Rolling Stock


SMJ 16 (aka Sweet 16)

This 5" loco was built by Jack Esdaile and finished in 1978. Graeme Belbin bought the loco in 1985 and preserved it well but never ran it. It had been kept indoors as a static exhibit and this is why it was still in such good condition. This sheltered lifestyle ended when we steamed it and I bought it in 2012.

It now has a vacuum brake ejector making it suitable for hauling passenger trains on AALS club tracks. It has worked on public days at Galston and Narara.

Pages showing commisioning and improvements are here and here.

Tiny Bum Truck

This 5" bum truck was built so I could run SMJ 16. It has manual brakes and piping to support vacuum brakes.

The page showing the construction is here. The page heading (Tiny Bum Truck) attracts heaps of search engine hits. I wonder what people are searching for.

Sir Herbert

3901 is a 5.25" Pacific owned by Graeme Belbin. It ran on the Banool Garden Railway and is still here on a long-term loan. This is our express passenger locomotive and the most powerful on the site. The copper boiler was built by Ross Style and even has a combustion chamber with Galloway tubes.

BGR 1st class carriage

This 5.25" carriage proudly demonstrates the height of luxury afforded to passengers at Banool Garden Railway. A favourite among young and old alike.

BGR 2nd class carriage

This 5.25" carriage provides comfortable transport for the economically minded at Banool Garden Railway.


1054 is a 5.25" ten-wheeler built at Toronto and bought by Phil Belbin for his garden railway. When I bought the property in 2017 this loco was in the roundhouse but in a terrible condition. In April 2017 we started a restoration and managed to fix most of the problems that were plaguing it. The original steel boiler failed years ago and its replacement is probably a copy of the original.

We guess that the 1054 number means it was finished in October 1954.

The page showing the restoration is here.


Charlotte was built by Bob McKinney at Orange and ran on the 5" track there. After Bob's demise the loco was included in a garage sale but not sold. Subsequently we heard of this loco and spoke to Matt who had arranged the garage sale. We drove to Orange and bought the loco and a few remnants of the old workshop.

It now has a vacuum brake ejector and mechanical lubricators. The original riding car has been replaced by a bogie tender.

The Charlotte page is here.

BGR 3rd class carriage

This 5.25" carriage was the riding car for Charlotte. But the low seating and unsprung bogies made it an uncomfortable ride. So the 5" bogies were replaced with some 5.25" bogies and it is now used when transporting people or equipment at Banool Garden Railway.

BGR electric loco

This 5.25" loco and car was a special order from MiniTrains. This shows that Banool Garden Railway embraces new technology as well as supporting and maintaining the old favourites. It's an excellent alternative for people who want to drive a train without the hassle of operating a steam locomotive.


The real loco was built by A&G Price at Thames, Auckland, New Zealand. The model was built by Bob Short and the modelling detail is incredible. It might have been tested on air but was never steamed. It is currently being prepared for a working life. This will be a slow but facinating locomotive to watch.

This is a Meyer locomotive and the pistons drive jackshafts with gears to the bogie axles. The bogie design provides space for a generous firebox.

The Sandy page is here.

Last modified 2022-09-07