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JUST  TODAY'S  TRAINS - 3



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25th August 2009
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NR 75, couldn't grab the number of AN Loco, travelling 
between Port Augusta and Mambrey Creek heading south. 
This photo was taken whilst in a car doing 100km/h.
(Tom Christy)

 


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26th August 2009

Another successful Wednesday outing with start trip to Port Flat.

We had to revert to Plan F again, the same as for the last trip as I was heading towards Port Flat for a rendezvous with my offsider for a days outing together in the one car..  I send the official SMS text message: "I am at Grange be there soon." Response was "Head for the hills young man, I am going to Yant”-aringa for MA6"

Being flexible, I was able to make some sense out of this last minute change of plan and continued on to the Port Flat regardless.

On arrival, Port Flat was as empty as empty can be.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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A run out to Pelican Point for a 07:10 arrival and am rewarded with the Balco train doing a bit of shunting into McKenzies with DL39 and 1872 (red one).

Once inside the container yard the gates are closed and security is on full alert for rail photographers trying to take photographs through the fence... Today was not the case 


A good clear run along Victoria Road then over the River Bridge and onto the Port Expressway and in no time I am at Hanson Road (Bishops Loop) to see if there are any waiting trains on the track. I catch a glimpse of an NR97 doing a shunt (push back) into Lysaghts siding,

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Managed a couple of "busy" photos before the train goes out of view and crosses Cormack Road and am not entirely pleased with the results. 
The NR97 has joined forces with AN7 as both locos on a light engine movement exit the siding and arrive back onto Bishops Loop. I assume (quite incorrectly) that these engines will be heading to the Port Flat - wrong.. 
Reaching Hanson Road again I see them heading off in the opposite direction heading back towards the Freight Terminal 


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Driving and stopping near Islington TA railcar station, AN7 and NR97 are sitting near the station platform awaiting access into the A.F.T. yard, their path is blocked by other locos including VL358/ALF23 and FQ01 with a crew car.

AN7 is resplendent in its original since new AN green, it even has the snail logos in situ on the front and sides..... 




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Trying out the camera on what has been the troublesome auto focusing on a few passing railcars, I hope for jumbos and am rewarded with yellow ended 3000/3100 types, not the most photogenic type of prey, but a few pics are captured as they pass by Islington Workshops. 


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Venturing to the other side of the tracks (used pedestrian maze) and ambled down to the southern gates into Islington Workshops where the gates are open, I photograph (pixelate) two general view shots of the remaining sheds inside the complex with a variety of locos on display, including a railcar inside one of the sheds and the shell of a NSW 48 class. 


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Crossing back over the tracks further light engines are now in position alongside the station platform including VL358/ALF23 and FQ01, the driver gives a friendly wave as he passes by.  (This shot keep Johnny happy)

Photos are obtained of blue NR69 NR121 as they run through North Adelaide. 
This is the last time I get to see these two locos as they head north and I am caught in abnormally heavy traffic on Park Terrace..


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Into Dry Creek South for a quick look and green (favourite) GM46 is sitting on the ready road and is positioned so that GM1 will be in the background of this particular picture. After six goes at this shot in the changing lighting conditions I am pleased with the results and head back to the front of EDI facility and see CLP13, yellow QRN painted loco is sitting outside in the patchy sunshine. As luck would have it about fifty seven galahs arrive and land on the grass between CLP13 and where I am positioned and commence to devour all and sundry. Deciding this should make a half reasonable shot if and when these birds take off, I wait and wait...... 
A crew arrive for CLP13 which is already idling, the birds soon scatter as the loco moves forward… 


EDI has new security measures in place, courtesy of couple of Lapwin plovers.
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Coming in for line of sight bombing run with hooks on wings at the ready.
Was very hard to try to get a ffffoooocused picture when you are under full attack
  by these very quick birds at Dry Creek South in front of EDI.
Even the autofocus wasn't this quick..


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As the loco CLP13 passes the EDI sign, 
I 'clicked' CLP16 visible in this shot
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Along the Port Expressway to Port Flat and am rewarded
 with LQ3122 doing a little shunting in the yard.


Trying for a new location, I am given permission to park the car in a businesses yard near the Port Bridge and seek out a suitable spot for the Balco train from Pelican Point as it crosses the bridge, of course it will be approaching me. X wrong again.
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I climb onto the roof of my car (not recommended if it rains) and wait and wait for the train to come. I am rewarded again with the rail crossing gongs starting, but there is no train approaching from off the bridge. I manage to photograph more engines for the Balco ? this time in the form of 103 (ex NSW45 class loco with a cut down cab) and 1873 heading onto the bridge. (?).







