Botanical Gardens Railway
Bundaberg Steam Tramway Preservation Society Incorporated (BSTPS) trading as Botanical Gardens Railway (BGR) isolated in the Botanical Gardens North Bundaberg, Queensland, Australia. The society is a non-profit organisation operated and maintained by volunteers. The aim of the society is to Restore, Maintain and Operate Steam Locomotives that were utilised in the Bundaberg district to haul Sugar Cane to the areas Juice and Sugar Mills. While doing this it is also to bring awareness to present and future generations of the machinery used by our pioneering families. The Steam Locomotives are fired on coal and operate on a 1km long 610mm gauge railway, constructed in 1986 and now maintained by BSTPS. BSTPS owns 3 Locomotives, a 1952 Bundaberg Fowler (No3 0-4-2T), a 1914 Orenstein and Koppel (No 6805 0-4-OT) and a 1911 Leeds Fowler (Invicta 0-6-2T). The carriages are ex 3 ton chop stick carriage bogies that have been modified to accommodate passengers.
3 steam locomotives, 6 ex-sugar cane rail bins. FACTS: The Loco most commonly used is the Bundaberg Fowler No.3 (Local product) built by the Bundaberg Foundry Engineers in 1952. (There were 8 built all for service within the Queensland Sugar Industry) This engine is of 042T design, which means it has no front wheels but has 4 driving wheels & 2 trailing or back wheels. The T stands for Tank meaning that it is has 2 side tanks for storing the water. They hold approx. 300gals (1364 litres) each. This Loco weighs approx. 18 tonnes with coal & water on board. Loco No.3 is designed to burn coal which comes from Blair Athol Qld . However it will run on wood but not efficiently. No.3 Engine will consume in a day approx. 300 to 400 kg of coal & use between 4000 to 5000 litres of water In one year our Engines will use approx. 25 tonnes of coal & will travel in the vicinity of 3000 kilometres The second Engine we use is (Germany) built in 1914. It is much smaller weighing in at only 12 tonnes and was built by Orenstein & Koppel in Germany. These locos were built for the Sugar Industry and some are still in service working in Indonesia. This engine is of 040T design (Has no front or trailing wheels which make it a very rough loco to ride on.) Time to light up these engines is approx. 3&1/2 hours. Normal start time is 6.30am and involves the laying of timber in the firebox with rags soaked in diesel. This is then lit and & when steam is eventually raised the coal is added. It is possible to force the fire & speed up the light up. Other jobs in the light up include cleaning the engine & all the carriages, lubrication of all the running gear, filling of water tanks, filling of the coal bunker & thorough inspection of the whole train so it is safe for operation. When all this has been done the days running can begin. The width of the track is 2 foot gauge or 610mm (This is the distance between the inside of the two rails) It takes approx. 10 to 15 mins to do 2 circuits of the gardens. (We leave whenever required) 4 members are required to operate the system on a running day Driver, Fireman, Guard & Ticket Seller The Driver is in charge of the days operation