One of a Kind

Special rollingstock has been created over the years to carry royalty and dignitaries, or even to suit unique situations. Today, only a few of these special items survive.

Two such items are on display in this exhibition:

Vice-Regal car (special car 445)

  • See this special carriage built at the Ipswich Railway Workshops in 1903 for the Governor of Queensland and visiting royalty.
  • See into the state room, observation room and lounge, and dining room.
  • Read the breakfast, luncheon and dinner menus for 10 December 1934, which was part of the Duke of Gloucester visit.

Although the Vice-Regal car hasn’t been used for many years, it is still technically part of the active fleet, and is therefore situated near the door if it’s required for ceremonial use.

Panhard railmotor RM14Panhard railmotor (RM 14)

  • See this unique item which was built at the Ipswich Railway Workshops in 1918.
  • The Panhard was in service on the isolated Normanton to Croydon railway line in the Gulf of Carpentaria.
  • Built to carry only ten passengers, it was open sided to allow for comfort in the heat and canvas blinds were rolled down in wet weather.

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