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Northbound 36 curves around the Derwent River at the KPS 20 (20 k's north of Hobart yard) at Granton suburb approaching Bridgewater Junction. EE Z 2111 in the lead. The train will now struggle as it assails the numerous 2.5% grades until it reaches Parattah (KPS 88). Hopefully it will make it...
Notchless air throttle and Davies Metcalf brake valve, these EE's did take a bit of getting used to when I first was exiled to Tassie. Not one of my fav Aussie Alco sounds, but it was as close as I could get on the apple isle. YEP, I did enjoy them in preference to Ed of the WC imposed EMD things.
Tasrail train 46 curves around the beach at Penguin on the north west line heading to Burnie with a pair of Z class EEs, trailing Z 2111 retaining the Aussie National scheme while Z 2113 has the ATN Tasrail scheme inspired by Ed of the WC.
A pair of ex VR (mexican) G26C X class lurk in Bathurst NSW. Five of the 13 units in service are regauged to standard, the remainder staying on the broad gauge. No point cop in Bathurst West signal box any longer to dob me in for loitering in the yard at night time.
Three DQ class ex QR 1502 G22C depart the Capital with northbound train 36 with the view of the Derwent River behind. The DQ class rebuilt units by Hutt workshops in New Zealand arrived in Tassie from 1998 when Ed of WC took over the Tassie operations
Reflecting the USA style adopted by the South Aussie Railway during the Webb era, Steamranger preserved 4-8-4 520 struts along the South Oz coast heading to Victor Harbor. Both the line and puffer billy are today out of action. 520 was built in 1943.
NSW Rail Transport Museum preserved NSWR puffer billy 5910 goes for a spin on the Lithgow turntable. A USRA light mike built by Baldwin/Lima/Hamilton in 1952. The 59 class were delivered as oil burners which were quickly converted to coal. Yes, it has that destinctive tugboat whistle
Zig Zag narrow gauge ex QR C17 934 storms around the curve from Middle Points station (now titled top points) with the old wooden body side loading suburban cars. The grade on the zig zag is 2.4%, middle road plunging down below in the right side of the shot.
Tripple 90 class GT46CWM thumpers attempt to depart Kerrabee crossing loop in the Hunter Valley region of NSW with a coalie from Ulan mine. I had waited for a good hour while the crew made numerous attempts to resolve the middle unit shut downs faults. Now Pacific National, there are 35 units of...
Tasrail southbound freighter 35 slams across the Ulverstone bridge in TAS hauled by three rebuilt DQ EMDs with a nonrebuilt QR thing in blue. The three QR units are used only as slugs, the cab being unfit for human habitation, plus also no radio etc.
The northbound sunday zinc PNT train 36 crossing the Bridgewater lift road rail bridge. Max speed across the bridge is 15 kmph. Four EE Z class work the train north for the battles up the numerous 2.5% grades of the South Line in Tassie. Z 2112 leads ZA 2117 2116 with Z 2110 trailing. Z are DOO...
Double header 44 class on a westbound empty wheatie halted at Murrobo NSW for crew change. I am in the cab of the Countrylink XPT WT28 from Dubbo to Sydney, travelling pas back to Lithgow. Another crew are onboard to relieve the eager wheatie crew who will also travel pas back east.
Painted in the SNAKE Dream Time livery National Rail corp NR 30 heads north from Whyalla in South Oz with a steel train passing under the only elevation in the region, the Lincoln Gap highway overpass.
Australia's first air conditioned train, the Silver City Comet rumbles into Parkes NSW. Four DP class GM 1000hp DH units provide the motive power and HEP for the train which ran between Orange and Broken Hill NSW
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