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Moreton Central Sugar Mill 'Moreton' (right, Krauss 0-6-0TT) - Nambour to canefields with empty wagons. This 3 mile line was all that remained in use of Mapleton Shire Tramway. 'Moreton' was Mill's oldest engine; photo from the John Browning Collection, 26 Oct 1961.

John Browning Collection, Moreton Mill Krauss on ex-Mapleton Tramway line

Mapleton Tramway

The Mapleton Tramway started life as a mill-owned sugar cane railway before being purchased and extended by the Maroochy Shire. The Moreton Central Sugar Mill (Nambour) eventually retook ownership of the tramway and reverted to sugar cane haulage.

The tramway climbed one of the most difficult areas of the Blackall Range and used two Shay-type locomotives to climb the steep grades involved. Rolling stock included log bogies; passenger, cream and brake vans; flat, covered (box) and livestock wagons.

The Moreton Mill Shay was constructed from pieces of the two Mapleton Shays. It has been preserved and is on display in the Nambour Museum.

John Knowles book, 'The Mapleton Tramway', is the best resource for this 2' gauge Shire tramway. Privately published in 2004 (ISBN 0-9593651-5-X), the book contains tramway history, mapsANGRMS or your local rail museum.

Sugar Mill railways

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