WWI Hunslet locomotive calls The Workshops Rail Museum its new home

03 November 2017

More than one hundred years since its dispatch to war, the Hunslet No. 327 locomotive will call The Workshops Rail Museum its home after three years of restoration.

Queensland Museum’s Acting CEO Dr Jim Thompson said it was wonderful that the Hunslet No. 327 locomotive would be on permanent display at the Museum.

“This small locomotive has had an extraordinary life, initially not expected to last more than about six weeks during war and then serving more than 40 years in a Queensland sugar cane mill,” Dr Thompson said.

Built in 1916 by the Hunslet Locomotive Works of Leeds, England, the engine was one of 665 steam locomotives ordered by the British War Office during the First World War and dispatched to France to move munitions and supplies to the front lines.

Following the end of the war the locomotive was rebuilt by Hunslet Engine Co. and in June 1920 it was one of 15 War Office Hunslet locomotives purchased by the Queensland Government and shipped to Mackay to begin work as a cane train at the North Eton Sugar Mill.

The locomotive was retired in 1964 and moved to Eton’s Langford Park where it was put on static display for the community. Due to deterioration, it was removed in 2005 and generously donated by the Mackay Sugar Co-Operative Association to The Workshops Rail Museum in Ipswich.

In a project spanning ten years, including three years of restoration by Queensland Rail, The Workshops Rail Museum has brought the Hunslet No. 327 back to its original First World War configuration.

The Hunslet No. 327 locomotive is now on permanent display at The Workshops Rail Museum.


  • Family ticket $44.50 (2 adults and 4 children)
  • Adult $14.50
  • Concession $12.50
  • Child (3-15 years) $11.50
  • Child (under 3 years of age) FREE
  • Annual Pass holders FREE (an annual family pass can be bought for $99 for 2 adults and 2 children)
  • Tickets can be purchased online at www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au or on-site at the Museum Ticket Office

For more information call (07) 3432 5100 or visit www.theworkshops.qm.qld.gov.au.