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  Delec Enfield Loco memories from the 1970s and 80s  

PICTURES
(Pics by Neil Lyall)


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A line of locos at the entrance to number 1 road. Here a fitter would check the log books, check how far out the brake pistons were, and would make a decision whether it should go into the shed for new brakeshoes, or other minor repairs, or whether it was ready for service which meant parked in the paddock, or to the Departure Road.  44223, 4833, 48, 48, 44 all lined up, and a 48 in the shed. Number 1 road inside the shed was probably full, and as soon as the locos on it were ready the fitters would tell the Chargeman, who would get the Shed crew to move them, and bring more in. A 422 parked over the Spray pit, to the right. Number 2 road had space for 4 mainline locos, and locos parked in this road were in for much longer, not just quick or minor repairs or adjustments

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Then 42104 in Enfield yard. This looks to have another 421 behind it, and is on a Mayne Nickless Express, which went to Dynon in Vic. The sidings for this were between Enfield Yard and Delec. Another Delec job was what was called the "Low Level Shunter" which was a 73 class allocated to make up these Mayne Nickless Expresses. The overhead gantry had METS written on it. I never knew if that was the make/model of the gantry or meant something else.







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4206 & 4306 in the paddock. Between them can be seen the roof of a building. One end was the canteen / mealroom, the other end was lockers and showers for staff. Also can be seen are two old red railway carriages. Some Trainee Engineman basic courses were conducted in these, they were "carriage classrooms". I was glad I wasn't trained in one of these - cramped and no A/C, heaters or fans. I was told by firemen who had been trained in them they were very hot in summer. Off to the right sit a 422, 44, 422. The shed is to the right, just out of view. The sign on room is to the left but cant be seen, in line with the mealroom/ablutions block.

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Picture is in 'the paddock' in Delec, roughly opposite the fuelman's /shed drivers humpy, going by the patch of green grass. Photo taken facing south. One and two roads into the shed on the left hand side, three road had the spray pit shed in front, the far right of the shed was the '46 class side". Further to the right of the shed begins the expanse that was Enfield Yard.






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Picture is in 'the paddock' in Delec, roughly opposite the fuelman's /shed drivers humpy, going by the patch of green grass. Photo taken facing south. One and two roads into the shed on the left hand side, three road had the spray pit shed in front, the far right of the shed was the '46 class side". Further to the right of the shed begins the expanse that was Enfield Yard. 

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A line of locos in the paddock, waiting their call to the Departure Road. In order can be seen a 422, 442, 421, 48, 44, 48, 48. When the paddock was full, which was not often, but did occur over Easter & Christmas, 40-60 locos would be on hand, sometimes more. I can recall seeing as many as thirty to forty 48 class on hand in Delec one Easter. Above them can be seen the storage silos for a flour mill. 


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4514 waiting its turn to go into Number 1 road in the shed for a quick check by the fitters. A long haired young fireman can be seen skulking past it, probably going for an unauthorised break in the meal room, hoping Benny doesn't spot him. To the left can be seen the shed over the Spray Pits 
In the very background, above & behind the 44 is a grey blurred image. I don't remember if that was Fielder's flour mill, or the Railway Married & Single Men's Quarters (Peyton Place), not be confused with the Barracks  which were in the opposite direction.



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The first is an X200 outside the shed on 4 or 5 road (I think). To the right of the loco is an old brick toilet block. There used to be a lot of graffiti written on the toilet doors, in particular against Tom, one of the Head Cleaners. Tom was a grumpy old man , no doubt about it, but he never used to send anyone home with a charge, like Benny did The Head Cleaners building was only perhaps 10 metres to the right of this toilet block. The Cleaners only wrote graffiti in there to annoy Tom because they knew Tom used this block. (There were a number of toilet blocks in Delec). Tom used to go in there with steel wool to remove the graffiti defaming him, which only encouraged some cleaners to write more. 


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Photo taken standing somewhere near the turntable, looking towards the shed. 4201 & 4206 back to back, had just come into Delec and been refueled and sanded by Mongrel Mick or his crew, now outside 1 road to have their log books checked by the Fitters, they might go in for a brake adjustment, then to the Departure Road for its next job, or to the Paddock if not required right away. I fired on both these locos on different dates in 1977 

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Traction motor from in pit.
Steam clean.




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7301 fresh out of workshops by the look, picture taken somewhere near Delec turntable. Obscured 442 behind it.



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Paddock full of 48s in Delec. Its a poor quality picture, but its one of the few I have left. The towers behind them were to the rear of the fuel humpy, being part of the Sanding apparatus, to refill the sandboxes on the locos. Part of the Delec turntable can be seen in the right foreground



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Pretty woeful quality, but a lousy picture is better than no picture at all, it still conveys some information


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Front view of 7301, newly painted. To the left is the building where showers, lockers, and the mealroom were. To the right can be seen the Shed wall, nearest 1 road.




