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Ilfracombe Machinery Mile.
Where can you go to see a wonderful display of machinery, some of it very rare and almost all collected within 100 miles of the town? Right here on the edge of Ilfracombe!
The locals call the outdoor machinery museum the 'Great Machinery Mile'.
This magnificent display is one of the finest in Australia and shows the evolution of pastoral development throughout Queenslands outback. The mile begins on the Western approach into Ilfracombe, extending the length of the town.
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Machinery played an important role in the development of Ilfracombe, where the first motorised postal services in Australia travelled from Ilfracombe to Isisford in 1910.
You can see some of the earliest forms of transport, including 'Winsome Winnie', a wool wagon that could carry up to 100 bales of wool at a time. It took 30 strong horses to pull a loaded Winnie to some destinations.
Waughs Tank & Dam ExcavatorThe Big Kensington Downs Marshall TractorThe Morella Railway CraneDaimler Renard Road Train TrailersThe Big D8
The Hartree Full TrackAn unusual Fiat CrawlerDiesel Tractor 35 HPThe Old Cat RD6The Allis M
The Big Hayfield CrawlerCrawler Tractor 18HPThe Big PumpThe Darr River Down WhimThree Tonne Lacre Truck
The 1924 FordsonQueensland Rail KSA WagonThe Kilala FordsonOrigianal Queensland Rail Railway StationGrader
1918 Model Hart-Parr kerosine Tractor.Fordson Half TrackGreyhound GraderThe Strathdan ScoopHorse Drawn Cart
Steam EngineFurphy Water Cart rear viewFurphy Water Cart side viewSteam EngineOld Comet Fire Plough
TractorTractorModel N Fordson TractorScale Model fully laden Wool WagonSteam Engine
Chaff CuttersTambo Hospital Hot Water BoilerRoad PloughAmerican Cast Iron Lift PumpBrittania Engine
Republic TruckEarly Cooper Wool PressVery Big Grindstone1932 Dodge 4Spring Cart Buggy
A Blacksmiths ForgeA Five Horse WagonetteSpring CartIan's Heavy LatheHorse hair teasing machine
Sulky1966 Bedford Open Cab Ilfracome Rural Fire Brigade TruckFarrier Wool PressRuston Hornsby CompressorAn early Jetter
Manningham Steam EnginePetrol BowsersEarly 9 Horse drawn grader.FordsonHorse Drawn Mower
The Busted WheelEarly Hay BalerHorse Drawn GraderA Tumbling Tommy ScoopEarly 10 horse drawn grader
Early 6 horse drawn graderHay BalerTumbling TommiesThe Barky PumpCherry Post Hole Digger
McCormack Deering W30 TractorBlitz TruckTractorHome Made WelderAnchor Chain
The Clarendon Water Boring PlantGraderA Blower FanGravel CrusherScoop
Early Horse Drawn MowerFire FighterThe Old AustinShips TankStationary Engine & Pump
Stationary EngineA Good Old Hay RakeRemarkable TE20 TractorWhite TruckThe Barcaldine Bedford
Giant Pump JackBore WinchBore WinchBedford TruckPump Jack
The Nalemba DelverThe Dahra PloughA Britsland DitcherPloughGeorges Truck
Gaston ScoopPortable EngineRollerTractorChevrolet Truck
Post Hole DiggerRollerAn early JetterBoring PlantThe Stuart Tank
The Big HornsbyMcCormick International Hay BalerCumberland Hay BalerCumberland Hay BalerEarly 4 horse drawn grader
Tractor Drawn GraderGraderA Rare GraderThe Longreach Engineering ex Army CraneBellen Park Greyhound Grader
The Rare GraderAllis Chalmer AD GraderOld Reaper & BinderFirst Caterpillar Series GraderAllis Chalmers 1960 - Model M100a
Allis Chalmers 1945First Caterpillar grader purchased by the Ilfracombe Shire CouncilOld Britstand GraderGoodwin-Isas 640 P Medium GraderView of Machinery Mile
Machinery Mile
There are steam engines, horse-drawn sulkies, steel wheeled tractors, including a 1917 Ruston Proctor Tractor (only two more of this model left in the world), wool balers, earthmoving machinery and harvesters.
The Steam Devil is a big Excavator driven by three horse powered steam engines, which runs along one railway line. Made in 1880 and sold in 1882, it would be safe to say this excavator is the only remaining one of its kind. There's also a 12 tonne Stuart Tank that has been converted into a dozer, the first series grader made by Caterpillar in 1935, an early 1900 Lacre Light Truck and a 1914 Republic Truck.
The truly great thing about this museum is you can touch the machinery, close your eyes and virtually step back in time.
Although the display is free of charge, a donation would be greatly appreciated. The donation box is located on the premises.
The book 'Ilfracombe Machinery Mile' is available for purchase from the Information Centre in Ilfracombe, along with a range of souvenirs.