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Monday, June 25, 2012

Far North Queensland 22 June 2012

Heading straight back to the South Johnstone area, cane was being harvested at Silkwood for Tully Mill and conveyed by road transport to their northern terminus at Atherton Road, a couple of kilometres south of Silkwood township.

The timber bridge at Fisher's Creek on the old Innisfail Tramway has been replaced in steel.

The last Innisfail Tramway locomotive to be supplied, as DL20 PIN GIN, is now South Johnstone Mill number 27 and was noticed heading towards the mill at Wangan with two ballast hoppers and a ballast plough in tow.

Heading back north, further work on the old Babinda line conecting to Mulgrave Mill was going on at Cucania, with the loops there being relaid.
The ballast is not blue metal but quarry fines.

Further ahead, another locomotive new to Mulgrave, Clyde 23 BEHANA, was heading towards the mill in the Aloomba area.

This 1955-built locomotive has previously operated at Hambledon, Goondi, Babinda and South Johnstone Mills. 

Back at Mulgrave, another Clyde locomotive, 16 KAMMA, is in desperate need of a repaint, in spite of the new engine cover it received recently. 'Hambledon Mill 6' is clearly visible on the cab side, and Hambledon Mill closed 21 years ago.

Another ex-Hambledon Mill locomotive at Mulgrave is EM Baldwin 11 MAITLAND. It looks very smart in its new coat of paint.

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