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JUST  TODAY'S  TRAINS - 2



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30th May 2009  The day's trials & tribulations of a railfan.

There I was taking it easy, just cruising along in no real hurry to get to near North Adelaide RWS would have preferred on the straight passing the golf links there, however, this was not to be, as I came in parallel with the rail line at Mile End, near the site of Bakewell Bridge, I start running parallel with the train I was hoping to photograph, it was moving along pretty well... I did the best I could and managed to get to near the site of the long gone rail crossing site near Nth Adelaide RWS instead of the position I hoped to have make it too. FAILED.....

(Wayne Morris)



I couldn't get into position near North Adelaide... "I saw the headlight coming just before the bend in the track where the Port Adelaide line goes off... I abandon the car cross into the pedestrian maze and realise that this not a good position to take photos from, there is a lot of lineside grassy stuff between the BG suburban and SG tracks. 

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NR119  near North Adelaide.  


Later driving along Churchill Road North, I see the SCT train heading out with two locos.. ahh good, I will photograph this up the embankment at Dry Creek South from the Cavan Rd Bridge... I pulled in at the foot of the embankment as the train went a rolling by and increasing speed... looked good... 
Overall result then was FAILED...


To Dry Creek North Yard area.. from here I see 2214 at the head of the rail rake (going to Belair) at 1030, as I was told. So plenty of time, it's only 0940 ish... time to go back and take a couple pix of 703 resplendent in new GWA paint and looking very good in good lighting too outside EDI facility.  Manage the pictures, turn around and see 2214 idling past with the train.. oops it is early, ANOTHER FAILURE. 
Too late, the sunlights on the wrong side too.


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703 in new GWA paint EDI facility.

Not to be outdone, one heads off to Port Adelaide for a change of pace..

I see QRN coloured G516 and CLP12 starting to pullout of the yard........ across the rail crossing at on Eastern Parade.  Out to Magazine Road off Cormack Road......a short walk from the crossing and wait for the train to come to me.  Success.... 


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NR109 at Birkenhead.

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704 and 841 on Stonie at Birkenhead.

Red NR109 'long end leading' on its way to Pelican Point with string of flats at Birkenhead. Good picture even if three crew members of a nearby ship walked into the side of the shot.  Off to Pelican Point Road looking for the possible returning NR109, the loco is Light Engine and running back. I next see the loco stopped just south of Veitch Road rail crossing - 'Would have to be the Stonie coming for it to have stopped here', so back to Birkenhead, waited and waited here until just after 1400 when the Stonie comes into view with the usual 704 and 841.   Success.



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13th July 2009

OUT and ABOUT in the PORT ADELAIDE AREA.

(Wayne Morris)



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GM47 und GM46 'reversing back to the
crew car  and empties at Pelican Point.

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GM47 und GM46 'reversing back with crew car and
empties into the yard, then gates were closed. 


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Behind the closed gates at Pelican Point
The loading container commences.

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704 & 841 with loaded 'Stonie' approaches the gates into the Penrice Soda plant, Osborne.


841 and 704 empty stone train makes a spirited departure from Osborne......

 "The buildings in the background are of the Penrice Soda plant, where the loaded stone train delivers the load, collects the empties and scurries back to Dry Creek South yard".


Both 841 and 701 locos have received "Moron Attention"  from half witz with spraypaint cans.
Note:  Some graffiti has been removed from these two pictures.

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A friendly crew member on loco 841 as it 
passed my location at OSBORNE.

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AND thar she goes,,,, 
heading back to Dry Creek South yard.


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22
10 and one grain hopper just north
of Veitch Road crossing.

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Left: Long serving QN 2819, which has probably spent
more time in SA than anywhere else @ PORT FLAT YARD.



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“The South Road level crossing, just north of Cormack Road, Wingfield has been a photographic haunt for many a year as a rail enthusiast; even in my working life, recall the rail traffic along with horses grazing and the feral population of rabbits, hares and fox sightings. The rail line is the main trunk way from Dry Creek to Port Adelaide and now more importantly to Pelican Point (Outer Harbour). In the early days it was 600’s, 700’s, more commonly 800’s, 830’s, 900’s and 930 class locos hauling the freight; following standard gauge we then saw AL’s, BL’s, C class, CL’s, DL’s and GM’s head down that track. Today we see the more modern horsepower of the private rail operators of QRN, GWA, PN, Balco and SBR (SCT) with a procession of grain traffic, ore trains, the daily “stonie” and intermodals. Bishop’s loop has been in existence between Hanson Rd and South Rd Wingfield to handle the increase in traffic and allow trains to cross. 

