The Sunshine State has a small but vital collection of streamliners, unfortunately – aside from the occasional visit into Brisbane of an ‘intruding’ standard-gauge NSW streamliner on rare a tour from Sydney – they are mostly kept away from the public eye.
- The main exception to this rule is English Electric (EE) 1262 on display within the impressive Workshops Rail Museum at Ipswich. Unusually, the locomotive is displayed in something of an “exploded” view with several of its hood roof and side panels hanging off the unit, held by cables. This allows visitors to the museum to view 1262’s internals. Sister locomotive 1263 was acquired by Queensland Rail Heritage in 2016 from the ARHS Queensland and transferred from its then home in Townsville to nearby Bohle. It was due to then be sent on to The Workshops Rail Museum for complete restoration to working order, however this has yet to occur.
- Another locomotive that is on site at The Workshops Rail Museum, but not yet restored or on public display, is former Queensland Railways EE streamliner 1200. Although not the oldest QR mainline diesel in existence, it is the oldest QR streamliner.
- Unique 1200/1250 Class 'hybrid' rebuild, 1225, is owned by the Queensland Diesel Restoration Group and is slowly undergoing restoration within the Queensland Pioneer Steam Railway compound near Swanbank.
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Last updated 28 May 2022