A C17 Class Steam Locomotive or
A C17 Class Steam Locomotive or "brown bomber" steam engine being delivered to the Archer Park Rail Museum yesterday. Allan Reinikka

Full steam ahead for rail museum

IF YOU want to know the finer details when it comes to trains or any local rail history, you will get all the answers from Bill Head.

A railway enthusiast through and through since the age of four, Bill is part of a family tradition of railway workers, and has been passing on his knowledge of the industry to those who visit the Archer Park Rail Museum for almost 10 years.

And yesterday it saw the new addition to the Rockhampton rail heritage museum, where a 1952 C17 class steam locomotive and its tender were lifted onto the platform.

Team leader for the Archer Park Rail Museum, Dennis Sheehan said it was an exciting day for the rail museum as the process to acquire the train had been ongoing since 1992.

“To see it come to fruition and to see the goal finally reached is a great feeling,” Mr Sheehan said.

We like to think of it as a Thomas the Tank Engine that the kids will love to see and enjoy when they come here as a new edition to our rail heritage on display.”

Bill said it brought back a lot of memories for him.

“Having this here makes you feel and young again and you can reminisce about all of the memories like you're still a part of it,” Mr Head said.

The new attraction will be on show at the museum from 9am to 4pm every day except Saturday.



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