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By Wayne Morris


   GRAIN  TRAINS



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21st May 2004
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GM45, GM43 on grain train to Apamurra.

21st May 2004
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GM45, GM43 on grain train Reedy Creek
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Grain Train from KAROONDA.  7th March 2009

Had the camera with me today and Greg phones, asks me what you doing?  He said, "Head south young man !!!! - GWA grain from Karoonda with five locos on:  ALF18, CLP16, CLP14, 2212, GM42. So I did, met up with Greg in Tailem Bend, and these are some of the pictures taken during the trip. Even though it was later in the day the lighting was good, it was a nice autumn day for once..

 (Wayne Morris)


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NR 63 belting through Tailem Bend,
whilst waiting for grain train from Karoonda

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The grain train and locos less than a K from
the Tailem Bend with ALF18 leading


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Grain train coming into Tailem Bend

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Leaving Tailem Bend with half the train
 still coming out of siding


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Grain train pulling into Murray Bridge to pick up more grain loading (10) there.


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Ready to pickup grain wagons.

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Engines coupled up to grain wagons at silo



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Grain Train from LAMEROO.  8th March 2009

I have only ventured out that way twice before, I was surprised at the amount of scrubby lineside vegetation obscuring your view of the track as you run parallel to it....all I knew was the train was leaving Lameroo at about 1350 hours and should take about 3 hours to get back to Tailem Bend with 30 minutes allowed for the shunt at Geranium where it was going to attach the loading from there.

Made a few stops along the way out to Geranium where I expected to catch up with it, stopped at Sherlock, Peake, where I would listen for the train and check out various potential locations along the way.... Then mobile again, all the time flicking the eyes off into the scrub looking for a splash of orange from the locos or catching a glimpse of hoppers hoping that it had not departed Geranium. A quick call to GWA train control confirmed it would nearly be at Geranium. 

Made it to Geranium in glorious sunshine and a blue sky, the locos were just about to do the required shunt movement a few minutes after my arrival. Found a lineside position uphill out away from the silos and waited for departure time....very clean GM47, GM45 & GM43 looked and sounded the part as they moved off uphill with the load. Followed the train back towards Tailem Bend and took a few pics along the way. Did 400 something kilometres for the day.

 (Wayne Morris)



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Geranium picking up grain hoppers


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Geranium pushing back onto train


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Train arriving/passing through Peake

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Grain Train passing through the site of MOORLANDS where the remains of platforms from a
bygone era still stand along with a lonely looking concrete train control booth further west. 


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Arriving at Tailem Bend off the Pinaroo line where it
meets up with the main ADELAIDE-MELBOURNE line
and runs parallel too it, about 1.2km from the main
 road over the top bridge. 

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The three locos 705, 2207 and ALF23,
 waiting at Tailem Bend for the return of
the Lameroo grain train and GM47,45 and 43.


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Grain train leaving Tailem Bend
towards evening with 6 locomotives.

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6 engines leaving Tailem Bend
GM47, 45, 43, 705, 2207 and ALF23



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Grain Train from Tookayerta (Loxton).  5th April 2010

Left Murray Bridge and on out to Karoonda and ever onwards hoping to reach Wanbi-ish area in time for the returning loaded train.... Upon passing through Karoonda the line is most of the time difficult to see through the thick lineside vegetation (scrub).
Once I made it as far as I dared to go, got to a position near a road crossing near the 205k post near Mindarie and waited for the train to come to me, all the time hoping I had not missed it.
It came, it passed and a sort of a chase was on, at slow speed most of the time. 
Picked it off at a few nice locations along the way and passing through Karoonda..


(Wayne Morris)


These first two pictures showing Tookayerta near Loxton taken earlier.
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Tookayerta 2212, 701, Grain hoppers, Crew Car, GM46
on train 5K44.  06-08-2009.

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Tookayerta 2212, 701, Grain hoppers, Crew Car, GM46
on train 5K44.  06-08-2009.


