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JUST  TODAY'S  TRAINS - 1



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Training day 3rd September 2008

Train chasing day was good considering there were no trains running to the WEST due to the MT CHRISTIE track works damage /derailment a few days ago. Train Controller advises that there are normally up to about 12 trains on Wednesdays, Thursday's, Saturdays and Sundays. However there were only about four-five due to track closures..
Covered about 800 kilometres with Jeff in his Ford XR6, went to Crystal Brook saw a couple of NR's going through there. Into Pirie, met up with Doug - watched the Balco train loading the containers in what was once the old Pirie yards, down near opposite the silos/ adjacent to the old PIRIE Station - an ex NSW 45 class along with the 18 class both painted in red/yellow/black scheme.

(Wayne Morris)




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GM22 looking worse for wear standing alongside what
was once the Port Pirie main station platform.

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705 in the Pirie yard on the way down
in the direction of Coonamia.


Waited for about 15 minutes until the steel train passed through the yard with 3 NR's - all A end leading....... Then followed this train up to around CRYSTAL BROOK, then out to HUDDLESTON.... into and out the other side of Peterborough..... caught it upgrade out of YONGALA, where I have always wanted to photograph any train for a long time at that location..


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(3) NRs steel train.

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(3) NRs  uphill out of Yongala


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Out to the TIN tunnel (Dowds Hill) area.
Work is underway to replace the old tin tunnel
and replace it with the new tin tunnel version 2.
Could see the remains of the NG formation.

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New road tin tunnel version 2




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G540 and G537  - Bemax train.

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G540 and G537  - Bemax train.


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Shot from car of G540


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48 class on the move. A quick run into Solomontown parking bay, it was a bit of a run and was lucky enough to get a good shot of the loco truck en route to PT AUGUSTA.



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Training Day 26 September 2008

(Wayne Morris)



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Port Augusta.  26 September 2008


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Port Augusta


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Port Augusta.  26 September 2008


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Port Augusta.  26 September 2008

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Port Augusta.  26 September 2008


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Whyalla.  26 September 2008

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Whyalla.  26 September 2008



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Training day 15th October 2008

(Wayne Morris)



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Head local Honcho Fred, the frill neck lizard. An avid on the spot train spotter.
Can run faster than most trains in the area. 15 October 2008.


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Near Warnertown. T/N 4100
15 October 2008

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10k north Gladstone
15 October 2008


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Northern leg Port Pirie
15 October 2008

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L to R:  Ian Murdock, Don Turci, Phil Watherston.
15 October 2008


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Jamestown. 15 October 2008
Old NG railway station (now museum) in background.

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Port Pirie Yard
15 October 2008


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North of Port Pirie
15 October 2008

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North of Port Pirie
15 October 2008


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Crystal Brook
15 October 2008

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Crystal Brook
15 October 2008


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Crystal Brook
15 October 2008

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Crystal Brook
15 October 2008



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Training day Trips

(Wayne Morris)



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VL358, AN7, GM1 Dry Creek South.   
21 December 2008



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701 Dry Creek South.
21 December 2008


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NR85, NR18.  Dry Creek South
21 December 2008

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GWA locos. Dry Creek South. 
25 December 2008


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Leaving Mallala
24 December 2008

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Leaving Mallala
24 December 2008


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CLP17 and ALF22_ex Mallala_8k to 2Wells.
24 December 2008

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PETWOOD (62 km) on the South (Hills) line.   
Couple of NRs and a green DL.  11 October 2008.


                                      
7MP7 working downhill approaching Millswood 20th September 2008. Locos NR23-NR8 and NR55. Three colour schemes with old original orange/grey of National Rail on NR23 - NR8 in blue Pacific National and NR55 in the green on the rear.

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SCT train Bordertown. 13th July 2008

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At last I have achieved the three jumbo's
at Brighton RWS.  9th December 2008.


