Bunyip – who built this locomotive?

Meet Bunyip … an 0-4-0WT locomotive that comes with a mystery attached. We know where it worked … at the Wallaville sugar mill from 31st August 1896 to somewhere around 1962. Wallaville is a small town, roughly west of Bundaberg in Queensland, that once had its own sugar mill and network of cane lines. Bunyip was … Read more

Chasing Cane Trains

Here at the southern end of the Queensland sugar belt harvesting is in full swing so the weekend before last we decided that we would go and do a bit of cane train chasing. At this time of year you’re sure to see plenty of trains … at least that’s what we thought. So we … Read more

Cutting the Cane

Cutting the cane … getting it off the ground and on its way to the nearest sugar mill was once done by teams of men who cut the cane by hand. It was hard, back-breaking work that most of us would never consider doing these days. And apart from all that, it wasn’t a very … Read more

Cane Train at Wallaville

Back in July I posted some images I took out at Wallaville … an out-depot for Bingera Mill … and you can find those photos here. Today I found a video of one of those locos … Burnett … shunting cane bins in the Wallaville yard.

Cane Trains are Running Again

It’s sugar cane season in Queensland – in fact cane cutting starts in May and runs right through to December every year although the start of the season is staggered and the further south you go the later the season starts. This year though the cutting season in the southern part of the state has … Read more

Steam Cane Train

It’s an epic battle of man and steam engine trying to shift tonnage up a steep grade and it used to happen every day in Nambour Queensland during cane season on a 2 foot cane railway that ran up the centre of the main street in town. Sadly it’s all gone now … steam was … Read more

Isis Mill Number 5

We headed off to Bundaberg again yesterday for our regular stationary fix at Office Works. Between Childers and Bundaberg the highway crosses several cane lines at crossings that are well-protected by flashing lights and bells. Both crossings are on long straight stretches so it’s pretty hard to miss the lights and bells but, as I … Read more