Water Tank

Built: 1887
Original location: Killarney Branch
Capacity: 28,390 litres
Dimensions: 5 m x 5 m
Height: 9 m

Built in 1887, the water tank is believed to be the original from Warwick’s first railway station (now known as Millhill). It was transferred to the new Warwick station in 1888.

In 1912 the tank was dismantled and replaced with two 24.4m tall round tanks that were built at the new locomotive depot at Warwick.

The original tank was then sent to Tannymorel on the Killarney Branch where it remained for the next 83 years. In 1964 the line to Tannymorel closed.

When the Warwick Railway Preceint was opened in 1995, the tank was ‘brought home’ to Warwick.

Water tank at the Warwick Railway Precinct.

Peter Brixey Museum

Housed in the former Cottonvale Station building, it is named after Peter Brixey who started the collection in the building and who is responsible for the majority of photographs and information that is on display there.

Just some of the artifacts:

  • cash bags, cash box, bung bags
  • block telegraph instrument
  • old public telephone
  • 3 wheeled push-pull inspectors trike,
  • Killarney Junction frame levers
  • old photographs, maps
  • tucker boxes, old set of scales, type-writer
  • posters, circulars, weekly notices, ticket stock books
  • Millhill train register book, working timetables, rule books, rates books, and
  • a large assortment of documents.

Members Library

Available for loan by SDSR members only:

  • Over 60 videos and DVDs of railway stories (from Australia and from overseas)
  • Large collection of railway books
  • ARHS Bulletins and Sunshine Express Magazines dating back to the 1970s
  • Monthly Railway magazines

Trike on display at the Museum in the Warwick Railway Precinct.

Locomotive turntable

Built: 1912
Capacity: Approx 110 t.
Width: 17.8m
Gauge: 1065mm gauge (3ft 6in)

Built in 1912, the turntable is 17.8m long and can be operated by hand or with air.

To operate by hand, there is a handle at one end of the turntable which in cranked.
To operate by air, there is a hose that is connected to the brake pipe of a locomotive.
This mechanism was installed in 1957. How the turntable was operated before this time is uncertain.

Locomotive turntable at the Warwick Railway Precinct.

1970s photo of the demolished Warwick Locomotive Depot.

The sandstone featured in the turntable retaining walls came from Yangan Quarry which was ownered by the Brewer family. It is the only known turntable with sandstone construction.

Apart from the inspection pits and ash-pit, the turntable is also all that remains of the original Warwick locomotive depot which was demolished in the 1970s.

When SDSR moved to the Warwick Railway Precinct in 1995, the turntable was in a very bad state of repair and lot of work needed to be done to it to bring it back to it’s former glory.

Locomotive roundhouse

Built: 1912
Closed: 1970’s
Capacity: Currently 4 restored (Originally 7 bays)

The original seven bay part-roundhouse built in 1912 and included seven inspection/ash pits, all with drainage.

 

Restored roundhouse at the Warwick Railway Precinct.

One of the roads had a wheel exchange pit and to the western side was a machine shop (allowing wheel repairs, and general matching of loco parts). At the back of this shed was an engine room, and next to the machine shop was the railmotor shed with an ash pit as well. The loco office and store was also a part of all this.

Locomotive roundhouse in the 1960’s.

 

Map of the QR Warwick Yard detailing the roundhouse – 1937.

All of this infrastructure was completely demolished and removed in the 1970s and the inspection pits filled in.

Apart from the turntable, nothing remained of the original roundhouse when SDSR arrived in 1995.

The rebuilding of the roundhouse, on it’s original footing began in 1996.

Currently, only four of the original seven bays have been restored. This has necessitated the excavation of the ash and inspection pits which are approx 4ft (1m) deep, and then the excavation of the wheel exchange pit, which is another 8 feet deep (12ft in total). It was here SDSR found the original air over water hoist used for exchanging the wheels, and it has been found to be in working order. From here, SDSR has recreated the locomotive shed over the four these bays.

It is hoped that the original seven bays will be re-instated in the future.

Cottonvale Station buildings

Opened: 1917
Closed: 1996
Original Location: Southern Line (Amiens Branch junction)

Cottonvale Station – March 2006

 

Cottonvale railway station was built in 1917 and was located 28 miles (45km) south of Warwick on the railway between Warwick and Stanthorpe.

The station was named after Edward Cotton, a local orchardist who had also been employed at one time as a railway fettler and a lengthsman. It is notable that his name is recorded on both the Warwick and Stanthorpe War Memorials but his final resting place is unkown.

 

Cottonvale Station – June 1925

Cottonvale became a junction to the Amiens Branch line in 1920. The branch was officially opened by HRH the Prince (Duke) of Wales on 26 July 1920. The photo above shows a building to the far right which was especially erected for the Duke in case he required a toilet stop. However it was never used and thereafter it was nicknamed the ‘Duke’s Dyke’.

The Amiens Branch line closed in 1974 and in 1996 Cottonvale station itself closed. The station building and goods shed was transported to the Warwick Railway Precinct in February 1999 and is now used as a library and museum.