Off the car and another drive out to Pelican Point and I see what appears to be two trains sitting on adjacent tracks. 

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This turns out to be DL39 without a train standing on one track and three locos (PATRICK colours_red) with 1873 / 103 and 1872 trailing on the other with the consist behind. Within a few minutes the train is underway and a good picture is managed here.
The chase is on as I stick to the speed limit and get a good run to the River Bridge, crossing the bridge on the western side I glance along the tracks, no train, I have beaten the train…(wrong). As I crest the bridge, I see the tail of the train disappearing from view on the eastern side of the bridge… 
A good run along Port Expressway, the correct decision is made to go direct to the top end (eastern) of Bishops Loop. 

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As the rail crossing on South Road is crossed, I stop off the side of the road immediately after the crossing, the gongs sound for the approaching train with the three red locos (Balco) is fast approaching. A series of pics are taken at this good location in overcast conditions. 


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CLF1 / CLP7 / CLP9 / LDP001
 and new on delivery loco AC4306

Another short run along the Expressway and I am back at the western end of Bishops Loop waiting for the expected arrival of a late running MA6. With the arrival of other rail photographers at this location, the time has come to try photographing the train from the wrong side of the tracks and to get away from them.

Satisfactory results are obtained once again due to the subdued lighting conditions as CLF1 / CLP7 / CLP9 / LDP001 and new on delivery loco AC4306 brings up the rear of the train pass by. I am now on the wrong side of the tracks, as the other enthusiasts head off in their respective cars for I would guess Port Flat, I wait for the passing of this train. This is a good reason for me not to go to Port Flat.


I make my way to Two Wells to see 2 x SCT locos in the crossing loop, one of the crew advises that they have a long wait until about 2:15p.m and are expecting another 3 trains to pass before ‘Their Time Comes”. The rest of the day is a fairly uneventful affair as I set off in search of somewhere to photograph these expected trains beyond Two Wells.

As I cross the tracks at the Gallipoli Crossing, I see another rail enthusiast has beaten me to the location and has set up his video camera for these trains……… I find a location closer to the tracks and am hidden from his view by a large peppertree.

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Remaining here I photograph NR109 on 4AD8 pass train to Darwin as it zips past at about 1:10 p.m.

This is followed at 1:52 p.m. by: 

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NR58 NR6 on 3MP7.
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I set off back towards Two Wells for a different location for the next train and settle for a road crossing about three kilometres from Two Wells, close to the 50K post. 

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The next train through is MP5 with NR93 NR92 passing by at 2:35 p.m.

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A passing shot of some of the loading.

Back to Gallipoli Crossing for what is expected to be the last train for the day for me….this is the one worth waiting for with CLP9, CLF7, LQ3122 and the new loco for ARG AC4306 expected sometime. (before it gets dark I hope). A reasonable number of other rail enthusiasts now turn up here to photograph this train on the long sweeping bend on an embankment at this location. 

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The train sweeps past our location at 4:25 p.m., within 90 seconds it has gone into the distance. The enthusiasts disperse quietly going their respective ways, one had travelled from Port Augusta, and another was over from Victoria, the remainder were Adelaide locals. 


I see my expected travelling companion for the second time during the day, not bad considering we were going to do the Training Together on this occasion…. 

His comments in a later e-mail to me read (quote) : ….and the programs or plans are always flexible my good man “flexibility is the key to good rail fanning”. 
Who could argue with these words of wisdom… from the Wise Man himself.

So as the day draws to a close, it is time to head home, a small detour for one last look at Port Flat.

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Yes, rewarded with CLP13, G516 in QRN yellow and LDP001 trailing with train number AM6, in the failing light managing the last pictures of the day as the train departs at 5:32 p.m.

So endeth another TRAINING DAY.


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9th September 2009

Short outing down the Port way.

Found all Queensland National yellow and black combo making up their train in the yard, Port Flat... Also short drive to Pelican Point found locos NR17, XRB561, NR26, AN1 running around then pushing back a few platforms into McKenzie (Container Terminal.) Pelican Port / Outer Harbour.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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G516, CLP11, LDP005 Port Flat

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LDP005, CLP11, G516 Port Flat


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LDP005, CLP11, G516 Western leg Port Flat

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G516, CLP11, LDP005 Port Flat yard.


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NR17, XRB561, NR26, AN1 Pelican Point

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NR17 Cabshot Pelican Point


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AN1, NR26, XR561, NR17 Pelican Point

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AN1 Cabshot Pelican Point


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XRB561 Pelican Point

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AN1, NR26, XRB561, NR17 McKenzies Pelican Point



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16/18th September 2009

Here’s a few from this outing. Went out for whatever was running and by lunchtime the weather was quite fowl, but alas remained dedicated to the cause.