Rest by (Wayne Morris)

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Mindarie 205K post 2207, 703, ECA98 and 705.

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2207, 703, 705 on K42 near Sandalwood.


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2207, 703, ECA98 on K42 near Sandalwood.


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2207, 703, ECA98, 705 on K42 passes Borrika
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2207, 703, ECA98, 705 on K42 passes Borrika


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2207, 703, 705 coming into Kroonda at 169K post.

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2207, 703, 705 on K42  passing through Karoonda.


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2207, 703, 705 on K42  passing through Karoonda.

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2207, 703, 705 on K42 Wynarka.


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2207, 703, 705 on K42 Tailem Bend 120k post.

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2207, 703, 705 on K42 Tailem Bend 120k post.


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2207, 703, 705 on K42 at Tailem Bend into yard.

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Now CLP8, 2207, 703, 705 on K42 departs Tailem Bend.


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Now CLP8, 2207, 703, ECA98, 705 heads off on K42 departed Tailem Bend.



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Training Trip TAILEM BEND to  KAROONDA.
 
6th April 2009

The train got away at 02:40 a.m. with 2212, GM43, CLP17, 2216 & CLP8 with 50 plus grain empties. I left home at 03:30 a.m. a leisurely drive along the Freeway to the Monarto Zoo turnoff coming to a stop near the rail crossing at Monarto South at 04:25 a.m. Surely the train should be here reasonably soon. The train arrives at 05:40 a.m. and comes to a stop for a cross there. Following the cross it pulls away at 05:55 a.m. heading for Tailem Bend. 

 (Wayne Morris)



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I manage my first photo of the day near the Murray Bridge exit from the Freeway, shows the distinct lack of light due to the heavy cloud cover. Not enough light to contemplate a photo of the train crossing the Murray on the bridge. Drive across the Swanport Bridge and chose to try a photo of the train passing underneath the road-bridge on the original road into Murray Bridge. Due to poor light take the option of using the back up camera on movie mode to capture the train passing by from on top of the bridge. Time is now 06:15 a.m.


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As the train arrives at Tailem Bend, I drive into near the silos via the access track and photograph its arrival as it passes under the silo loading area. I use the back up camera, as I have come unprepared for this trip with the new camera which I have no idea how I take pictures using the manual setting….so I am stuck with the Panasonic Lumix to do the job.


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The sun breaks through for a while and gives a saturated orange tinge to everything, including the locos for a short time.   A crew change takes place, plus shunting and the time is 07:30 before the train sets off on the remainder of its journey out to Karoonda with 2212 & GM43.

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CLP17, 2216, CLP8 at the silos, before the locos
did the changeover with the hoppers.

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Tailem Bend Railway Station


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The train moving out of the Tailem Bend yard en route Karoonda. 

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Once again I have no definite ideas as to where I am going to get the photographs of this train. 
It proves to be trial and error for this trip
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Train moving out of the Tailem Bend yard 




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At 07:42a.m. About 5 kilometres out of Tailem Bend I come across the first road crossing, there is now enough light for photography, so I wait a few minutes for the train to cross the road here.  Behind me in this shot is a prohibited / quarantined area due to the outbreak of Broomrape.


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About 20 kilometres from Tailem Bend, or 1 km on from Orland Road, the train passes by slowly at about 08:05 a.m.

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Passing through the site of WYNARKA
 at about 08:30 a.m.


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Approximately 10 km further on from WYNARKA, I come across a sandy track leading into the rail line, this proves to be a good location for the train. (about 08:40 a.m.

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The train arrives at its destination 



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Train and creeps along the siding to the silos.
It is now after 09:00 a.m
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The train stops briefly, the crew have conversation with the grain agent.  I have been fitted with a safety hat and am given permission to scale a ladder to another loading area at the silos.


