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.

Panhard railmotor RM14

  • 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.