List of Queensland steam locomotives

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List of Queensland steam locomotives


Until 1889, each of the isolated sections of the Queensland Railways adopted its own locomotive numbering system. With the impending joining of most of the sections, in 1890 a new centralised classification system was adopted to eliminate duplications. Locomotives on the Southern & Western Railway retained their existing numbers, with locomotives on other networks renumbered where there was a duplication.[1][2]

The classification system consisted of a letter, indicating the number of driving axles, followed by a number, indicating the cylinder diameter in inches and factions of inches. This was confusing for two reasons:

  • it differed from the international system
  • it could lead to several classes having the same classification number

Where classification numbers were duplicated, the classes were usually distinguished by the name of the builder, e.g. A10 Baldwin, A10 Fairlie, A10 Neilson.[1][2]

In the case of tank locomotives, the number of wheels was added as prefix, e.g. the 6D16 class had six wheels. When all four wheel tank locomotives, the prefix was dropped, thus the 6D16 class became the D17 class.[1][2]

Number of driving axles International classification QR classification
1 A -
2 B A
3 C B
4 D C
3 (Tank locomotive) D

Improved versions of a similar class were given a second identical letter. For example, the improved version of the D17 was the DD17.



  1. ^ a b c Armstrong, John (1985). Locomotives in the Tropics Volume 1. Brisbane: Australian Railway Historical Society. p. 8. ISBN 0 909937 13 3.
  2. ^ a b c Clark, Peter (2012). An Australian Locomotive Guide. Rosenberg Publishing. p. 16. ISBN 9781921719554.