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The first train that I was rostered as driver. Double header dinky toys on freighter 7315 from Lithgow to Mudgee at Mount Frome trestle just south of Mudgee. Mudgee branch now closed north of Kandos. Empty wheat hoppers plus soil loaded oil pots in the short consist.
Aussie Alco dinky toy 48108 makes a grand entrance to Goobang yard just to the west of Parkes NSW. I am in the cab of an 80 class waiting for the train brakes exam before heading east back home on an interstater from Adelaide. The main line is to the right.
Three Hamersley Iron green machines arrive at Parker Point yard Dampier WA with a loaded iron ore drag. From 1995 due to the arrival of the new 70 class GE C44-9W beasts, only six old green machines remained in service.
Double Aussie National rebuilt CLP AT26HC-2M units work westbound aussie silver streak (Indian Pacific) WL1 at Sodwalls NSW. The train is running USA style due to the original DOWN main being removed to reduce track maintenance.
Quad aussie alcos battle the 2.5% of Tumulla bank just to the west of Bathurst NSW with westbound freighter 8331. DL500B DL500G and two DL531, total 5600 hp. Due to motor transition contactors making a loud racket behind the number one cab, most crews prefer the quieter number two cab of the 44...
Double header freighter detoured from the Main North by trackwork emerges from the Sydney rat holes on the UP North Shore having crossed the Harbour Bridge and smoked out the cattle at Wynyard and Town Haul suburban underground station. The 3% and 2.5% grades in the city underground require a...
In a light dusting of down under winter snow dinky toy aussie alco 4802 whips eastbound pas from Orange W32 through Marrangaroo (Lithgow) past an upper quad semaphore. Both train and semaphore long gone to history.
Westbound 6SA3 climbs around the curve at Locksley NSW a much easier grade the tain having climbed the 20 miles of 3% on the Blue Mountains. Howeve some 2.5% grades are still ahead for this brief service.
Westbound ASR once per week interstater 6SA3 at Locksley NSW on Main West. This train only ran briefly via the Blue Mountains due to the 3% grades requiring heaps of power. ASR no longer exists as such. From Sydney to Adelaide.
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