Bring Proud Mary home to Imbil Rail Park

Proud Mary needs you to get her to Imbil!


Imbil Rail Park Inc is a NFP aimed at creating a sustainable community hub that provides the opportunity for cultural, artistic and recreational experiences for locals and visitors to the region.


We are raising funds to sandblast and paint the historic C17 class locomotive No 705, aptly named "Proud Mary". She is the classic design that pioneered the Queensland railways in the early 1900's. Families will be able to climb aboard "Proud Mary" with her straight-sided cutaway cab, tall steam dome, cast iron chimney and low-sided bogie tender to appreciate her historic significance. Her new home in Imbil Railway Park will pay homage to the golden age of steam and will recognise the importance of the Mary Valley Branch line to the development of this region.


Currently residing at Gympie's historic railway station,  Proud Mary needs a proper clean down, to restore her health and longevity. She'll then receive several coats of paint to protect her for another 100 hundred years and  will sit in pride of place at Imbil Rail Park, the start point of the Imbil to Brooloo Rail Trail,  Mary Valley, Queensland.

This could not have happened without the  generosity of the Rattler Railway Company, Mr Jimmy Budgen who has tailored her transportation to site, and Mr Clarry Sutherland from Earthland Group who removed vegetation to clear the way for her to make her new home safe and secure.


This project is the first of many to help activate the site. It will preserve the rail history of the Mary Valley as well as attract locals and tourists to the region.

Please give generously to be a part of something great happening in our region.


  • Sharon Tomasin 
    • $20 
    • 6 d
  • Clint Gee 
    • $20 
    • 9 d
  • Chris Elmes 
    • $50 
    • 9 d
  • Cheryl Dwyer 
    • $100 
    • 10 d
  • Windrush Farm And Estate  
    • $50 
    • 13 d
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Cheryl Dwyer 
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