(Greg O'Brien)

 

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4061 CLP17, GM42, CLP14 Mitcham. 16 Sept 2009
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3MP9 crosses 4061 Belair Loop.
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3MP9 crossed 4061 Belair Loop



Ventured down to the Port for MA6, but not present, anticipating also that ‘the stonie’ would not be to far away and on the way down; then this barge turned up out of the blue.


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Stonie 4E52 704, 843 Port River Bridge. 16 Sept 2009

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Stonie 4E52 704, 843 Port River Bridge.


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ARG 2202 Port Flat. 18 Sept 2009

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5MA3 NR113, XRB61, AN9 Gillman. 18 Sept 2009



16/18th September 2009

These next few unusual pics below okay are not of trains, but were noted while railfanning and is something out of the box about the "Santa Fe" desalination rig that was parked in the Port River near the rail port River bridge.

The barge was on the news apparently and is here in conjunction with the desalination plant at Hallett Cove; apparently in the Port of Adelaide for next couple of months for maintenance and then plying back and forth from the Port down to Stanvac. This is where the shot of ‘the stonie’ was taken and is where it (barge) will be tied up for next couple of months.

(Greg O'Brien)



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Barge "Santa Fe" Port River. 16 Sept 2009

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Ship Port Arthur plus barge Port River. 16 Sept 2009


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Ship Thevenard plus barge Port River.
16 Sept 2009

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Barge "Santa Fe" parked 2 days later Port River.
18 Sept 2009

 


12th November 2009

Basically the story goes that the ‘Santa Fe’ has had work done to it since arriving at Port Adelaide on 16th September 2009 and on the 12th November 2009, was on its way down to Stanvac for work in conjunction with building the desalination plant there. Apparently will spend some time there before returning to Port Adelaide at some later date. 

(Greg O'Brien)



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KC Campbell + Santa Fe Osborne. 12 Nov 2009

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Santa Fe Osborne.  12 Nov 2009


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KC Campbell + Santa Fe Pelican Osborne.
 12 Nov 2009

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Santa Fe at Outer Harbour heads to Stanvac.
 12 Nov 2009

 


13th November 2009

The first day of use/operation of the BIG THING named "SANTA FE" off Port Stanvac for the States DESAL Plant. Below some evening shots of the BIG THING off Port Stanvac 13th November 2009, taken from Marino Rocks / Hallett Cove and from ON SITE at the DeSal Plant.

(Wayne Morris)



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Looking towards Port Stanvac and the "Santa Fe"

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Work proceeding on new Desalination plant


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Overall view Desal plant and "Santa Fe" rig.

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Chucked in this sunset pic Port Stanvac Nov 2009.


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Non Rail Offering is of the drilling platform / rig being used in the conjunction with the construction of the De Salination Plant off Port Stanvac, seen here being towed towards Port Adelaide 8th July 2010 captured on sunset from HOVE.



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3rd October 2009

Drove to Gawler, arrived there in plenty of time, found out that stonie would pull up on number 2 road (through the passenger shelter track), A return home via MPC (Dry Creek South), a few shots were taken of some of the locos 'on shed'. 

(Wayne Morris)

 

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831 and 704 Stonie No 2 road Gawler

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MPC engine huddle. Dry Creek south


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GM42 and GM43 at MPC Dry Creek south

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MPC Dry Creek south



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10th October 2009

Went for a run to Port Flat, nothing only 2202 again. MPC all looked very quiet. No plovers there today either, that was the one blessing. 

(Wayne Morris)



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ALF24 and 8122 MPC Dry Creek South

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MPC Dry Creek South



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18th October 2009

A couple of pix from Port Phlat this arvo, just noseying around and saw the orange nose of a GM hidden in amongst the trees at ABB silos Port Adelaide.
Didn't have long to wait before the two locos light engine GM47 and CLP17 (the last locos) in their respective classes. (although for the sake of correctness when the CL's were rebuilt into CLF/CLP classes, the original numbers did not necessarily follow the rebuilding, this is probably the case with the present CLP17 was originally CL8.  GM47 and CLP17 were last locos of their classes. 

(Wayne Morris)



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GM47 and CLP17 at ABB silos. Port Adelaide

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GM47 and CLP17 at ABB silos. Port Adelaide


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GM47 and CLP17 east of the Port Expressway overpass.



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24th October 2009

 Todays Sleeper Train at near the 68K post or Back Callington Road, KANMANTOO area CALLINGTON. The only loco which was smoking was GM42 (last one). It was a pity it only managed another 6 kilometres before an engine failure..near PETWOOD

(Wayne Morris)

 

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69K Callington CLP17, 701, CLP14, GM43, GM42.

