Newsletter Number 20 November 2012

Newsletter Number 20               November 2012


Welcome to our latest newsletter.  Included are a few items of interest to bring you up to date with our group’s activities.


 Krauss Loco Display Site in Central Buderim (Helene)   Council has advised that the Website to promote the Krauss Display Site is up and running. It includes the Krauss Locomotive Display Design Report and Project News. As the project progresses the “Project News” will be updated. Council has placed a large sign on the display site near the OPO.  To view the website, go to council website, , select HAVE YOUR SAY from the menus on the right side of page, then select Krauss Locomotive Display, Lindsay Road Buderim from the list.


The Telco Road Heritage Tramway Walking Track.  (Neil)  Early in November Helene, Noel and Neil assisted Braggs to install the three interpretive signs at the Telco Rd walking track. The installation and the quality of the sign preparation came up to our expectations and favourable comments about them have come from walking track users. Council contractor Ian Emsbey has also carried out the work planned by Greg Strain/BPHTI in the lower track segment from 1580m (the cattle-grid) to about 1900m where the walking track comes close to the house driveways of Liana Pl. The entire surface has been lightly cleared and a number of trees removed so that access by a small machine is now possible from Liana Pl to the cattle-grid.


Discussions were held with Greg Strain concerning the need to improve the walking track access around the cattle-grid. We suggested building a walkway around the cattle grid to include a viewing platform, seating and signage.  Consequently we are applying for a grant from the State Government’s Get in the Game Program to fund this initiative.


Fund Raising.  We need to design and print a new brochure toencourage the general public and businesses to donate to the building fund to help us achieve the Krauss relocation in Buderim.


Honorary Life MembershipIn all organisations, there are members who give of their time and energy without any expectation of reward. These members are the quite achievers who stay out of the limelight but continue to work hard behind the scenes. One of these is a founding member of BPHTI, Trevor Robinson.

At the AGM Trevor was awarded an Honorary Life Membership in recognition of his outstanding contribution to preserving the history of the Buderim – Palmwoods Tramway.


Mons Station site.  Some preparatory information to support the application for an Exemption Certificate to proceed with the planned archaeological investigation at the Mons Station site has been carried out. Our mentors, Gary and Dorothy Flanigan have been kept informed of developments. The time-line would be to submit the application about year’s end (a 21 day turn around for issue) so that ample time is available to plan the actual project for about March 2013.


Early Krauss information.  Early this year we wrote to the German company Siemens for any information they may have about our precious Krauss loco. Krauss was the company which built the loco and they were subsequently taken over by Siemens. After many months we finally got a reply with diagrams, a CD containing technical details, information about the original colour scheme and even a photo (see page 3) of it at the time of its delivery from the factory in Munich in 1914 for shipping to Australia, shortly before the outbreak of the First World War. There were also copies of documents relating to its original ordering through the Melbourne firm of Diercks in 1913 for 950 pounds ($1900).


It would appear from the information received that the original colour scheme was dark green boiler and footplate with black socket and vermilion lines, red frames and wheels and olive green headlight with yellow socket. No colour photos of the loco exist so we have no way of verifying this. We have painted it all black with a red edge to the footplate and white around the wheel rims. We don’t plan on re-painting the whole loco but we are considering painting the wheels red. The photo reveals that it originally had doors on the cabin and these must have been removed soon after its arrival here as none of the photos we have show it with doors. We often wondered why there were holes beside the doorway and now we know.


In return we have prepared a record of our activities, consisting of:

  • a copy of our book on the Buderim Tramway by Garth Fraser and Neil McGarvie;
  • a tour of the Buderim Tramway over the years;
  • a photo record of our restoration of the locomotive, and;
  • a photo file of the technical drawings prepared in the course of the restoration.


We hope they will find this material of intense interest as a record of the life of one of their products which is now just on 100 years old.


BPHTI’s New Web Site.  We continue to develop a new website with the help of the staff at Red Lid Publishing.  The new web address is . On the left hand side of the home page there is a direct link to the Buderim-Palmwoods Tramway, so why not try it out for us.  Any comments or suggestions on possible improvements gratefully received.  Contact either Helene Cronin or Bruce Horton with your suggestions.  Also we have a new email address for our group.  We can be contacted on:    [email protected]


Australia Day Parade 2013Theme “Australia Day – A Community Celebration”.   We are going to march in the parade behind our banner.  We intend handing out information sheets about our organization to try to encourage more people to become members or contribute to our building fund (tax deductible).  Please come along to support us as we march.


Christmas Party.  You are all invited to our Christmas Party to be held at the home of Helene & Peter Cronin on Sunday December 2 @ 12 noon.  Address:  69 William St, Buderim (battleaxe block). BBQ available and BYO food & drinks


Future Meeting Dates.   You are invited to attend these general meetings and contribute your ideas.  Normally meetings are held at 5 pm in the Vise Cottage meeting room at the rear of the Pioneer Cottage, 5 Ballinger Crescent, Buderim.  Future dates are as follows:  Friday 18 January 2013  at 5.00 pm, Friday February 15 at 5.00 pm, Friday March 15 at 5.00 pm


Membership Renewal.    If you haven’t already renewed, please download a membership form from the website.



Below are some recent photos


20 Trevor life membership - small Copy


Helene Cronin & Trevor Robinson at the conferring of Honorary Life Membership on Trevor.


21 Krauss in Germany prior to export - small Copy

Krauss in Germany prior to shipping to Buderim

01 Plaque at start - small Copy

The plaque at the entrance to the track

19 View of lower track - small Copy

View of the work done on the lower track nr Liana Place

07 Plaque at cutting - small Copy

The plaque at the 800m cutting

17 Track near cattle grid - small Copy

The site of possible viewing platform, with the cattle grid in the foreground.