The Hunslet "War Office" Type Locos
Photos in Australia
With the return of 1215 to the UK there are still four more locos in Australia which are in preservation by a mixture of societies and museums.
As can be seen their condition varies somewhat, but their history as ex-WW1 locos has a lot of significance
with their owners and others. While in industrial service all were disfigured with smokebox extensions and also had the cab back-plate removed.
Of the remaining 4, 3 appear to be reasonably original with mainly the correct works numbers on all components. The
odd one is 1229/1240 which appears to be an amalgam largely of these two but with a sprinkling of bits from others that saw Australian service.
1215 is included here with photos of it before it started the journey back around the world.
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- 1215 under restoration in Brisbane, January 2001
- 1215 under restoration frames cleaned and primed, new tanks and rebuilt cab, May 2004
- 1218 in store at WeeWaa January 2001, loco was sold to the AWM January 2002
- 1218 another view note original worksplate
- 1218 at the AWM after restoration
- 1218 another view and fine it looks too, the historically correct dull black actually shows well the thorough restoration work
- 1229/1240 at Woodford May 2004, is a composite of a number of locos
- 1239 in the park at North Eton 1997, now stored under cover at the old mill
- 1239 leaving North Eton in August 05, heading for a secure future at the Ipswich Workshops railway museum
- 1317 in Proserpine museum January 2003, recently tidied up a bit, and back on public display in 2003.
- 1317's remaining cylinder cover most components were originally stamped like this
- 1317 as now on display