Isis Mill No.4

Things can get a little confusing when you start looking steam locos that worked in the cane fields. Locos often moved from one mill to another and with each move a different number would be assigned and keeping track of those numbers can be a challenge.

The only sure way to keep track of these steam locomotives is via their builders’ numbers and that’s the way we can tell that this loco … Isis No. 4 … was once Childers Central Mill’s No. 3

this loco … Isis No. 4 … was once Childers Central Mill’s No. 3

This 0-6-0T was built in 1896 by John Fowler & Co (with builder’s number 7607) for CSR’s Childers Mill. In 1933 the loco was sold to Isis Central Mill when the Childers mill closed.

Isis renumbered it as their No. 4 and it worked on the mill’s system for another 22 years. It was withdrawn in 1955 – some reports suggest the 1960’s – and later sold to a private buyer.

The loco is reported to have then changed hands several times before being sold to an overseas buyer. However Isis No. 4 never left our shores because the Federal Government stepped in to prevent a piece of our heritage being shipped offshore.

Today the loco sits under cover in the grounds of the Isis District Historical Society in Childers.

Today the loco sits under cover in the grounds of the Isis District Historical Society in Childers.

Details from Canetrains.net and a report by Jodie van de Wetering, reporter for the ABC, made on 20 August 2008.
Photos by me