Join us again as we travel by Steam Train from the Ipswich Railway Workshops to the historic Grandchester Railway Station on Sunday the 24th March.
Our motive power for the day will be the workhorse of the Queensland Rail Heritage Fleet Steam Locomotive “Bety” BB18 ¼ 1079. 1079 was one of the final twenty BB18 ¼ Class 4-6-2 passenger locomotives constructed by Walkers Ltd, Maryborough between 1955 and 1958.
It entered service with Queensland Railways in November 1956 and was retired from normal revenue service in October 1969. Unlike most of its sisters, 1079 escaped the scrap heap, instead being retained by Queensland Railways for historical and tourist train duties, being based and maintained with the small fleet of heritage steam locomotives at the Ipswich Railway Workshops.