Rather old railmotor.
Ex. Queensland Railways RMd 74 railmotor at the Redlands Museum, Cleveland in SE Queensland.
RMd 74 was built by QR’s Ipswich Workshops in 1934. It was fitted initially with a 100 hp petrol engine but like most of QR’s railmotor, converted to a 102 hp Gardner Diesel engine in 1942.
It’s star rose to fame when it was sent to the isolated, one train a week Normanton-Croydon line in 1964 where it worked until withdrawn and replaced by another fairly old red rail motor in 1982.
Following withdrawal it was stored until restored with a 1988 Bi-Centennary grant and donated to the Museum.
The railway between these two small Gulf Country towns still exists and is worked to the same one day per week timetable (although extra short runs are scheduled for tourist purposes) and is more well known today as the Gulflander. I guess when I say one day per week, it travels from Normanton to Croydon one day and comes back the next. The whole railway and its precincts are a major tourist drawcard and have been for many years, much of the infrastructure is as it was built in the 19th. century.
The railway also still carries regular passengers and one reason for its longevity up to a point was the regular flooding of the road between the two towns, leaving the line as the only lifeline.
Various types of red railmotors did work the old Cleveland Line until its closure (it has now been reopened and somewhat foreshortened and electrified) but the donation to the Museum was more one of its availability when requested rather than any tangible connection.
I rode the Normanton to Croydon Line with a number of fellow enthusiasts back in 1977 in this railmotor so it was nice to reacquaint myself with it. It is of course in much better condition and modified back to its original state I believe than it was then. It was and still is a fantastic ride, rough as guts on the original track, still laid in the Gulf country dirt on steel sleepers to resist attack by voracious termites. If you get a chance to do the Gulflander or the Savannahlander to Forsayth, take the chance. These are two rail journeys out of history into history, the likes of which are extremely rare today anywhere.