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“The Valley Rattler” – Weighing in at just over 80 tonnes and with eight driving wheels, the C 17 class became the mainstay of the Queensland Railways steam fleet. It could handle secondary branch line work and also haul the mail trains of the Queensland Railways. In fact, 227 of this type of locomotive served with Queensland Railways, from 1920 through to 1969 when steam locomotives were finally withdrawn from service.

The need for this type of locomotive was so desperate after World War 1, that the Queensland Government of the 1920’s ordered locomotives from the English firm of Armstrong, Whitworth and Company. These locomotives were completed in England and shipped to Australia arriving in 1927. C 17 class locomotive No 802 arrived from England in 1927, and entered service in July of the same year. The total cost of C 17 802 in entering service was 5013 pounds. Today she is a tourist attraction operating between Gympie and Imbil through the scenic Mary valley.

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