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BELAIR  BROAD  GAUGE  LINE  UPGRADE
(Adelaide Hills, South Australia)  late April - early August 2009.





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13th May 2009.

2214 worked 4R11 and returned as 4R12 rail train down
through to Glenalta. Included is a couple of shots of the 
substitute B1 passenger bus at the Glenalta level crossing.

 (Greg O'Brien)



13th May 2009
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  T/No 4R11 worked by GWA loco 2214 has run around and attached to its load of rail at Belair Wednesday 13th May 2009, and is preparing to depart to work as T/No 4R12 dropping rail on its return to Adelaide


13th May 2009
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T/No 4R12 has dropped rail near Glenalta on Wednesday 13th May, 2009 and is ready to depart. Substitute Bus service B1 crosses in front of the train at the Glenalta level crossing

13th May 2009
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T/No 4R12 near Glenalta on Wednesday 13th May, 2009 and is ready to depart. Substitute Bus service B1 going away crossed in front of the train at the Glenalta level crossing


13th May 2009
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T/No 4R12 2214 departs Glenalta



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3rd June 2009

 Cross selection of Wednesday's day training.

(Wayne Morris)


3rd June 2009
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Pic 1
3rd June 2009
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Pic 2
3rd June 2009
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Pic 3
Had two goes at the sleeper train today, in the early morning when it was due, I went to Millswood, waiting, headlight coming from the wrong direction (down the hill) - captured CLPF7, G511, G535 & 2819 passing Millswood in awkward lighting - (Pic 1).
Returned later tried my luck along the line from Millswood (derail sign (Pic 2) uphill to Clapham, this is where I took a downward looking picture from the Springbank Road bridge adjacent Clapham closed TA - railway station (Pic 3)  of the workers alongside the disused platform, trying to excavate the remains of a (drain)  under the track. You can see they have done a good job on the old BG (TA) side... looking to the other side SG. Check out the condition of the timber sleepers, and they still probably are wondering how they are going to fix the drain under the tracks on that side (if at all). Spoke to a worker there on site asking if he'd seen the sleeper train...... Yep, it should be at Blackwood waiting there.


3rd June 2009
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Pic 4

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Pic 5

The sleeper train was waiting there unloading a 'van' to the rear of CLP16 and 703 (Pic 4), no access at the site all closed off. Would have liked to have got on the footbridge on the station...
Went about 1 km uphill near Glenalta and came across a track crossing (maze), wandered in this area and waited for the train to show itself, (Pic 5) arriving there eventually at 1608 ish.


3rd June 2009
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Pic 6

3rd June 2009
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Pic 7

Quick drive up to Belair, waited for the locos to cut off the empty rake, (Pic 6)
and run around to rejoin the train...  (Pic 7)  


3rd June 2009
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The train pulled out from there at about 1655ish.



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6th June 2009

CLP8, 703, GM46, 2214 on grain train ex Pinaroo as (TN 6L52).

(Wayne Morris)


6th June 2009
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Unusual accidental zoom shot. (check the larger pic)
Belair Loop

6th June 2009
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Old broad gauge track been removed


6th June 2009
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Old broad gauge track been removed

<<<< Just downhill from Springbank Road (bridge) at the pedestrian maze, I was set up umbrella in hand trying to keep the camera dry in case of rain (shower), holding the specs in the other hand somehow...... I turn around and there is another railfan setting up a video camera behind me...... turns out I knew him.....once the train had passed my position I turned around and captured him doing his thing with the video and the still. 



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7th June 2009

7062 loaded sleeper and rail train passed through Clapham at 14:30 behind CLP8, GM45, CLP14, CLP17 ,GM42, plus 51wagons. 40 flatcars of sleepers, 1 van, 10 loaded rail flats.

(Wayne Morris)


SLEEPER  TRAIN

7th June 2009
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Off Beaumont Road.  Yantaringa

7th June 2009
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Off Beaumont Road.  Yantaringa


7th June 2009
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Belair Loop

7th June 2009
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From Springbank Road. Looking towards Lynton

 

7th June 2009
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Springbank Road bridge adjacent Clapham closed TA - RWS.



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9th June 2009

These were of T/No 3R11 through Hawthorn and onto Mitcham where unloading occurred.  T/No 3R11 about to cross Angas Road crossing Mitcham and drop rail Tuesday 9th June 2009. The other shots of the days coverage for Tuesday 9th June, 2009 is merely a series of shots of them handling the rail, dragging, dropping and straightening it out along the ways.

 (Greg O'Brien)


HANDLING  RAIL

9th June 2009
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T/No 3R11 2207 703 accelerates through Hawthorn

9th June 2009
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2207-703 Mitcham 3R11 unloading rail.


9th June 2009
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2207-703 Mitcham 3R11 unloading rail.

9th June 2009
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2207-703 Mitcham 3R11 unloading rail.

