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JUST  TODAY'S  TRAINS - 4



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Loco's 2207, 2210, GM42, GM43, CLP14 on 7062 sleeper train
12th December 2009

I settled upon another location this time (Back Callington Road crossing), one which I haven't used since the early 90's, this one being between what was once CALLINGTON Station and the usual spot at the 68K post. This site will feature later as one of those sites where a passing loop /(siding) is going to be re-instated in this general area and down the grade towards CALLINGTON. Not my usual favourite GM/CLP leading combination this particular time, nevertheless they are still in there at loco positions 3,4 and 5.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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Back Callington Road crossing.
Engines 2207, 2210, GM42, GM43, CLP14.

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Loco pulling hard up Callington curve.
Engines 2207, 2210, GM42, GM43, CLP14.


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Same train sweeping around the curve at
ALDGATE station, now a Community Centre.

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Passing shot at Algate.


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Prior to Belair coming downgrade into "Fosters"
Engines 2207, 2210, GM42, GM43, CLP14 on train 7062



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28th January 2010.

It certainly was an action packed day with many trains sighted photographed and or followed. Was quite a warm day with electrical storms and rain up around Crystal Brook / Port Pirie way and beyond which made an interesting subject of its own - in photos as the day progressed. Did 840 kilometres for the day and had a mighty fine day out there....

(Wayne Morris)


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Near Virginia.
6004, 6005, CLF1, on PA1

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Near Virginia.
ALF19, VL361, VL357, on DA2


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Snowtown
NR103, NR22, on PM7

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Redhill
NR8 on XA7


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Redhill
G108, PPL103, on 5117

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Port Pirie
NR40, NR6, on YN2


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Huddleston Curves
NR26 on SA8

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Crystal Brook
SCT005, SCT009 on PG1



The one of most interest and perhaps sadness for me on a personal level was the failure of NR101 whilst working a Perth bound freight started to run into trouble at Port Germein when passing, NR101 the second loco was 'passing' a small amount of black smoke and sounded on the 'Knocking' side as it passed by....... when the train was nearing Nectar Brook you could see the train had slowed considerably the smoke (black) was by now pouring from NR101's exhaust.....the train eventually was stopped some kilometres from Winnanowie where the failed loco was shut down... A little later it reached Winnanowie with NR116 doing all the hard work to get there.

The resulting pictures of the train not long after its initial problems are highlighted in this selection of shots the first one showing it entering the Nectar Brook dips, the further shots are of the train as it was crawling up the incline before the 'remains' of Nectar Brook near to where it stopped to shut NR101 down a few minutes later.

The large volumes of black smoke reminiscent of steam days and of oil burning steam locos - except this was modern traction in the form of Pacific National's NR101.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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NR116 NR101 drifting downgrade
into Nectar Brook dips.......

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The train is struggling to reach the summit
of the climb out of The Nectar Brook Dips


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failure of NR101 Nectar Brook
MY PERSONAL FAVOURITE of the series,

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NR101 failure Nectar Brook train now stopped
and shortly before shut down of loco


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Winninowie crossing of NR116 with NR101 now 'dead' pulls onto the mainline at Winninowie
where it does a cross with EL57 and ALF22....even has an old Bluebird crew car.



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Karoonda Graining Training
4th March 2010.

The original planning phase had suggested another trip out north for the usual ‘Movements’ expected on a Thursday. However as flexibility is the key to good planning a last minute change saw the focus shifted onto the returning loaded Karoonda grain train. A leisurely start was made with gentlemen’s hours being adhered to. 

(Wayne Morris)


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Balhannah
NR22, XRB561, NR67, DL50, on AM3

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Warla Bank
NR22, XRB561, NR67, DL50, on AM3


The first pictures of the day taken at 0955am at Balhannah of NR22, XRB561, NR67 and DL50 trundling through on Train No: AM3. 

A further picture taken of the same train climbing Warla Bank near Callington at 1033am to be precise.



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Row Road Bridge now closed Murray Bridge
NR55, NR103, on PM5

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Karoonda 
2210, 703, on 5K12 grain.