( Greg O'Brien)



September 1983
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704 oily Gillman loop.

September 1983
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704 oily Gillman loop.


6th January 1984
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907, 901, Stonie Wingfield on Gillman Loop.

6th January 1984
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907, 901, stonie Wingfield on Gillman loop.


October 1981
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947 Stonie Wingfield on Gillman Loop.


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704 Stonie near South Road Crossing where the
 900 class shot (see opposite pic) was taken and
this 12-07-2009 Stonie is about same location.

AND....once upon a time.
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902, 901 Stonie Gillman Loop. 13-01-1984 
This shot was done where South road extension
 now crosses the line. 
(Above pic is from 900class page)


This day
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Dry Creek North. 10-03-2009

Once upon a time.
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NF025 Dry Creek North. Feb 1984


24th November 1983
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414 Red Hen Wingfield on Gillman loop.

9th February 1984
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937 on Gillman Loop Wingfield.




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18th July 2009

Today's selection from a training outing.
All done at a leisurely pace thank goodness.


(Wayne Morris)



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Downgrade having passed through Mitcham, approaching the 8 k post (Angas Road)  crossing


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Passing through the closed HAWTHORN TA Station downgrade towards Sussex Terrace road crossing with SCT008 leading G---, G---, and 2819.


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The eastern end of the Port River Bridge with
the  interesting set of points.

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Return stonie 841 lead engine on Port River bridge

704 and 841 trundling along to the trains destination (OSBORNE) less than 5 minutes away with the Angaston loaded stone train. 

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'ONE DAY SOON'? is the message.  
Even old locos go in a coffin
eventually.

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EDI facility - Dry Creek South
GM40, SCT004, and CLP14.


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The One Stop facility at Dry Creek South with a mixed bag of locos in the pic: G540, BL30. The usual line up of GWA locos with an ALF (blank end showing). Green DL48 undercover, with GM1 on the R/H side of the picture.

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SCT operations taken from Grand Junction Rd Bridge, shows their H2 shunt loco, an ex Bluebird now acting as a crew car. The sign on the fence advises 'Graffers" if they can read. All graffiti is removed from trains before departure.



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22nd July 2009

Quick trip to around the Port area again, crossed over the Port River Bridge headed down to the Birkenhead Mobil Siding in time to find NR30 (indigenous colours) sitting inside waiting to come out...... Then the skies opened up and it literally pissed down for some five minutes before easing off to a few drops, short time later it stopped, and the sun came out......

(Wayne Morris)


I managed from inside the car showing NR30 coming from the siding to rejoin the main line in the heavy rain.
Some tricky shots were undertaken from inside the car between sweeps of the wiper blades.

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Here NR30 with tankers ready to come out.

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Wipe,,,,, Ah yes a quick clear shot.  "click"


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"click" "Opps darn, wiper got in the way"

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Wipe,,,,  Yes another clearer shot.


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Darn wiper not fast enough,  oh well, "click"


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Hard to believe that this shot of NR30 side on, was not much more than five minutes after the rain started to fall....the sun came out.


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NR18 leads with XRB560, the loading of the tanks and NR30 now is on the rear of this train. I had never waited around long enough to see how this was done, looks like a push pull operation, once coupled up. 
NR30 after having hauled the loaded tanks onto the main line couples up with the other two waiting locos NR18 and XRB560 then departs.


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Birkenhead, as the train makes it way to the Port River Bridge this picture shows NR18 and XRB560 passing over a crossing.

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NR30 on the rear of this train passing over the same rail crossing.


From here a short journey to the foot of the bridge would have bagged a good shot of the locos and the short train as it made its way up onto the bridge, it was not to be as a large truck (oil tanker) cut in front of me ruining any chance of the shot I was hoping for.....the time I made it to the bridge the train was out of view.  (oh well next time).


