G'day all, I've been overtaken by indecision over the past few weeks but I'm OK now, I'm over it at least for the moment and we're back in Brisbane late in 1963. In fact we're in Ipswich hangin' around the Loco Depot and the Workshops. Ipswich is southwest of Brisbane. I can't figure out where the Loco was, in the shots of the roundhouse there is a two or three story school building which seems to have a large cross on the end wall.....I'm guessing that it is a Catholic College and I've searched for it on Google Earth and NearMap with no luck. Ah well never mind, it may not be there anymore
For the most part suburban passenger services to Ipswich was steam hauled and as well there were main line trains and considerable coal traffic from the mines in the district.
The General Motors diesel 1466 seems to be on a through freight train and the Yank, 221A ,at Ipswich station is towing a rake of coal hoppers.
The Yanks were so-called because they came to Queensland from The Baldwin Locomotive Works in the U.S.A during the war years. They were officially known as the AC16 class and one is preserved in running order.
The very shiny Pacific was fresh out of the overhaul and was tearing up and down under test, it hasn't even had it's number restored to the buffer beam.
The other shots are pretty much self explanatory and are at the Loco Depot. The close up of the Yank gives some idea of the everyday grime and dirt around any steam locomotive.
If anyone knows where the Loco Depot was I'm curious to know.
I reckon that eight photos almost makes up for a week or two of neglect of duty.
More Brisbane next week and then we'll set off on the 1000 mile trip north to Cairns.
Regards and apologies,