Anything known, please?

 
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Anything known of this contraption, please?

https://www.shippinghistory.com/gallery/showimage.php?i=37175&catid=searchresults&searchid=12458

The pic is from the Shipping History website with the following details:

'Engine Pull Open Trolley for Passengers, Koo-Wee-Rup, Victoria c1920' *


Date Photo Taken:

c1920

Location Photo Taken:

Koo-Wee-Rup

Source of image:

Courtesy State Library of Victoria



* This is, presumably, a caption applied by the State Library who get many correct but who is also notorious for some which are utter rubbish. Rolling Eyes

Look like buckets for a dredge of some sort on the LHS of the pic?

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  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Can't see the pic without being logged in to the site...
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Can't see the pic without being logged in to the site...
Graham4405
Sorry Graham et al.

I didn't realise that. I am automatically logged in and I have no way of attaching the pic here on RP.

Anyway, imagine if you can:
  • A wooden framed 4-wheel flatbed underframe
  • A vertical boiler mounted thereon.
  • A single cylinder steam engine ahead of the boiler
  • The engine crankshaft is east - west across the underframe
  • A flywheel on one end of the crankshaft
  • Nothing attached to the other end of the crankshaft
  • Large wooden barrel as the feedwater supply
  • No obvious means of propulsion between the engine and the wheels yet appears (?) attached to a couple of similar 4-wheel flat trailers.
  • Skillion corrugated iron roof sloping front to back.
Might mean something to somebody?

Row of 'bucket wheel excavator'  buckets also in the pic.
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

Can’t access the photo due lack of an account, but presumably this link may help:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koo-Wee-Rup_Swamp
There’s a link to 45 photos in the State Library Victoria at the bottom, which has other photos of the ‘engine’.

Carlo Catani, of Catani Gardens, St Kilda fame, was the civil engineer in charge of draining the swamp (literal).

PS: The term ‘first class’ is used fairly loosely in the photo caption.

Captain’s Log – Supplemental:
It appears the engine was used to support the dredge:
http://kooweerupswamphistory.blogspot.com/search/label/Catani%20Carlo
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks Kitchgp.
Much appreciated and most informative.

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