It got better, as I was about to abandon the training for the day and satisfied with what I had of this oil train movement. Went for a quick look see as Bishops Loop / off Hanson Rd /Port Expressway, to find CLF5 and CLP17 waiting in the siding with a lengthy grain train. In a short time was rewarded with the Balco heading to Pelican Point with 1872 leading DL39 passing the grain train.


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CLF5 and CLP17 waiting in Bishop's siding.

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CLF5 idling away


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Bishop's Loop. The driver had decided to stand lineside right where I wanted to take my wider shots I had hoped for. I didn't ask to move out of the way, as I would have had to have trudged through the wet grass with my decent clothes and shoes on, then I would have been too far forward for the shot anyway. Note in the pic on right: Look at Balco cab window one can see it had the green light showing behind the photographer.


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Couldn't get high enough to capture the train properly. Moving into position to obtain a few pictures of the grain train framed between the signals, the wig wag crossing sounds again, and an approaching headlight.
Photographed a LE (light engine) movement of NR30 XRB560 and NR18 heading to Port Flat...  
The rain held off here, even though it was fairly gloomy the results were quite good all things considered.


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NR30 XRB560 and NR18 heading to Port Flat...



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26th July 2009

Training Day and Recce Run to Nantawarra, Whitwarta and Bumbunga.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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LDP001 and G511 sitting in Bishops Loop, waiting for permission to move to the Port Flat Yard.
Note the main line is now completely enveloped in green grassy weeds.


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VL358 and an ex Bluebird
 (now converted to a crew car)
out beyond Bumbunga. (from memory

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KALLORA and the same trains passes
after being  held at Bowmans
for various crosses to take place.


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Into BOWMANS on the return journey and located
 the newer and old (out of use) bridges, 
as NR25 crosses with IP service to Adelaide

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BOWMANS again and the two bridges,
showing a passing/past passenger train
hauled by NR113



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9th August 2009

Due to problems on Saturday 8th the sleeper train was divided at Tailem Bend, and Part I travelled through to Adelaide on that day.
This is Part 2 of the loading. (CONTINUING ON).. 

No I did not get out to see Part I of this train...from  the previous day.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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Uphill from Clapham light engines CLF5 & ALF22, also of them rounding the curve at Lynton RWS
en route to Tailem Bend to collect Part II of the Sleeper Train from Victoria. 


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Tailem Bend Yard - with ALF22 now hooked up to the
Part 11 Sleeper Train loading, whilst 8112 of National
Rail awaits its next banking duty for the Adelaide Hills. 

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Tailem Bend Yard with ALF22 and CLF5 crew,
doing the air check prior to departure,
with 8112 nearby.


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Once the train passes, I head off for Callington to await its arrival at a new location I want to try out.


After a long wait I wonder why the Sleeper Train had not yet arrived. In the distance I can hear a train horn, although this seems to be coming from the wrong direction as far as I can work out, due to a noisy football game at the nearby Callington Oval.    

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Picking up the camera and tripod I walk the short
distance uphill to the road crossing to pixelograph
 NR46 and NR24 on an Adelaide - Melbourne train.

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Once the train has passed I ran the 100 metres or so back
to my original set position closer to the Callington Oval
to catch the same train heading off in the distance, the
two locos are climbing the hill in the middle background..


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Rewarded with the sleeper train sometime later.



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The next location being near Balhannah at the main road crossing, this was probably the only time I saw the sun on this particular journey as it managed to add a bit of light on the subject.


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The last location for this sleeper train is as it emerges from the Upper Sturt Tunnel... gone

SO ENDS
the outing..



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Full on Training Day for 3 Railfans
19th August 2009

 (Greg O'Brien)

Wednesday 19th of August 2009 and in search of the AC;  AC 4301, a new locomotive is on its delivery run to ARG in Perth, Western Australia.

What a day Mr Hart, what a day… an early start and off to Lynton, enroute message received “3MP9 thru Lynton”; a quick U bolt as 3MA6, using the latest in guesstimate technology, would be roughly 2 hours behind 3MP9, so up the freeway and off to Yantaringa we go. Arrive there, setup, and hear the squeal of flanges, two vanillas on PM6 – a no shot, so perhaps off to Mount Barker Junction and make a check on the local scenery. Two GM’s are on 4K22, the Mindarie sands train and are there for the cross with PM6. Back to Yantaringa and await the arrival of 4K22; no such luck – being held there for the passing parade, and then the birds idly chatter about, parrots fly in along with a few ducks squawking and the lowly magpie too, amidst are the three wise men of Yantaringa, in conference as to what is, what they’d rather be or what they’d be better of doing.