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A lone little steam loco that was still sitting in Enfield Yard in 1976 in very poor condition. It was parked more down the south end of the yard, on the side furthest away from Delec. I had pics of a few different angles of this loco, this is the worst shot I took, but seems to be the only one that has survived. The loco number was 1904 and it disappeared in 1977. Photo taken on the tender looking forward.


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4617 & another 46 class. This is one of the few photos I have taken at the south end of the shed, all other pics so far are at the north end. Here the 46s are seen having just exited the shed, on 8 (?) road.


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4831 and 4846 heading down the short road from Enfield to Delec. To the right can be seen other locos parked in the paddock at Delec. Enfield Yard was at a higher level than Delec. Locos wanting to get from the Yard to Delec stopped at a frame and tooted for a Shunter to get out of his humpy, & operate the frame to set the points to send you down into Delec. The road was short and steep, and when down in Delec you changed ends, held or threw the points at the bottom, then halted the loco(s) at the Fuel Point. From there Mongrel Mick and his mates would look after the fuelling and sanding, then the shed crews would look after it, and the Driver and Fireman who bought the loco in would walk to the Sign On Room. The Fuellers & Shed Crews Humpy can just be seen, with the red roof and cream coloured walls, through the weeds. As Humpy's rated, this was a quality one, unlike the close to "Garden Shed" variety found in Enfield Yard.



Due to the locomotive shortage in the mid 1970s there were some SAR locos 'hired' to make up the numbers. 
I remember seeing 847, 848, and 849 around the place.


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847 with a 46 in Enfield yard,
 just opposite Delec shed.

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848 lined up to go into 1 road of Delec shed, roughly opposite the Spray Pit shed, picture taken from near where the shower, locker room block entrance was. 



There were 2 parallel Departure Roads, one was kept clear as a kind of two way Through Road, so that locos being taken out of 1 road could use it to head north to the Paddock. Locos leaving the Paddock could also use this road to head south down to South Box, (and from South Box to anywhere). This Through Road was also electrified so electrics could use it. The 46 side was on the other side of the shed (7 & 8 roads which were electrified) and 46s almost always departed from over there, not via this Through Road. It was on this through road at about where the 49 is sitting that I got bumped by a 42 class, and consider myself very lucky not to have been badly hurt, or worse. I mentioned this much earlier in my Delec/Enfield memory page. 

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Break Down Crane, in the paddock at Delec. Up the north end of the Paddock was a large Break Down Shed with trucks, cranes and heavy equipment. Many of the Delec fitters and labourers doubled as break down crew (ie for derailments) and from time to time you'd hear over the speaker system "Break Down Crew to the Break Down Shed". Some weeks they were called out more than once, seems more than a few derailments would occur. The red roof of the Fuelmen's and Shed crew's humpy can be seen just above the right hand end of the crane. Enfield yard off to the far right.

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4918 on the Departure Road outside the southern exit of the shed at Delec, next to 1 Road. 49 Class were rare visitors to Delec, they usually worked out west. A 45 class sits partially obscured having departed One Road in the shed. In front of the railing on the ground sits a metal stand with a bag to hold dirty old discarded rags, and a mop bucket for the Trainee Engineman Cleaner allocated to clean Departure Road loco cabs, which was probably me on this occasion the picture was taken.



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4437 in Enfield yard. I'm fairly sure this was on the Up side of the Yard (side closest to Delec) next to or maybe on the Up Through Road.


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Break down crane. This is in the paddock, up past the Fuel Humpy. The Breakdown Shed can be seen behind the crane, and on the far right can just be seen one of the old red safeworking tuition carriages outside the canteen.


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Seeing as I mentioned 44 class, here is a picture of 4418, newly painted, looks like its over the turntable, the back of the canteen/shower block can be seen in the background, paint peeling and looking very shabby. If you had a shower in there, even wearing rubber thongs, you were guaranteed to get a bad case of foot rot, that would take months to cure. In the background can be seen the overhead wiring for the Goods Line that ran down to Delec platform (Delec platform was maybe 50 metres further along) and from there the line ran down to South Box and Campsie on the Bankstown Line.

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4902, over the turntable. Down at the shed is a 421 and 422, to the right is a 48 and 44 mostly obscured.

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422 and a 44 at METS siding in Enfield Yard, with a Mayne Nickless express freight readying for the trip to Melbourne, coming on dusk by the look


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4908, with the breakdown shed in the background,
 and 2 x 422s

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Breakdown crane, near the breakdown shed


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Here is a rare visitor to Delec - 70 class. 

