Queensland Railways 1800 class rail motor

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Queensland Railways 1800 class railmotor
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1809 and 1811 behind RM93 on the Gulflander
Manufacturer Commonwealth Engineering
Built at Granville
Number built 24
Number in service 2
Number preserved 4
Number scrapped 18
Operator(s) Queensland Railways
Specifications
Prime mover(s) Gardner 6L3
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The 1800 class railcars were a class of self-propelled railcars built by Commonwealth Engineering, Granville for the Queensland Railways.

History[edit]

In 1949 the Queensland Railways placed an order for 12 aluminium two-carriage 1800 class railmotors with Commonwealth Engineering, Granville. Each set comprised a power car (RM - "Rail Motor") and trailer car (TP - "Trailer Passenger").[1]

Two trailer carriages remain in service on the Gulflander, operating between Normanton and Croydon, and one motor car is preserved at the Rosewood Railway Museum.[2] The bodies of four others are privately owned.

Summary[edit]

Number In service Withdrawn Scrapped Notes
RM1800 23 November 1952 16 January 1979 October 1985
TP1801 23 November 1952
TP1802 23 November 1952
RM1803 23 November 1952 15 February 1979 October 1985 Body privately owned at Wondai.
RM1804 28 January 1953 23 February 1980 Body privately owned near Dalby.
TP1805 28 January 1953
TP1806 28 January 1953
RM1807 28 January 1953 19 July 1975 July 1976
RM1808 29 March 1953 15 February 1969 March 1972
TP1809 29 March 1953 In use as a trailer on the Gulflander since 1980.
TP1810 29 March 1953 15 February 1969 March 1972
RM1811 29 March 1953 Used as the QR Commissioners Car in the 1980s. Demotored in 1991, reclassified TP1811 for use as a trailer on the Gulflander.
RM1812 26 June 1953 20 November 1978 Body privately owned near Gympie.
TP1813 26 June 1953 Body privately owned near Ebenezer.
TP1814 26 June 1953
RM1815 26 June 1953 10 October 1978 Preserved at the Rosewood Railway Museum.
RM1816 20 September 1953 15 November 1976 October 1985
TP1817 20 September 1953
TP1818 20 September 1953
RM1819 20 September 1953 18 February 1979 October 1985
RM1820 30 June 1954 14 November 1974 June 1979
TP1821 30 June 1954
TP1822 30 June 1954
RM1823 30 June 1954 13 March 1972 October 1985

References[edit]

  1. ^ Dunn, John (2006). Comeng: A History of Commonwealth Engineering Volume 1: 1921-1955. Kenthurst: Rosenberg Publishing. pp. 203–206. ISBN 1877058424. 
  2. ^ The 1800 Class "Blue Lagoons" Queendsland's Great Trains