Sunday, August 2, 2015

Your own Clarabelle

Have you been following Collecting QR and my messy attempts at trying to restore this old Queen, and have you thought you'd like a crack at doing something similar? Well, now's your chance!

This is the best link I can find to a site offering a 1886 Queensland carriage for sale. Here is what the add says:

Own a piece of Australian history – Rare 1886 Queensland Passenger Carriage in exceptional condition.
Very solidly built with double roof with air gap so it is warm in winter and cool in summer. All wood construction including the chassis with gated platforms both ends - Completely rewired and fitted with early 1900’s interior wall lights. Freshly painted inside – no water leaks – LPG Bayonet fitting installed for gas heater – mostly original including ceilings, walls, floor and platform gates - exterior left as original that is how we like it but could easily be painted.
Some of the items shown in the photos will be included in the sale such as the large table, suitcase racks, shelving and other bits and pieces.
This carriage is my “Girl Shed” but very versatile as it could be a “Man Shed”, Office, Granny Flat, Accommodation etc.
This carriage was built at Ipswich Queensland in 1886 specifically for the Townsville Normanton line. However, there was no rail line linking Brisbane (Ipswich) with Townsville so the carriage was sent to Townsville by ship. It spent its entire working life around the Normanton Region as a First and Second Class Carriage from 1886 to 1963 when it was converted to a Camp Wagon so this carriage has a lot of history and it will only increase in value the older it gets. Even the railway track supplied with the carriage is stamped 1886. This information has been confirmed by the Ipswich Railway Museum in writing.
As this is such a unique historical object it is very hard to value, so we will consider offers over $50,000 and the cost of removal and delivery to a new site is the responsibility of the purchaser.
It was delivered to our property on a low loader and placed in its present position by a crane. It is approx. 13 metres in length and 2.4 wide.
The Carriage is located near Dorrigo NSW Mid North Coast.
More photos and specifications are available on request by emailing us at

If only I had the cash, I wouldn't be telling you this!

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