Things can get a little confusing when you start looking steam locos that worked in the cane fields. Locos often moved from one mill to another and with each move a different number would be assigned and keeping track of those numbers can be a challenge.

The only sure way to keep track of these steam locomotives is via their builders’ numbers and that’s the way we can tell that this loco … Isis No. 4 … was once Childers Central Mill’s No. 3

This 0-6-0T was built in 1896 by John Fowler & Co (with builder’s number 7607) for CSR’s Childers Mill. In 1933 the loco was sold to Isis Central Mill when the Childers mill closed.

Isis renumbered it as their No. 4 and it worked on the mill’s system for another 22 years. It was withdrawn in 1955 – some reports suggest the 1960’s – and later sold to a private buyer.

The loco is reported to have then changed hands several times before being sold to an overseas buyer. However Isis No. 4 never left our shores because the Federal Government stepped in to prevent a piece of our heritage being shipped offshore.

Today the loco sits under cover in the grounds of the Isis District Historical Society in Childers.

Details from and a report by Jodie van de Wetering, reporter for the ABC, made on 20 August 2008.
Photos by me