This was the only time I saw one of these in Delec, or anywhere else. 
In this shot, sanding and fuel area to the left, and a Bathurst 44 to the right 

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7007 again, to the left is the Fuelman's humpy, and in the background in Enfield yard can be seen a wiring train, these were often stored in that part of the yard

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7007 again with a 422 to the right


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Enfield yard 48161 + 2 more 48s, and a 73 in
the background (probably the Low Level Shunter)

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Delec, 4914 with a 73 class in the paddock.


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4418 in Delec paddock, a 421 visible to the left rear.

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4908 in Delec paddock, a 48 partly visible to the
left, down the back the fuel and sand area, 
and a Driver or Fuelman's white XA Falcon.




EVELEIGH
(Pics by Neil Lyall)

Here is somewhere every Delec engineman visited from time to time, to pick up or drop off locos. 



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4534 next to Eveleigh shed

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Eveleigh, shed, with a 422 just visible inside.


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X203 in Eveleigh

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In my last post I said I only saw a 70 class once,
 but I was wrong, I just havent looked at these
 old slides closely, here is 7003 in Eveleigh 


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Eveleigh  4203 next to the shed, and either Southern Aurora or Indian Pacific  cars in the foreground.

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I found another Eveleigh picture in my roof  its another bad shot, but here it is anyway - X205




GOSFORD
(Pics by Neil Lyall)

After reading travails and tribulations near Gosford N.S.W. I scratched through my slides for pictures  I took around Gosford when I was still at school, I'm sure none add anything to the story, they are after the steam era ended, these were taken in 1975 I think. Maybe they are a bit nostalgic  for anyone who hasn't been there for years or who has any fondness for the old diesels. I haven't been near Gosford since the 1970s. They are pretty rough, taken with an Instamatic camera.



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LITHGOW
(Pics by Neil Lyall)

Seeing I touched on Lithgow, and anyone who worked at Delec in those days did plenty of trips up that way, here are a few photos of Lithgow Loco Depot.



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44 & 45 heading west out of Lithgow Yard.

A 44 at Lithgow, at the head of a string of wagons. Curiously a string of S trucks is behind the loco, these were supposed to be marshalled at the rear, for freight trains. Maybe the 44 was just shunting a long rake of wagons. This picture taken at the little signalbox (forget its name now) halfway between Lithgow Yard and Lithgow station. Note the wooden building opposite has the stanchions that hold the catenary up, virtually built into the roof and wall. I don't know what that building was 






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46 class, a row of 6 stabled at Lithgow



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4864 at Lithgow. Shunter on the front looks to be wearing jeans and thongs !! Driver in blue boiler suit (this was just before green uniforms were introduced)


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4715 at Lithgow. ASM signalman named Kurt Englehart (another traffic branch member out of uniform) passing something to the Driver, who is also clad in blue boiler suit, just before greens were issued.
The photo with 4715 was taken in 1976, so I can't be 100% certain if that was Kurt in the picture, but he had hair something like that so I guess it is, and given the angle it looks like another picture taken at the little Signalbox not far from Lithgow station (not to be confused with the large Signalbox about 1km further east, which was much closer to Lithgow loco).


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7326 at Lithgow, with 3 people on front, one sitting. Maybe they were shunters, maybe they were T.E. Cleaners going for a ride.


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Lithgow with the last of its breed, 44100, a fresh looking 45, and another 44, heading west. To the right is the small Signalbox where many of the pics I have here were taken from. Funny it looks even smaller than I remembered.


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4912 shunting, this time looking to the west from the little Signal Box, the S truck in the background loaded with beer kegs

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7326 minus hitchhikers



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Around the turntable at Lithgow loco, 44, 45, 47, 48 & 49 class can be seen. I imagine the hose in the foreground was used to top up the water tank on locos.

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Lithgow. Note the Gladstone bag on the platform opposite the 4490. This was the type of bag most old drivers had in those days. I'd take a guess this was the Central West Express


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4492 and another 44 just outside Lithgow powering through hauling the Indian Pacific.




OTHER  PLACES
(Pics by Neil Lyall)



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4603 & another 46 on the Indian Pacific, looks like the locos have recently been waxed and polished, or maybe they had the "shortcut shine" of rags dipped in diesoline rubbed over them to give a shiny appearance. 
I can remember T.E. cleaners doing this in the shed at Delec when there wasn't time (or energy left) to finish a wax and polish job before going home time
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Strathfield, but can't be sure. 42108 leading a 422, 4629 and two doubledeckers.


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Working down the mountains.


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4629 with a wheatie at Lapstone, the old orange handlamp can be seen in the front window.


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42210 at Central, probably having hauled Number 2 or Number 4 South (Southern Aurora or Spirit of Progress)



 

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