 

9th June 2009
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2207-703 Mitcham 3R11 unloading rail.

9th June 2009
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2207-703 Mitcham 3R11 unloading rail.


9th June 2009
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2207-703 Mitcham 3R11 unloading rail.

9th June 2009
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2207-703 Mitcham 3R11 unloading rail.

 

9th June 2009
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2207-703 Mitcham 3R11 unloading rail.



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12th June 2009

6R11 Lynton unloading rail 12th June 2009

T/No 6R11 hauled by 2207 accelerates slowly uphill toward Lynton on Friday 12th June 2009. Watching this unloading from this angle, certainly made like they were handling pieces of spaghetti, amazing to watch.

 (Greg O'Brien)


UNLOADING  RAIL

12th June 2009
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2207 6R11 Lynton unloading rail.

12th June 2009
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2207 6R11 Lynton unloading rail.


12th June 2009
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2207 6R11 Lynton unloading rail.

12th June 2009
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Lynton unloading rail.

 

12th June 2009
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2207 6R11 Lynton unloading rail.

12th June 2009
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Lynton unloading rail.


12th June 2009
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2207 6R11 Lynton unloading rail.



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21st June 2009

Unloading old rail Dry Creek 21st June 2009

703 is working one of the rail recovery trains from Belair, it would have worked down the previous day and is now reversing along. The old Dry Creek stock siding with a load of old rail of the Belair line. Deep in the background is the site of the new TA Railcar. Depot at Dry Creek. This was on Sunday 21st June 2009.

 (Greg O'Brien)


UNLOADING  RAIL

21st June 2009
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703 unloading old rail Dry Creek.

21st June 2009
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703 unloading old rail Dry Creek.


21st June 2009
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703 unloading old rail Dry Creek.

21st June 2009
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Dry Creek. Belair rail heap.



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22nd June 2009

CLP14 unloading sleepers Eden Hills 22062009. 

T/No 2R11 with CLP14 2212 up front and GM43 as trailing unit, they are unloading sleepers at near Eden Hills on Monday 22nd June, 2009. 

 (Greg O'Brien)


UNLOADING  RAIL

22nd June 2009
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CLP14 Unloading sleepers Eden Hills.

22nd June 2009
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CLP14 Unloading sleepers Eden Hills.


22nd June 2009
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CLP14 Unloading sleepers Eden Hills.

22nd June 2009
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CLP14 Unloading sleepers Eden Hills.


22nd June 2009
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CLP14 Unloading sleepers Eden Hills.

22nd June 2009
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CLP14, 2212 2R11 move forward Eden Hill.


22nd June 2009
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CLP14, 2212 2R11 move forward Eden Hill.



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28th June 2009

T/No 7061 CLP8 CLP17 GM42 2216 works hard thru Yantaringa after having crossed PM5 at Mt Barker Junction, Sunday 28th June 2009. 
The additional shots were taken at Thebarton, main reason for this one is that there is now no Bakewell Bridge in the background. And the other was taken at Dry Creek, nice low side shot. 

 (Greg O'Brien)


SLEEPER  TRAIN

28th June 2009
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CLP8, CLP17, GM42, 2216 TNo 7061 Yantaringa. 

28th June 2009
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CLPl8, CLP17, GM42, 2216 TNo 7061 Thebarton.


28th June 2009
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CLPl8, CLP17, GM42, 2216 TNo 7061 Dry Creek.



Video taken 28th June 2009
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Watch and listen to the Sleeper Train's raw horsepower tackling Yantaringa.




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6th July 2009


At last a successful days outing in the hunt for the Rail Train today 6th July 2009.

One rail worker at Lynton said the train is near the 15K post. Even if I did go to Coromandel station earlier and found the tamper and (no train). When I arrived near the Eden Hills tunnels another 30 minutes later another worker said "It went to Belair 10 minutes ago. so I intended going to Belair via Blackwood RWS. Passing through Blackwood another rail worker at the rail crossing on Main Rd, said "The trains at Coromandel RWS. - That's where I found it eventually. The train was located at last at Coromandel station when I had all but given up looking for it.. up and down the line in that area. In the meantime came across other rail related subjects....

(Wayne Morris)


RAIL  RETRIEVAL  TRAIN

6th July 2009
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The track tamper at near the 17K post downgrade from Coromandel RWS.

6th July 2009
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6th July 2009
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On returning to my car, could hear loud bird calling sounds and came across a crow attacking the windscreen wiper rubber with a vengeance, the bird was in no hurry to leave either.

From Eden Hills tunnels shows the track layout, includes yellow paint marking where the new track is to be laid, in the background just under the background red signals is a prime mover with a loaded ballast hopper in tow (see photo at below left)

6th July 2009
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Shows the truck Prime Mover/ballast loaded hopper.