An executive decision was made between the two of us to capture 5PM5 from the little bridge over the track on Row Road, near Murray Bridge. The road over the bridge has been closed and contractors were working on removing the guard rails adjacent to the bridge. The bridge is expected to be removed in the near future once the necessary permissions are obtained. At 1137am NR55 and NR103 are photographed passing under the bridge on Train No  PM5.

A short drive to Karoonda followed to see 2210 and 703 loading there. Train No: 5K12  departs at about 2.30pm and is photographed at pre selected locations along the way heading for Tailem Bend. 


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Wynarka
 2210, 703, on 5K12 grain

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About 7km from Tailem Bend
 locos 2210, 703, on 5K12 grain


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Tailem Bend
2210, 703, on 5K12 grain Xing

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Tailem Bend
 Overland passing NR103, NR39, on MA8


On arrival in Tailem Bend yard Train No: 5K12 passes Train No: PM7 with a couple of grubs up front, itself sidelined for a cross with The Overland Train No: MA8. 


A short wait sees The Overland pass by with two locos NR103 NR39 and a small consist, similar in size to the Melbourne-Warrnambool passenger service trains.



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Tailem Bend
GM42, GM43, GM47, 2210, 703, on 5K12 grain

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Tailem Bend
GM42, GM43, GM47, 2210, 703, on 5K12 grain


The Karoonda grain train with the added three GM class locos is seen as it pulls onto the main line with all five locos working well, now as GM42, GM43, GM47, 2210, and 703 for the run back over the Adelaide Hills. 


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Climb to 68k post Callington
GM42, GM43, GM47, 2210, 703, on 5K12 grain

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Callington 68K post
GM42, GM43, GM47, 2210, 703, on 5K12 grain


A short drive along the Freeway takes us to Callington to watch the same train as it climbs uphill near the 68KM post with the locos working well, a passing shot shows the Kanmantoo mine spoil heap in the background. 

A further picture taken at Nairne adjacent to the long closed rail station.



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Callington
GM42, GM43, GM47, 2210, 703, on 5K12 grain

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Nairne
GM42, GM43, GM47, 2210, 703, on 5K12 grain


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Yantaringa
GM42, GM43, GM47, 2210, 703, on 5K12 grain


The final pictures for the day are taken from Beaumont Road bridge at Yantaringa (Verdun).


Another memorable training trip is recorded. 
Long live the Living Museum of locomotives of GWA.




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Short Training Run
18th March 2010

Had heard there would be two grain trains going south, one in the morning (5R81 to Tailem Bend) and the other in the afternoon (5L51 to Pinaroo).
With big intentions I set off to photograph the first of the grain trains, ambling along to a relatively new spot nearer to Sleeps Hill Tunnel. Photographing the train as it passes by at 10:57 am to be precise, with locos CLP8 CLP17 CLP14 CLF6. Due to the hot weather any further ideas for training were shelved as I retreated back home. 

The afternoons grain train Train No 5L51 - locos 703 GM47 705 2207 2212 was photographed near Lynton RWS and followed to Belair RWS where it crossed the returning mornings Tailem Bend grain train now Train No 5R82 - CLF6 CLP14 CLP17 CLP8.
A railcar is waiting access into the stabling area at Belair as the two trains cross.

 

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CLP8, CLP17, CLP14, CLF6 on train No. 5R81

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703, GM47, 705, 2207, 2212, on train No. 5L51 to Pinaroo


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703, GM47, 705, 2222 train No. 5L51 through Belair.


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703, GM47, 705, 2222 train No 5L51 crossing
CLF6, CLP14, CLP17, CLP8, on train No 5R82 Belair

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703, GM47, 705, 2207, 2212, on train No. 5L51 to Pinaroo
crossing CLF6, CLP17, CLP14, CLP8, at Belair



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Training Trip
20th March 2010

Managed a couple of shots of this 'graining training' to Tailem Bend this morning from Grange Road Mitcham. Had done the recce run to five other locations along this section of line and opted for this spot this morning, capturing Train No. R81 to Tailem Bend with locos: CLP17, CLP14, CLP8 and CLF6 up front and railcar standing at Mitcham RWS.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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Mitcham. CLP17, CLP14, CLP8, CLF6, Train Number: R81 to Tailem Bend


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Mitcham. 3137 railcar to Belair



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Northern Training Trip
21st March 2010

I left my car in Mallala and joined forces with the wise one himself in the pursuit of coverage of Train No 6DA2. The initial plan sees us heading north for Nantawarra, with no train in sight we continue on passing through Snowtown, Redhill, Crystal Brook, and end up just out of Port Pirie to wait for the arrival of the train. Within 10-15 minutes the train has passed and we are off again following it southbound, further pictures are taken at Rocky River, then as it heads of across country towards Redhill. 
The last pictures are taken from the car as we parallel the train nearing Snowtown.