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Locos being cut off by the crew.
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Unlocking Switchstand.  Didn’t get the crew names


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The driver. 

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The loading starts and the loading device spells
 it out clearly: SAVING COUNTRY ROADS.


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The loading continues.
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Taken from the fenced off platform of Karoonda RWS shows the 169K post.  

The platform has a major infestation of Calthrop or Three Cornered Jacks.  Do not take your bicycle up here..!


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The locos facing back towards
 the direction of Tailem Bend.


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Came across this half decent cutting on the line, due to lineside vegetation the view of the train approaching and in the bend was restricted.  Some minor trackside vegetation was removed with the honourary approval of the “Minister of Vegetation & Works”..  This is where I encountered my first disappointment with the new camera with the autofocusing not doing what it is supposed to do, maybe it was operator error.  (REMINDER – Always read the instructions for a new camera before attempting to use it).  Or carry a back up camera in case…..


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Shows the same cutting further around the bend.

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Shows some of the lineside vegetation.


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At the 150 K post or 19 km from Karoonda, this proved to be a good spot for trains running back to Tailem Bend, a long climb with the locos working reasonably hard.  No video with me unfortunately.

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The train is coming off a good hill which I would call the foot of the Marmon Jabuk Range adjacent to a main metal/dirt road crossing leading back towards Mannum direction. I did not get the road name it was about 17 km from Tailem Bend.


I left the train here and headed for home.



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Trip to Gladstone - Jamestown - Gladstone with Grain train
13 April 2010

On this day was taken at Gladstone and ended with sunset shots of the returning Jamestown grain train headed by favourite loco GM46 as the light fails completely.  This particular train saw a congregation of seven of the rail fraternity together at Jamestown later in the day and ended with the same seven at Huddleston curves before we went our separate ways......was great.... good old scruffy GM46 brought back memories of the early nineties and from a greater distance could have been my other favourite 931 up front 

Managed to stop at the Lochiel 'pub' for a countery - big serve, good price and got off the road for a while, was good too.

Along the way of the day met the new owner of the GLADSTONE RWS, who supposedly bought the place... lots of work to fix the place up, but is better to see it in safe hands than for it to fall down in the near future....

All in all was a great day made better by GM46 GM43 and green 701 bringing up the rear on the return home journey..

(Wayne Morris)

 

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GM43, 2214, GM46, Gladstone in siding

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Gladstone Station in jail.


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Gladstone with spider web.
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Gladstone and grainy in silo siding


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NR1, NR106, NR68 passes grainy on main line

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NR1, NR106, NR68


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Few louver wagons

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GM46, 2241, GM46 ready to detach engine 2241


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2241 been removed

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2241 heading off.


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GM43 attaching back onto GM46

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Pumping up air

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GM43, GM46 Grainy leaving for Jamestown.


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GM43 leaving Gladstone smoking it up a little

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GM43, GM46 between Gladstone and Jamestown


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Grainy at Jamestown pushing down to silo area
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Grainy at Jamestown pushing down to silo area


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Grainy at Jamestown pushing down to silo area
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Grainy grain hoppers been spit onto 2 roads


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Grainy loading at silos opposite old NG station
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Old NG station with loading grainy


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Old NG station with loading gain
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SG main line with grain loading at NG old yard


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Grainy now loaded back in S.G. yard
from Silo area.
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Running engines GM46 and GM43 around
the  grain wagons.


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Getting ready to leave Jamestown for Gladstone
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Between Jamestown to Caltowie


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Caltowie
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Leaving Caltowie for Gladstone


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Between Caltowie and Gladstone

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Pulling into Gladstone Yard


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Engines detached to add engine 701 behind GM43, GM46

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701 pulling out


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701 attached to GM43, GM46

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701, GM43, GM46 reverse to attach to grain wagons


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Grainy at Huddleston
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Grainy at sunset



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Continued from:  DAY 1
 at "Just Today's Trains-5"


to view Day - 1.

