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Geoff Murdock.  2002

Geoff has since passed away. 
These pictures are from his closed site.

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Goto:  HISTORICAL  SOCIETY  TRAIN  TRIP  in  S.A.

Goto:  SARMA  TRIP  TO  MILANG

Goto:  S.A.R.  BROAD  GAUGE

Goto:  S.A.R  NARROW  GAUGE


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Historical Society Train trip in South Australia

October 1971

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Islington built No.621 4-6-2 backing onto the magnificent wooden Centenary coaches at Adelaide station

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At Outer Harbour 


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Just before crossing Grand Junction Road on the way to Dry Creek 
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Moving slowly along the marsh flats leading into Dry Creek 


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Passing under the Port Wakefield Road bridge at speed after returning from Penfield

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There she goes; onwards to Adelaide



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SARMA Trip to Milang

 

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Broad Gauge 5' 3" ( 1600mm ) Brill Rail Car No. 33 .
The Photo is a worms eye view taken in the Ash Pit at Milang.
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A Wayside stop along the way


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Before continuing on the trip, shunting had to carried out at Strathalbyn
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No.33 with the enthusiasts at Strathalbyn station



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South Australian Broad Gauge

 

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5'3" Gauge Model '75' at the Adelaide Station 1962. 
The Photograph shows the northern side of the station which was dedicated to rail car facilities only. 
Of course none of this no longer exists in 2002

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Rear end of a similar Model ‘75’ rail car




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This Photograph was taken near the locomotive superintendents office at approximately 7.30 am on a very cold and foggy morning at Mile End locomotive servicing facilities. The camera was a very cheap one, also I should have been at school on the other side of Adelaide. 
It shows two 'Rx' Class 4-6-0's in the foreground and somewhere in the background amongst the smokey mist is an 'F' Class 4-6-2T

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A turn of the century 'Rx' Class 4-6-0 standing next to a modern streamlined '520' class 4-8-4. Both were Broad gauge




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Looking west from the Morphett Street bridge , shows the old locomotive coaling platform which was in continual use during the steam days. Coal was transferred by shovels and cranes wielding wicker baskets into the locomotive bunkers. It was very labour intensive and uneconomical. Eventually 'F' class locomotives were converting to oil burning and the necessary oil storage tanks can be seen closer to the camera. In the background are two 'F' class locomotives carrying out shunting duties in the passenger carriage maintenance and storage facilities

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A '710' Class 2-8-2 locomotive No. 719 just after leaving the turntable at Mile End roundhouse in 1962. Many of time I was chased out of the roundhouse and surrounds and it was my youthful speed and agility which saved me from a severe and embarrassing dressing down by the Locomotive Superintendent



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An ‘F’ class tank loco on shunting duties in the Adelaide yards in 1962

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An ‘F’ class tank loco on shunting duties in the Adelaide yards in 1962


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Unidentified '700' Class 2-8-2 behind the Mile End roundhouse 1962





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The Huge '500' Class locomotives were originally built as 4-8-2's in 1926. When they later were converted to 4-8-4's , the rear trailing truck was fitted with a booster and they were reclassified as '500b' class. This photograph of No. 504 depicts the necessary pipe work for the steam and exhaust to and from the booster engine.


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The open platform end of the VIP 'Murray' car in the Adelaide yards passenger depot in 1962. 
It was maroon with a silver roof and a black under carriage

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Another VIP carriage along side the passenger car storage and cleaning shed. This time it is the Governor's car squeezed in between a centenary carriage and what appears to be the rear end of a Model '75' rail car. 
It was also maroon with a silver roof and a black under carriage


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The observation end of the Governor’s car

 

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This wonderful photograph was purchased from Bridglands Model and Hobby Shop in Gawler Place, 1962. Unfortunatley I am not aware of its origins.  It depicts a '520' class streamlined 4-8-4 No. 529 bursting out of a tunnel at Long Gully in the Adelaide Hills. This section of track had a ruling gradient of 1 in 45 for 18 miles and provided the best sites for photographing hard working steam power, especially when hauling heavy freight trains.



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South Australian Narrow Gauge

 

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3'6" Gauge ( 1067mm ) Andrew Barclay 0-6-0T "Peronne" from 1919 at the old Mile End Museum 1971 before the museum was relocated to Port Adelaide as the National Railway Museum

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3’6” gauge 4-8-2 + 2-8-4 Garratt No.409 at the Mile End Museum 1971


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Commonwealth Railways 3’6” gauge 4-8-0 Nm34
at Mile End 1971

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Silverton Tramway 3’6” gauge 4-8-2. 
Built by Beyer Peacock in 1951


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Six wheel bogie 1971

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Walkers built 3'6" Gauge 'T' Class 4-8-0 at Peterborough 1969. In the halcyon days of steam. Peterborough had three gauges in its yards. 3' 6" , 4' 8½" and 5 '3"


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'Y' Class 2-6-0 No. 97 at Peterborough 1969. Many variations of this class were used in all the states that had 3'6" gauge. As this photo clearly shows, the South Australian Versions were renowned for sporting huge steam domes.

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400 class Garratt No. 406 in the Peterborough roundhouse 1969. All the classes were 4-8-2 + 2-8-4's

 


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Garratt No. 404 hauling a goods train between Terowie and Peterborough 1969




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In the Early days of restoration, the world renowned Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society had a novel way of raising funds. A one dollar certificate, representing one sleeper, could be purchased from their office. My huge and dramatic contribution consisted of three sleepers . Hopefully it Helped !

I never personally knew Geoff Murdock, but I was fascinated with his pictures from my own era.
Hope putting them up here did them some justice.


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