(Wayne Morris)

 

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Unusual clouds at Port Pirie

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Train DA2 nearing Port Pirie EL63, VL3, ALF2, FQ04.


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Train No DA2 nearing Port Pirie
 EL, VL, ALF, FQ.
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Train No DA2 nearing Snowtown
EL, VL, ALF, FQ.


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Train No DA2 between Rocky River and Redhill
  EL63, VL, ALF, FQ.

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Train No DA2 with  EL63, VL, ALF, FQ.


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Train No DA2 nearing Snowtown in setting sun EL, VL, ALF, FQ.



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Another Northern Training Trip
28th March 2010

The day started out gloomy with good cloud coverage, as we made our way north conditions deteriorated into showers. 

(Wayne Morris)



Crystal Brook. NR91, NR97, train 6PS7
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Snowtown. GM47
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Yongala  NR91, NR97, train 6PS7
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Picking up train number 6PS7 at Bungama, (east of Port Pirie) this was followed and photographed along the way at Crystal Brook, Gladstone, Yongala and Peterborough.  At Snowtown silos (grain handling facility, in short) loco GM47 was seen loading its train the other two locos numbers were not obtained.
Into Peterborough we discover the two trains we had been looking forward to photographing would be on the menu today. The ore train from Broken Hill had been cancelled and the ballast train with one of the green GM's was positioned closer to Broken Hill than we were prepared to travel.. NR26 and NR16 on the Indian Pacific are photographed sidelined at Peterborough waiting for 6PS7, the train we had been following to cross it there. 

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Peterborough. 
NR26, NR16 on Indian Pacific.

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Peterborough NR91, NR97, train 6PS7


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Decisions of the highest order are made as we press on north regardless, stopping at the ruins of Ucolta, memories of steam on the narrow gauge are experienced as the water storage tank is photographed. A car approaches on a dirt track elderly occupant (straight out of the film Wolf Creek) gives me a half beware/warning. "Don't hang around here too long the old lady up there doesn't like people down here, she might come down here with her shotgun." The old fellow is only bluffing isn't he?, however as this fits in with our schedule we leave in a cloud of dust.


Near Yunta.
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Near Dowd's Hill.
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Nearing Yunta I see the headlight of a train waiting in the siding, with not much time to spare I do a quick U turn and head to a pre selected location about 8 kilometres 'outta town' - NR14 and NR72 is pictured there on T/N 6SP5.  This train is followed and last photographed as it runs along an embankment about 2 kilometre from the infamous Tin Tunnel of Peterborough near Dowds Hill. 



The tunnel project appears to have been abandoned or placed in the too hard basket, the compounds and workers appear to have long gone elsewhere to seek work on some other easier project, the temporary detour road is becoming more permanent these days, the advance roadwork signs shows a commencement date of 2007....ending in "To be announced one day".


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NA AT-6 Harvard ex-RNZAF, known in Australia as a Wirraway.
Heading slowly for home, sees a stop at Jamestown for more 'Memories for Johnno of Johnny's Pages' from his old stomping ground from the 1960's.  Jamestown airstrip airfield reveals a damaged small yellow plane with a bent prop, and collapsed landing gear on one side sitting forlornly on an embankment on the side of the runway at this immaculately maintained airstrip. (Well done Jamestown)...!


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Another stop is made at Caltowie as my observer sees a green stick in the yard, I stop the car, within one minute train No 1YN2 is into the yard and hurries through with NR9 and NR101 up front on the steel train.



The weather closes in, the skies open up as we make for home, believing the Caltowie pics would be the last ones for the day, within five kilometres of Snowtown the rain eases then stops, blue sky shows itself over in the western sky... The Train God has at last been kind to {me} as my co-pilot, the one casting wisdom as a stepping stone still struggles with his failed imaging device!!!