DAY TWO
30th September 2010.

A leisurely drive was taken north from WIRREGA to PINNAROO to check on the progress of the loaded grain train from PINNAROO with locos 703, 2214 and 701, the train was met along the way where a series of pictures were taken as it passes through PARILLA, LAMEROO and finally as it crossed the AK car train at GERANIUM along this line.

The time had come to follow the AK train to PINNAROO, where it was photographed along the way at LAMEROO, PARILLA and PINNAROO. Further pictures were taken of this train at CHANDOS where I found out that it would not being stabling overnight at the planned stop at LAMEROO but going through to TAILEM BEND.
The final pictures of the train for Thursday the 30th September 2010 shows it leaving LAMEROO and passing through what I call The Avenue of Trees between the 221 and 222K post there.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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KAROONDA. 2210 with GM47 AK cars train
near road crossing. 30-09-2010.

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GERANIUM. Pinnaroo grain crossing the AK cars.
30-09-2010.


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GERANIUM. Pinnaroo grain crossing the AK cars. 30-09-2010.  Crew member checking for a water leak.


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GERANIUM. Pinnaroo grain crossing the AK cars.
30-09-2010.

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GERANIUM. Pinnaroo grain crossing the AK cars.
30-09-2010.


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GERANIUM. Pinnaroo grain heading off
 after crossing the AK train. 30-09-2010.

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LAMEROO. AK car train en route Pinnaroo.
30-09-2010.


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703, 2214, 701 LAMEROO. Pinnaroo grain train.
30-09-2010

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703, 2214, 701 LAMEROO. Pinnaroo grain train.
30-09-2010


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PARILLA AK car train en route Pinnaroo
30-09-2010.

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CHANDOS stopped to inspect track. 30-09-2010.


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CHANDOS AK checking track. 30-09-2010.
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CHANDOS AK train now underway. 30-09-2010.


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LAMEROO AK cars 221k Avenue of Trees.
30-09-2010.
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KAROONDA 221k post AK cars to Tailem Bend.
30-09-2010.

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DAY THREE
1st October 2010

A leisurely morning was had in LAMEROO with no intention of following the AK train from TAILEM BEND to today’s destination TOOKAYERTA on the LOXTON line. Having secured sufficient pictures from the previous days trip along the PINNAROO line I was ready for home.

That was until I received a message advising there would be another grain train cross this time on the LOXTON line not too far away from where I was. Flexibility is the key to good rail photography so I have been told countless times by a Wise Man. 

A short drive across to KAROONDA, a short wait and the AK car train is photographed passing through the yard with loco 2210 leading and GM47 bringing up the rear. It is photographed along the way near SANDALWOOD, MINDARIE and finally captured at the all important crossing point with the returning loaded LOXTON grain train itself with locos 2207 and 2212 up front. 
This train had arrived at ALAWOONA yard where loco GM45 was still at the rear of the train prior to attaching further loaded grain hoppers from the silo and running around to join the front two locos.

The last pictures of the AK train show it departing ALAWOONA yard destined for LOXTON with GM47 bringing up the rear.

Once the grain train was made up and ready to depart from ALAWOONA, I followed this train and took a few pictures of it first at COBERA which is at the 232K post on this line prior to WANBI. My final pictures are of this train passing through KAROONDA with all three locos working hard as they approach the old railway station in town.

Another 1200 kilometres on the car and hundreds more images to sort out once I made it home.

(Wayne Morris)


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KAROONDA. 2210 with GM47 AK train
near road crossing. 01-10-2010.
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AK car train near SANDALWOOD.
01-10-2010.


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Near SANDALWOOD heading off to Loxton.
01-10-2010.

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Near COBERA 232k Loxton grain
2207, 2212, GM45. 01-10-2010.


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ALAWOONA. GM45 rear of Loxton grain. 
01-10-2010.
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ALAWOONA. Cross with the Loxton grain.
2207, 2212 on front.  01-10-2010.


