to the Illawarra Light Railway Museum Society in 1974. Albion
Park, near Wollongong, NSW, Australia.
SLc Survivor List
Shipped to: D. Munro #2 "MUNRO", Towoomba, Queensland, Australia
updated 15 November 2000
ILLAWARRA LIGHT RAILWAY MUSEUM SOCIETY SHAY PROJECT
from: Richard Wilson, Australia
The I.L.R.M.S. Ltd. has the remains of two 2'6" gauge Shays used by the Queensland sawmilling company of A & D Munro, which operated the locomotives on their 2'6" gauge tramway near Toowoomba (Lima B/Nos 906 of 1904 and 2097 of 1908). These remains include two badly damaged boilers, a fuel bunker, frames, engine crankshaft and bogie components. In addition to this, we have some other bogie components off the 20' gauge Shay "Mapleton" (Lima B/No. 2800 of 1914) from the Moreton Central Sugar Mill at Nambour, also in Queensland.
The locomotive under construction will use as many original components as possible. It will be No.5 on the I.L.R.M.S. steam roster and will resemble the two 2'0" Shays used in the Queensland cane fields. This design of small Shay was popular in the U.S.A. in light industrial applications. When commissioned, our locomotive will be the only working 2'0" gauge A Class Shay in the world!
The frame uses new universal beams with as many original fittings as possible; such as the brake cylinder and rigging, brackets, tie rods and pole cups off the two Munro Shays. It is intended to use a spare boiler from our Davenport loco with one of the original Shay smoke boxes, chimney and firebox support brackets. The bogies are fitted with the original wheel sets, gearing, axle box castings, springs, bolster castings and centre bearings. The engines will be scratch built using an original crankshaft and some other components. The bunker, cab and sand boxes will all be new.
A major difference between our locomotive and the original Lima design is that the twin cylinder engine will not be directly mounted to the side of the boiler, as Workcover would not allow this. Thus, the frame alone will support the engine, which will require some localized frame strengthening for support.
Should you like to come and see our progress or maybe join and help us, please visit the Illawarra Light Railway Museum at Tongarra Road Albion Park, NSW. Steaming days are held on the second Sunday of the month, Sundays of public holiday weekends and the second and fourth Sundays in January. Enquiries can be made on the Museum phone number (02) 4256-4627.
(12-23-2001) The restored/rebuilt locomotive will be number 906. Major parts are from 906, with some minor bits from number 2097.
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