2207 with wind turbines in background
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CLF6 tail loader
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I am now able to get the shots of my first grain train 1V71 being loaded at the GHF (Grain Handling Facility of Snowtown) out of town on the remains of the Wallaroo line. CLF6 is idling on one end with 2207 on the other doing the work hauling the hoppers through the loader.
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2207 top loading



That concludes another trip up north for Training purposes, a distance of 950 kilometers were travelled.  
Train action was a little disappointing with mainly NR class locos making up the majority of the days shots




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Short Training Trip
26th April 2010

Was a half hearted attempt at a potential training day out and about. 
2AD3 (Ballast empties) shortly after getting away from Dry Creek North yard approaching Parafield Gardens (railcar station) with CLF5+crew car+GM47+crew car and hoppers.. The next train away 1471S empty grain hoppers for Snowtown heading through Direk with CLP17 and CLP8 (some birds included). Had considered following the train north, but decided against a long drive today, turned and headed for home.

(Wayne Morris)



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CLP17 and CLP8 on 1471S heading Snowtown via Direk

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CLF5 and GM47 on 2AD3_Parafield Gdns


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Looking from Parafield Gardens, zoomed, showing Mawson Lakes Interchange, 
then Greenfields TinCan Station, the CLF 5 smoking up and as usual many birds.



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Another Short Training Trip
8th May 2010

The day turned lousy once I decided I would go back through Callington looking for the train...... wrong move..... I headed off in no particular hurry going through Callington and onto the back Callington Rd, on cresting a hill I saw the train rolling downhill near the 68K post...... a quick u-turn and headed to an emergency location at Callington where I was able to take images of the train passing by a few minutes later.

(Wayne Morris)



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Callington. Became impatient waiting here.



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Callington main road Xing CLP17, GM43, 703, 2207 CLP8 before hitting Warla Bank travelling well downhill readying for the climb up Warla which is going to slow this train to a crawl by the time it crests the bank...


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Callington TB grain CLP17, GM43, 703, 2207, CLP8

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Callington old siding loop.



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Training Trip Tailem Bend /
Geranium
17th May 2010

Today's little offering of the grain train to Geranium on the Pinaroo line.  Checking  revealed that CLF1, CLP9, CLP8, and CLP14 are heading the train out to Tailem Bend this morning with 40 hoppers in tow..... (22 went to Geranium).
Leaving home at 0345 heading for the Freeway, receive info at 0405 that the Geranium (T/No 1351) grain is at Tailem Bend already having arrived at 0400...further info reveals that the train is to sit there until about 0630... This is the only reason I did not do a U-turn and go home......

(Wayne Morris)



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Arriving in Tailem Bend around 5:35am to a clear starlit sky reveals
that it is very cold outside the car, even in thermal underwear.
 At 06:15 am picture taken of the Tailem Bend Railway Station.


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Train No: 1351. CLP8, CLP14, Tailem Bend. 17-05-2010.
Meanwhile in the TB yard the grain train sits
having detached the hired well weathered locos
CLF1, CLP9, on to the adjacent track...

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Train No: 1351. CLP8, CLP14, to Geranium. 17-05-2010.
7:55am the train moves off and is pictured leaving
the yard then approaching the second road crossing
near where the Karoonda line veers off the main.


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Train No: 1351. Moorlands. CLP8, CLP14. 17-05-2010.
as it approached what remains of MOORLANDS
 in good lighting at 08:39a.m.

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Train No: 1351. Jabuk. CLP8, CLP14. 17-05-2010
Then a long wait for it to arrive at JABUK
where the old yard crane and remains of
the PIVOT fertilizer buildings at 10:04am.


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Train No: 1351. Geranium. CLP8, CLP14. 
17-05-2010. at 10:27 am

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Train No: 1351. Geranium. CLP8, CLP14.
17-05-2010. Then headed home.



