• Mar
    • 22
    • 2014

Mary Valley Rattler

I just found this little bit of trivia about the Valley Rattler.
I remember the steam engine at Happy Valley in Caloundra.
This is what I found out about it courtesy of the Facebook group –  Caloundra – The Good Old Days.
“This is the info on the Train – it was a C 17 967 and entered service in August 1950 and worked in the Central Division based upon Rockhampton. C 17 class locomotives in the Central Division worked the mail trains west from Emerald and also the Emu Park and Yeppoon seaside trains. Mostly though, they worked the goods trains and branch lines, of which there were many in the Central Division. After 19 years of service, 967 was withdrawn from service in November 1969. It was set aside for preservation and placed in a park at Caloundra, near Bulcock Beach.

In 1985, it was bought by the Ghan Preservation Society for preservation in Alice Springs. The Commonwealth Railways NM class (which used to work the famous Ghan train to Alice Springs) were built to the same overall design as the Queensland C17’s and 967 was purchased in 1985 by the Ghan Preservation Society, Alice Springs, Northern Territory and exhibited as ‘gatekeeper’ at their site. In 2000 No. 967 was purchased by Beaudesert Rail and moved to Beaudesert, south of Brisbane, and was restored to operation in early 2003 for use on Beaudesert – Logan Village tourist trains. After Beaudesert Rail was placed into receivership, No. 967 was removed from Beaudesert to the Ipswich Railway Workshops during March 2006.

On 22 August 2007, the MVHR bought C 17 967 outright, through a tendering process with QR. C 17 967 is a welcome addition to the MVHR’s motive power fleet and will ensure the sustainability of the Rattler in the years to come. So today it runs on the Mary Valley Heritage Railway, if you have been there you may have been pulled along by it. Amazing isn’t it!”

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