Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Posting Positive News in Train Bid

Newspaper article The Queensland Times (Ipswich, Australia)

Posting Positive News in Train Bid

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Byline: Beryl Johnston

THE first of two trains being erected at the Ipswich Railway Workshops in May 1925 were destined to be mail trains running from Townsville to Cairns.

It was stated that these trains had been specially designed to meet the tropical conditions of the north and in addition "embody all those details that must exist in the modern trains of this class".

Both first and second class carriages were on the same lines, and each had excellent lavatory accommodation, roof ventilators, emergency alarm brake and an iced water supply.

One compartment in a second class car had been designed as a buffet with large ice chests etc and during the trip iced mineral water, sweets and tobacco could be purchased.

In the construction of the train, the "Made in Australia" policy was followed to the utmost.

With the use of timbers such as yellow wood, pine, hardwood, silky oak and satin wood, all the steel underframe, springs, brake gear, wheels and axles were products of Australian manufacture. …

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