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ALAWOONA. 244K en route to Loxton.
01-10-2010
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KAROONDA. Loxton grain. 2207, 2212, GM45.
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Returning Murtoa grain train 4KA2.
2nd February 2011

I spent nearly two hours at Serviceton waiting for what I believed was going to be the AK cars through first followed by the returning loaded Murtoa grain train. The time ticked by, the sun moved more to the head on position by 5 p.m. in the afternoon and was still unbearably hot even if I was in the shade of one of the silos. I moved to Wolseley and waited patiently in and out of the car for another 90 minutes before the Murtoa grain train came into view at 6:24 p.m. A quick run towards Bordertown saw the train beat me to the town road crossing, the next shot(s) were from the Wirrega silo followed by the last shots of the day at Tintinara showing part of the station building and old goods shed.

(Wayne Morris)


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Wolseley. 4KA2 Murtoa grain. CLP8, GM43, CLP17.
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Wirrega. 4KA2 Murtoa grain. CLP8, GM43, CLP17.


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Wirrega. 4KA2 Murtoa grain. CLP8, GM43, CLP17.

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Tintinara. 4KA2 Murtoa grain. CLP8, GM43, CLP17.



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A special trip to Keith
24th October 2011

Was well worth the trip up from Kingston SE this morning. Unfortunately the dream run with GM46 out to Keith and GM40 leading back to Adelaide with this particular train was thwarted when GM40 was running around the train at Keith, when the crew discovered the windscreen of GM40 was literally covered in splatters of oil and other muck. This saw 2207 then moving to the  front of the train for the run back to Adelaide (Tailem Bend)....  This is where I left the train, once 2207 was placed on the front, I lost interest, or you could say my interest 'Wayned'

(Wayne Morris)



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Entering Keith GM46, GM38, GM42, 2207, GM40.
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Entering Keith GM46, GM38, GM42, 2207, GM40.


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Viterra Keith GM46 old warhorse.
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Keith GM46, GM38, GM42, 2207, GM40.


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Keith GM46, GM38, GM42, 2207, GM40.

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Keith 2207 GM40, GM42, GM38, GM46.


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Keith GM40, 2207, GM42, GM38, GM46.

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Keith GM40, 2207, GM42, GM38, GM46.


 


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A special trip to Keith
10th April 2012

Yesterday the train of the day in Keith would have been GWA006, GM43, GM46, GM47, GM45, for the return to Adelaide, but was not meant to be obviously. By the time the train was loaded and the crew returned at 1800 hours, the light was all but gone, this is before they even kicked the locos into life and started putting the train together... GWA006 was one of those five new locomotives I went over the border for last week to picture them on their delivery run via Victoria. 

(Wayne Morris)



10th April 2012
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Keith GM45, GM47, GM46, GM43, GWA006, stabled.
10th April 2012
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Keith GWA006, GM43, GM46, GM47, GM45, stabled.


10th April 2012
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Keith GWA006 stabled.
10th April 2012
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Keith shunting Viterra style.


 


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Trip to Wolseley
12th September 2014.

An uneventful trip to get a few pictures of train no. 1283 destined for Wolseley SA.
The locos attached for this working were
2207 - 703 - CLP8 - GWU008.

(Wayne Morris)



12th September 2014
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Leaving the loop at Wolseley.
GWU008, CLP8, 703 2207.
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Bordertown TN1283, 2207, 703, CLP8 GWU008.


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Arriving Wolseley TN1283, 2207, 703, CLP8, GWU008.
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Arriving Wolseley TN1283, 2207, 703, CLP8, GWU008.


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Wolseley 703, CLP8, GWU008.
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Wolseley CLP8, GWU008.


12th September 2014
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Wolseley TN2184 GWU008, CLP8, 703, 2207.
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Wolseley TN2184 GWU008, CLP8, 703, 2207.


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