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  1. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    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...
  2. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    Eastbound pas WL86 climbs the 1 in 75 grade at Sodwalls with red terror scheme 4458. This daylight pas went to the history books not long after. A great job on the Lithgow roster.
  3. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    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.
  4. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    Control stand of aussie alco DL500B 44 class (cut in) at Lithgow Loco depot NSW
  5. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    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
  6. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    The down-under view of a dinky toy aussie alco in the diesel run through road (7) in Lithgow Maintenance Centre.
  7. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    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.
  8. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    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.
  9. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    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...
  10. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    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...
  11. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    What I love about me fav aussie alcos, honorary pufferbillies. 4490 departs Orange in style.
  12. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    Candy stripes 4403 leads more oomph 8150 on a northbound coalie TK06. Due to motor transition and draw bar constraints, the 44 must lead the more modern 81 class JT26C2ss
  13. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    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.
  14. Steve's down-under train shots

    Steve's down-under train shots

    Westbound freighter pauses at Bathurst hauled by a single mark one 44 class DL500B aussie alco. 2.5% Tumulla bank west of town imposes a max load of 615 tonnes for a 44 class.


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