6th July 2009
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Loco 2212 and the rail rake loading the old rail.
  'Lots of orange' colours.  A Magpie is waiting 
for departure time on the platform.

6th July 2009
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Ballast Regulator moving past the 'train' now standing at Coromandel Railway Station.

6th July 2009
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Distant view with RWS, loco train, ballast regulator and safeworkers for the rail crossing in place.

6th July 2009
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Coromandel sign on the 
Railway Station platform


6th July 2009
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From pedestrian maze at Lynton RWS...



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8th July 2009

Today nice sunny and blue sky. Wandered out this morning to above Eden Hills Tunnels and took a few more pics of the fellas in action doing a bit of thermit welding....arrived about five minutes late for the big fizz effect though. The gang (workers) were a friendly mob though. One of them deciding to do the pose for the camera trick.

(Wayne Morris)


THERMIT  WELDING  GANG

8th July 2009
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8th July 2009
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8th July 2009
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3MP7 rolling downhill past the activity.  One dirty NR and an another dirty NR in the indigenous colour scheme



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11th July 2009

Both shots taken at the Angas Road crossing on the 8K post looking downhill... 

(Wayne Morris)



11th July 2009
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12th July 2009

Mitcham Railway Station  
Now in the light of day when everything is a lot clearer. The road crossing at Wattlebury Ave has been completed, tarred over and all. The road re-opens tonight at about 2200 hours.

(Wayne Morris)


12th July 2009
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The workers have inserted new track and 
rec onditioned the road crossing Grange Road...

12th July 2009
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Mitcham looking up from Grange Road. 
(towards hills)


12th July 2009
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Looking along the track bed towards Grange Road
(towards the City- direction).

12th July 2009
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12th July 2009
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  Mitcham Railcar Station (these days)
This old shelter / ticket office has seen plenty of comings and goings over the years. I am surprised it still stands after all these years. I assume the termites have not discovered this little treat. Am surprised it wasn't razed back in the eighties and its place taken by some monstrosity... Although these days the shelters on TA platforms are looking real good and on the whole vandal proof...


12th July 2009
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Old signal cabin Mitcham with murals
looking further up the track.

12th July 2009
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I liked the mural painted onto the side of the old signal 
cabin, which I didn't know was there on the platform.



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13th July 2009

I was lucky all things considered to have chosen the location I did Sleeps Hill Road and Hogarth Road corner....... 
There was the train standing city side of Sleeps Hill Tunnel in all its glory just sitting there idling away.

(Wayne Morris)



13th July 2009
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13th July 2009
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Looking up the embankment
13th July 2009
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Same place, tail end of train 6PM5. 19th July 2009



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18th/19th July 2009
(
Wayne Morris)



18th July 2009
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Mitcham Station, now with tracks now laid
between platforms.

18th July 2009
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SCT008, 014, 009 downhill from closed Hawthorn
 station taken from Sussex Terrace crossing.


18th July 2009
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Downgrade having passed through Mitcham, approaching the 8 k post (Angas Road) crossing.

19th July 2009
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6PM5 with NR88, NR111, NR__, uphill from Lynton.  Sunday 19th July 2009. 



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9th August 2009
(
Wayne Morris)



Nearing completion is the Trans Adelaide (Broad Gauge) line to Belair with gauge convertible sleepers.

Uphill from Clapham light engines CLF5 & ALF22 en route to Tailem Bend to collect Part II of the Sleeper Train from Victoria. Due to problems the preceeding day the sleeper train had to  be divided at Tailem Bend, Part I travelling through to Adelaide on that day.

9th August 2009
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Uphill from Clapham are light engines
CLF5 & ALF22 en route to Tailem Bend

9th August 2009
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Nearing
completion

9th August 2009
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The same light engines rounding the curve
at Lynton RWS en route to Tailem & Bend



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19th August 2009
(
Wayne Morris)



19th August 2009
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CLP11, CLP13, LDP001, AC4301 near 8km post.

19th August 2009
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Track machine on Belair line near 8 km post.




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22nd August 2009
(
Wayne Morris)


Finally the Belair Broad Gauge Line now back in action

22nd August 2009
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22nd August 2009
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Railcar emerges slightly ahead of sleeper train

Waiting game here, waiting for the sounds of the sleeper train coming down hill through the tunnel, waiting... waiting.... starts to rain, up umbrella.....  In the distant tunnel (portal) I can hear dynamic braking locos on the way TO ME....... Imagine my surprise when the first thing I see is the yellow nose of a TA railcar set coming out of the tunnel, almost immediately followed by the sleeper train hauled by CLP17 / CLP / CLP14 and GM46 .... fortunately the TA railcars get ahead and out the way of the real train shot.......


22nd August 2009
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22nd August 2009
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Concrete Sleepers

22nd August 2009
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Railcar heading into sleeps hill tunnel.


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