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68K Kanmantoo CLP17, 701, CLP14, GM43, GM42.


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68K Kanmantoo CLP17, 701, CLP14, GM43, GM42.

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68K Kanmantoo CLP17, 701, CLP14, GM43, GM42.


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67k End of Sleeper Train.



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26th October 2009

A wander down to Port Flat found GM43
about to head back to the MPC, Dry Creek


(Greg O'Brien)

 

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GM43 departing Port Flat. 26-10-2009



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29th October 2009

 A somewhat different type of coverage in lieu of the normal train underway shots, this is the preparation of the Mindarie Sands train for Thursday 29th October 2009.

Was poorly positioned for the actual departure, had left the safety of my high up perch went to ground level and confronted by waist high lineside 'grass' as the Mindarie train moved off with GM42 & GM43.......

Had intended to follow this train until the daylight failed, however due to the change of locos up front from the expected GM46 and GM47 combination to what were possibly going to be the locos for tonights Pinnaroo grain train to now GM42 and GM43, you could say my interest had waned....... 

(Wayne Morris)

 

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Pelicans of Pelican Point this arvo

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Moving the locos and crew car from MPC to then
move out to Dry Creek North yard (all takes time).


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Shunter pushing back under Port Wakefield
(Cavan) Bridge on the crew car.

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Has done the collection of the flats from Dry Creek
North yard and moving out, closer to departure time.


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GM42 GM43 moved back into Dry Creek South area
approach the signals

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MPC


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GM42 GM43 pushing back to clear points
 and to allow 2212 to come in as Light Engine.
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2212 with jumbo 3 car
set 2108 2002 2109
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Jumbos 2108 2002 2109 passing by
(still in original orange)



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30th October 2009

 Left home at 0435 into Tailem Bend at 0540.... Only FreightCorp liveried  loco 8013 idling in the yard. Turns out I had missed the returning Mindarie /Wanbi train by about 25 minutes, it had already passed through Tailem Bend at about 0515...... The reason for my trip had just vanished.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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However GM46 and 2216 were sitting in the yard as well, these locos were awaiting the return
of the Pinnaroo grain train later in the day.


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NR73 NR112 waiting 8013 to be added TAILEM BEND

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NR73, NR112, 8013 ready to depart TAILEM BEND 


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NR50 and NR49 up front and the train crossing
the bridge from the eastern side MURRAY BRIDGE

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NR117 on Overland near the 89K post
between MONARTO and Rocky Gully.


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NR
, XRB, AN Fosters curve BELAIR.

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703. GM47, 2216, GM46 BELAIR ex Pinnaroo grain. 


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703. GM47, 2216, GM46 BELAIR ex Pinnaroo grain.

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703, GM47, 2216, GM46 Fosters curve BELAIR. 


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BELAIR. Passengers waiting. 

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BELAIR zoomed a little, nice looking locos.
Hey! I said 'locos', not the er additional scenery.



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31st October 2009

Out for the usual Saturday selection and 6MP9 was on the move; waited for that at Direk. 
In the going away shot, 6MP9 has the green stick, and to the left of it is the western abutment of the new overpass bridge being part of the construction of the Northern Expressway. 7AP1, the QRN train, was on the move and waited for that at Parafield Gardens.

(Greg O'Brien)

 

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6MP9 with SCT002, SCT003, DIREK.  31-10-2009

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6MP9 with SCT002, SCT003, DIREK.  31-10-2009


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7AP1 with G534, CLF7, PARAFIELD.  31-10-2009



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10th November 2009

With a distinct lack of sleep under the belt, woke at 0525, up and mobile at 0600.
An easy drive to Balhannah and waited for the trains to come to me except the picture near Nitschke Rd, where I went looking for the Sands train with GM47 GM42.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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NR44, XRB560, XRB561, AN7, BALHANNA

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NR109, AN11, 8122, DL39, BALHANNA


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NR59, NR, BALHANNAH

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GM47 GM42 near Nitschke Rd, MT BARKER Junction


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GM47, GM42, cross BALHANNA with AM7, NR7, NR50

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GM47, GM42, cross BALHANNAH with AM7, NR7, NR50


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GM47, GM42, Beaumonts Road YANTARINGA

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GM47, GM42, EDEN HILLS

After Eden Hills it was off home was getting way too hot. 35C


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14th November 2009

Mornings very early departure for Tailem Bend. Only the one train this morning.
From the road bridge over the track at Tailem Bend with NR102 and NR108, and
departure from T/B following hooking up of two banking locos 8013 and DL41.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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NR102 NR108 before Tailem Bend. 14-11-2009

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NR102, NR108, 8013, DL41, Tailem Bend Departure.



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