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Three wise men of Yantaringa

 And then, their sounds are then shattered by 3MA6 and yellow engines and the wind is howling, thankfully the video was passable, with care. 

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3MA6, CLP11, CLP13, LDP001, AC4301 Yantaringa.


Then off to Mt Lofty, plenty of time via the freeway and am greeted by local rail enthusiasts there for the shots. Then off too Lynton via the freeway but it’s getting busy. Down to Lynton, via Cross Roads and traffic is getting heavy, find a gap, kind mini-bus driver lets me in, plenty of time to spare, and a message is received “He’s thru Belair”. Sun is shining, few shadows but no time to re-battle that traffic again for another location, get the shot, and then…

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3MA6, CLP11, CLP13, LDP001, SC4301. Mt Lofty
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3MA6, CLP11, CLP13, LDP001, AC4301 Arr Port Flat


Next stop, Port Flat – traffic on the way there is unbelievable; chaos is not a suitable word to describe it. 
But we get there and meet up with “the boys”. Tactics are talked; thought about, decisions are made, get the various shots of the shunt. No such luck with a roster shot of AC 4301, nup, was not to be. 3MA3 with vanillas including NR111 is sitting at Bishops Loop, Wingfield and so time to move on after completing a “record shot” of that. Getting a “city shot” of 4AP1 (with AC4301 attached) would mean having to battle the traffic again, not to mention the obligatory roadwork’s that abound or appear out of nowhere. 

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CLP11, CLP13, LDP001, AC4301.  Port Flat
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AC4301 North end.  Port Flat


So it’s Kallora here we come, mandatory breakfast stop at Bolivia and our ardent Port Flat correspondent remains; short time later he calls up, they’re still shunting and messing about down here, the AP1 shunt went up on the bridge and 3MA3 has arrived – “chaos down Port Flat” is the word. 
We set off; two of us, separate vehicles and on a mission, fed watered and ready to fly. So much for Plan ‘A’, that went out the window hours ago. A message is received “MR1 is going across the top – heading for PUG”, so think bugger, missed that bugger, C509 lead unit, would’ve been nice too. Onwards we go and en route another update, “They’re turning the engines at PUG, then to Adelaide with C509 up front”. The rail gods are shining upon us, so no “bugger” any more, a retraction; all may well be “double bonus” time. Thoughts of getting 4AP1 at Yorkey’s now dim, but weather is improving, so yes, the rail gods appear to be smiling upon us perhaps.

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Tail end of 2PM9 Kallora
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4MR2 C509, RL303 Rail train. Crystal Brook


Next stop Crystal Brook where we head for the bridge, park on the road below and then ascend the bank, thinking not much time, car headlights still on, video camera still on seat, we’d bolted for the bridge; realising afterwards, plenty of time would’ve been had for video too. Another enthusiast emerges out of the shadows and the trio awaits “the happenings”. But alas, not too long and out of the west appears 4MR2 with C509, RL303 and a load of rail which is trundling down the main on a yellow for the Brook. On the other side of the coin 4AP1 appears to be making good time approaching in the opposite direction on the double track main out of Crystal Brook to Pirie. West side and shots of C509 acquired, traffic thankfully is at a bare minimum, so back the east side to see 4MR2 trundle under the bridge and 4AP1 is getting closer and closer and closer, 4MR2 eases out of the way and shots acquired. Word is that 4AD8 is to cross 4MR2 also on the double track, so think usually a red Ghan or a vanilla, but we are pleasantly provided with NR1 in Pacific National colours, worth waiting for as the conversation flowed and solving the problems of the world.

