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Registration Number: H14307.1

Name or Title: Steam Traction Engine

Classification: CH classification MACHINERY Engines Steam traction

Brief Description: Engine No. 29788, manufactured by Garretts of Leiston, England in December 1911. A 6 m.p.h. compound, double crank, colonial model steam traction engine with 6 'nominal horsepower.' The engine is a compound engine with 2 cylinders, 1 bore 6 inch (152mm) and 10.5 inches (267mm), stroke 12 inches (305mm). Engine has two forward gears, and one reverse. Designed to burn wood, rather than coal. Originally operating at 180 p.s.i., now restricted to 100 p.s.i. Weight: approximately 12 tonnes.

Collection: Social History

Production Place: Leiston/Suffolk/England

Production Date: Dec 1911

Materials: Steel (Metals - Ferrous) Brass (Metals - Non-Ferrous) Indeterminate Wood (Wood)

Measurement : L3700 x W2410 x H5500 mm

Signature/Marks: R.GARRETT & SONS Ltd \ ENGINEERS \ LEISTON WORKS \ ENGLAND
RICHARD GARRETT & SONS Ltd \ LEISON WORKS
CLEAN OUT THE BOILER \ AFTER EVERY 100 WORKING \ HOURS
RICHARD GARRETT & SONS Ltd \ LBS \ 27788 180 1914 \ PER INCH \ LEISTON ENGLAND
CLARK & FAUSET \ AGENTS \ THE "GARRETT" TRACTION \ BRISBANE

History and Use: This engine was built in England in 1911 by Richard Garrett and Co. It is a 6 horsepower, 2 cylinder engine, weighing approximately 12 tonnes.
The engine was imported to Australia in 1914 by the Brisbane machine agents Clark & Fauset. These agents sold it later that year to the Normanby Shire Council, Harrisville. The Council used the engine to power a rock crusher and to tow trailers of crushed rock to road building sites south of Ipswich. From the 1930s to the 60s, it was used by its various owners to drive sawmills, winch logs and clear land.
The Queensland Museum purchased the engine in 1979 from an owner in Crows Nest, NSW. With the help of the Army, the engine was transported back to Brisbane and restored. Its first public steaming after restoration was on 18 May 1982.

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