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SCT Adelaide Rail Yard is located in the northern suburbs of Adelaide, situated between Grand Junction Road (northern end) to Regency Road (southern End) it borders along the public transport rail system “TransAdelaide” on the eastern side and Pacific National’s Regency Park Terminal on the west, it has the odd situation of the “Common user” which divides SCT’s Rail terminal, so Pacific National can gain access to and shunt their terminal. 

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Adelaide SCT rail Depot from the Southern End
 looking back thru the Rail Gates 2009.

 

The Yard has a Shed Rd (6 wagons) where all unloading/loading goes on.
There 3 roads in the yard for storage.
No 1 Road holds 15 Wagons.
No 2 Road holds 12 wagons.
No 3 Road holds 10 wagons (Timber and Containers are loaded there)
The Spur: holds 9 wagons used for shunting the yard.
1 Arrival/Departure road holds 87 wagons for PM9 or MP9 train.
If strings of more than 6 wagons have to be shunted permission to use the "Common user" is obtained from Pacific National


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Shunt loco. Regency Park "T345" T class loco.

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Loco H2  is believe started life in
Western Australian Railways down south hauling Timber



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Saturday 29th May 2010

Despite lousy weather did a short tour around Port Adelaide and Dry Creek.

(Wayne Morris)



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2210 Port Flat grain handling silos. 29-05-2010.

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MPC Dry Creek 705, SCT002, 703. 29-05-2010.


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703, 29-05-2010
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705, 29-05-2010
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SCT002, 29-05-2010


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FQ03, VL353, VL354, Dry Creek South. 29-05-2010.

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FQ03, VL353, VL354, Dry Creek South. 29-05-2010.


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CLP13, LDP007, LDP008. Dry Creek South. 29-05-2010.

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CLP13, LDP007, LDP008 at Direk. 29-05-2010.



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Saturday 22nd May 2010

Today's little outing, with the partial promise of seven locos leading the empty grain train to Tailem Bend. At Shepherds Hill tunnel location and with a relatively short wait before just five orange GWA locos come into view out of the tunnel. 
2210, 2212, 2214, GM42, ALF22 and the empty hoppers in tow..

(Wayne Morris)



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2210 near sleeps hill tunnel 22-05-2010.

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2210 near Ambleside to Balhannah. 22-05-2010.


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2210 Warla bank near Callington. 22-05-2010

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2210 Tailem Bend yard. 22-0-5-2010.



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Islington Workshops South End. 08-06-2010
 GL111, HL203, 533, TL154, TL155, TL+ PPL1873.


Saturday 31st May 2010

Today's short outing was for one specific train only.
The Broad Gauge loaded rail train from Osborne back to Dry Creek featuring
 loco 843 was followed as far as the rail bridge over the Port River at Birkenhead.

(Wayne Morris)



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843  Broad Gauge loaded rail train.
Osborne. 31-05-2010.

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843  Broad Gauge loaded rail train. 
Birkenhead. 31-05-2010.


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843  Broad Gauge  loaded rail train. 
Birkenhead. 31-05-2010.
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843  Broad Gauge loaded rail train. 
Birkenhead. 31-05-2010.


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843  Broad Gauge loaded rail train going
 over Birkenhead bridge. 31-05-2010.

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843  Broad Gauge loaded rail train going
 over Birkenhead bridge. 31-05-2010.



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Saturday 19th June 2010.

Train No: 1281 with 12 empty hoppers to Tailem Bend. (Late again).
Locos: GM45, GM37, GM47, CLP16, 2214, 2210.
Almost more locos than hoppers.

(Wayne Morris)



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Train No: 1281. Lynton uphill approaching Lynton RWS.
GM45, GM37, GM47, CLP16, 2214, 2210. 19-06-2010.

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Train No: 1281. at 67K Balyarta.
GM45, GM37, GM47, CLP16, 2214, 2210. 19-06-2010.


Arrived at Callington yard and could see the locos had been detached from the train
and were attaching to an ARTC louvre van there. 

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Train No: 1281. Warla Bank, Callington.
GM45, GM37, GM47, CLP16, 2214, 2210. 19-06-2010.

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Train no: 1281. Warla Bank. Callington, with ARTC wagon.
GM45, GM37, GM47, CLP16, 2214, 2210. 19-06-2010.

The two 22's worked 7KA2 sleeper train back from Tailem Bend to Outer Harbour.


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