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The ex NSW 80 class loco - 
I think it was 8035 or similar. Islington Works

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Islington Works


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Islington Works

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Islington Works


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Islington Works


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Four useless "Slug Units' commonly called booster units or TEBU class.  How to take four good locos (600 class) and convert them into useless bits of metal....


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Stored in the open (end of its days- 44s1) ex Explorer 961

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Dry Creek South. EDI facility


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Dry Creek South. EDI facility

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Dry Creek South. EDI facility


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Near Port Flat

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Port Flat


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Dry Creek South. EDI facility

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Port Flat


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Dry Creek North

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Tailem Bend


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From Greenfields

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Looking towards Mawson Lakes interchange.


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Greenfields

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Greenfields


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From the Bridge towards Greenfields

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EL56 MALALLA.  14 April 2008


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NR9 Two Wells & Mallala. 14 April 2008

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NR's MANNAHILL. 17 October 2006


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NR86 at Birkenhead.
Driver, John Glennie. 21 January 2007


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704 and 904 Stonie Dry Creek South
from the cab of GM32.  03 December 2006

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NR34 Overland out of tunnel Eden Hills. 27-1-2009.



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Training day 8th February 2009

(Wayne Morris)



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Near Cormack Rd a train with 40 hoppers rolling
slowly past with CLP16 and ALF22. 8 February 2009.



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2819 QN loco at DRY CREEK SOUTH. 8 February 2009


Here below are pics from 30th January 2009 little outing for pictures I wanted of the green DL on
the Patrick train at PELICAN POINT. Yes I know it was hot, dry and sometimes dusty, but I had to do it.


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Making up the train at the terminal.


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The half made up train pulls out of the "Container Handling Facility" clears the points
then pushes back onto the  south siding to collect the rest of the loading.


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Pushing the first half of its train back into the terminal to collect the second part.


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Pushing the first half of its train back into the
terminal to collect the second???? part.

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Taken from Veitch Road Rail Crossing close to the ASC 
(Australian Submarine Corp). The train was approaching my position slowly, stopped and then pushed back. I drove off.



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Training trip to TAILEM BEND.  17th April 2009

(Wayne Morris)



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Tailem Bend around 06:40 am



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Overland NR16 the Safety loco passing Monarto
South at speed taken from the car


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Uphill before Callington curve

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I then went to Kanmantoo at the 68K post. 
NR34 leading XRB561 and NR ? and pigeons.


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Following later the Mindarie sands train with GM37 smoking it up leading 2212  at 68k post passing by.


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Uphill at the 67k post adjacent to the Kanmantoo Mine / Callington area.  17th April 2009


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Port Adelaide with DL39 and DL45 crossing the 
bridge en route to Pelican Point. 16th April 2009

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Port River Bridge open on sunset.
13th April 2009



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Training Trip PORT AUGUSTA.  22nd April 2009

Into Port Augusta, wandered into Stirling North Yard saw burnt out 901 sitting coupled with GM38 (green) supposedly one of the Whyalla shunt locos. 
Watched NR79 and NR2 making up their train for 2PM5.
To Lake Knockout for 2PM5 crossing there followed 2PM5 to Mambray Creek where it went into the loop, Then 3MP9 came along with SCT - chased it north to the dips at/near NECTAR BROOK.

(Wayne Morris)



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Fire damaged 901 of GWA and green GM38
at Spencer Junction Yard.

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At Spencer Junction North Yard was burnt out 901.
The other engine SCT 006


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 (NR79 & NR2 on 2PM5)
crossing the Port Agutta Lake
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(NR79 & NR2 on 2PM5)
running along towards Mambray Creek

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SCT015 leading on 3MP9
Mambray Creek
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SCT015 on 3MP9
Nectar Brook Dip

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NR83 on AD8    Ghan, Port Germein,
towards the end of the day

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Late in the day at Port Pirie Yard. As the
 ore empties wait departure time from Pt Pirie
 with locos BL30 and BL32 up front.



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