The MT 14 series cars were used extensively by Queensland Railways and the New South Wales Government Railways.
See Greg Lees pages for the NSW experience.
They were powered by the Fairmont RO-C series motor, using a flat belt drive to a two-speed gearbox mounted on the rear axle.
Accorded to Tutts, some 540 cars were built in the period between 1961 through to 1980, although, as Greg notes, the NSWGR had these cars in service in 1952. Photo shows a well restored Queensland Railways Mt14 Z42 at Gympie - home of the Mary Valley Railway
The above car is believed to be one of several M14-Z24s built for use in Queensland. One was sold at auction in November 2003. The car, owned by the Farleigh Mill, was known as the "Bumble Bee" and that name that was painted onto itThat car carried Pacific Number 1046, and was noted as built 1976, Engine No 110683Additional plates note "built under licence from Fairmont Railway Motors Inc.,Fairmont, Minnesota, U. S. A. Fairmont No. 240119, Model M14-Z24."It is understood to be the only Fairmont type car supplied to a sugar mill in the last 30 years.Queensland Rail also ran a couple of Z24 cars on its 2ft gauge Innisfail Tramway until that was sold in 1977. The cars were returned south for regauging.Thanks to John Browning for the information on "Bumble Bee" and the photo above.
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Page first uploaded May 2003 Updated May 2, 2004
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