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4AP1, CLP12, G516, AC4301 crossing
4MR2, C509, RL303. Crystal Brook
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3MP5 crossing 4MR2 rail train  Snowtown


4AD8 comes into view, MR2 trundles off and the shots of the “legendary Ghan” are acquired (
see picture next railfan shots below) and then it’s over to Rocky River for C509 on the point
(see picture next railfan shots below) where he’s crossed by 3MP7, vanillas and a no shot. Onward Christian soldiers and 4MR2 is the subject of our mission, down to Redhill and then Snowtown for his cross with 3MP5. By this time, the fuel situation is getting mission critical, so was certainly hoping that we’d make it there and back to Mobil Snowtown to fill up; Redhill being Option One, then again backup was at close call. Camera misfires for the shot of 3MP5, but no loss, only vanillas with hefty load of double stacks and cars. A bit of jocularity had been occurring and settings of camera were still on 12 second timer as we’d all posed for a self portrait, needless to say – sun must have been getting to us perhaps !!!

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3MP5 the shot my camera misfired with.
(Taken by fellow railfan Wayne Morris

The cross occurs and Bemax – train no 4061 can’t be too far away. Fuel light comes on on the way back to Mobil Snowtown, but we get there. Winder screens washed, full tank of fuel and then find a spot for the Bemax and G537 (see picture next railfan shots below) graces us with his presence – a one shot as sun is fading fast.

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Sunset on Snowtown.

Is that time of the day, sun is almost gone, trains are heading off into the sunset and time also for the ardent rail enthusiast(s) to make yet another decision – homeward bound, or Peterborough. 
Home says two, only one for Peterborough. So is now a matter of things to do, people to see, places to visit and we bid farewell to the mid-north for another day. All in all, a very good day was had by all who braved the day, having discussed many things, not to mention the rail industry and other such subjects that were willing to be spoken of, talked about or even thought of.


19th-20th August 2009
(Wayne Morris)

Have had the best 2 training days on record, with two other rail fanning persons above.  For reasons unknown, we ended up all having our own cars with us.... 
So we followed each around like sheep between locations  Crystal Brook / Rocky River / Redhill / Snowtown and back to Rocky River again for the various trains. 

I first met up with railfan friend at Mount Lofty, from there we went our separate ways briefly, he to Lynton and I went to Angas Road.....following this he went to Port Flat, I went to Dry Creek South to an area off Magazine Road and photographed light engines to the Port (Flat)....... Met him again and so it went, 



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CLP12 G516 and crew car light engines
en route to Port Flat at Dry Creek
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CLP12 G516 Port Adelaide_light engines
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CLP12, G516, AC4301, LDP001, Port Flat Yard
"lot of employees checking out things"
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CLP12, G516, AC4301, LDP001
General view of Port Flat from the south end


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CLP11, CLP13, LDP001, Locos from Port Flat Yard
onto the bridge before returning to Dry Creek.
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SCT002, SCT014, Kallora / Adelaide bound train.


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CLP12, G516, AC4301, Kallora_en route to the
West with AC4301 on its delivery run
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C509, RL303, rail train to cross with CLP12, G516,
AC4301, LDP001, on the dual track near Crystal Brook.


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NR1 passenger / from the road bridge
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G
537 Bemax Sands Rocky River Crystal Brook


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C509, RL303, the rail train at Rocky River
near Crystal Brook
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4MR2 locos C509 RL303, the rail train at Snowtown
awaiting the cross with 3MP5
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earing sunset, we went our separate ways, I drove off to Peterborough and made an overnighter of it. Today I saw only three trains in my travels, but it was a good day.....  A train in Peterborough in the morning at 0712 being the mineral sands BEMAX train with G537 up front as it passed the Peterborough RWS heading back up the hills.... Also took some shots of Peterborough Railway Station as it is today.

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Replica engines as one comes into Peterborough
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Peterborough Station and cabin


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Peterborough cabin boarded up
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Peterborough station doors


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Inside half loco sheds
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Loco sheds. Peterborough


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Dowd's Hill cutting
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IP in the Dowd's Hill cutting


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IP heading out of cutting, Peterborough in distance
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Tin Tunnel at Dowd's Hill cutting


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IP heading out of Peterborough past old loco sheds
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Yongala yard


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Jamestown end of Yongala yard

GLADSTONE -"This is one of those places where the rail has run into a wall" I do not believe much perspective can be gained in such a short length of 'track'
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 Or perhaps: The section closest the camera is supposed to represent Broad Gauge (5'3") tapering down to Narrow Gauge (3'6") before it stops near the wall. This the best Gladstone could offer when coming in from Gulnare / Georgetown direction.



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