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SILVERTON  TRAMWAY  COMPANY
Cockburn  -  Broken Hill


THESE   PHOTOS  BY:
Wally  Kennewell


9th June 1968
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Cockburn. STC W22 in loco.
9th June 1968
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Burns NSW W22 STC.
9th June 1968
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STC W22 Cockburn.


9th June 1968
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STC W22 Cockburn.
9th June 1968
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STC W22 Cockburn.


9th June 1968
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STC W22 Cockburn.
9th June 1968
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STC W22 crossing SA -  NSW border.


9th June 1968
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Cockburn - Silverton STC W22. 
9th June 1968
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Cockburn - Silverton STC W22. 


9th June 1968
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Silverton - Broken Hill STC W22.
9th June 1968
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Silverton - Broken Hill STC W22.


9th June 1968
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Silverton STC W22.
9th June 1968
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Silverton STC W22.


9th June 1968
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Silverton STC W22.
9th June 1968
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Silverton STC W22.


9th June 1968
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Silverton STC W22.
8th June 1968.
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STC W22.


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Silverton Station.

The reason the Silverton station is so far from Silverton on the south side, is because of the gradient on the north side of town, it is not a you beaut slope for today's trains, but with the old loco's it was quite a grade. So the farther from the grade the better, (a longer run up).

The Standard Gauge now bypasses Silverton.
(See map above).


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Broken Hill Sulphide Street
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Broken Hill Sulphide Street



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S.A.R.   523 - T199 - Y97
Terowie - Peterborough


THESE   PHOTOS  BY:
Wally  Kennewell

9th June 1968
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Terowie 523 on BG 5'3" left.
Y97, T199 on NG 3'6" right.
9th June 1968
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Terowie 523 on BG 5'3" left.
Y97, and T199 on the NG 3'6" right.


9th June 1968
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Y97 and T199 Terowie - Peterborough.
9th June 1968
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Y97 and T199 Terowie - Peterborough.


9th June 1968
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T199 at Peterborough.


9th June 1968
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Y97 and T199 at Peterborough.
9th June 1968
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Y97 and T199 Peterborough.


9th June 1968
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Double headed T's on the Yongala Viaduct.
9th June 1968
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Double headed T's on the Yongala Viaduct.



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S.A.R.   BAYER GARRATT  409
Cockburn - Peterborough


THESE   PHOTOS  BY:
Wally  Kennewell


From Peterborough to Cockburn

10th June 1968
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Bayer Garratt 409 heading to Cockburn.
10th June 1968
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Bayer Garratt 409  Arrival at Cockburn.



From Cockburn to Peterborough


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Bayer Garratt 409.
10th June 1968
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Bayer Garratt 409.


10th June 1968
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Bayer Garratt 409  Yunta.
10th June 1968
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Bayer Garratt 409  Yunta.


10th June 1968
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Bayer Garratt 409 Yunta - Peterborough.
10th June 1968
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Bayer Garratt 409 Yunta - Peterborough.


10th June 1968
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Bayer Garratt 409 Yunta - Peterborough.
10th June 1968
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Bayer Garratt 409. Yunta - Peterborough.



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NSWGR   Broken Hill  Trip  Loco 3249


THESE   PHOTOS  BY:
Wally  Kennewell

9th June 1968
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4249 Crystal Street station.
9th June 1968
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4249 Mount Gipps and The Gorge.


9th June 1968
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4249 Mount Gipps and The Gorge.
9th June 1968
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4249 Mount Gipps and The Gorge.


9th June 1968
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4249 Darling River Menindee NSW.
9th June 1968
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4249 Menindee. NSW.


9th June 1968
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4249 Menindee. NSW.
9th June 1968
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4249 Menindee. NSW.


9th June 1968
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4249 Interconnecting Channel Menindee Lakes. NSW.
9th June 1968
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4249 Interconnecting Channel Menindee Lakes. NSW.







Return steam trip from Terowie to Broken Hill
and to Menindee June 1968

Movie by: Graeme Reid 
STEAM  TO  BROKEN  HILL  JUNE  1968
60 megs  320x 240

Back in 1968, the Victoria Australia based group, the Association of Railway Enthusiasts, organised a special excursion from Melbourne. The official name for the tour was "Steam to the Silver City". After an overnight journey on the Overland to Adelaide, the group changed to a steam special hauled by 523 which took them to the break of gauge station of Terowie.

After changing from 5ft 3in broad gauge to the 3ft 6in narrow gauge, they departed for Peterborough from where they departed at different times for separate sections of the tour radiating to Port Pirie, Broken Hill and Black Rock. From Terowie, a double headed narrow gauge 3ft 6in gauge set of carriages in the charge of initially a Y97 and a T199 class. This train was waiting at Terowie and it became the groups accommodation for most of the rest of the journey.

The narrow gauge locomotives used on the tour, were a Y class number 97 and a T class from Terowie to Peterborough, and two other members of the T class for the Peterborough to Pt Pirie and return sections. 
The double headed T class locomotives that took the group to Port Pirie and back to Peterborough and were changed for Garratt 409 locomotive which took us to the South Australia / New South Wales border at Cockburn from where Silverton Tramway steam locomotive W22 took over for the run from Burns along the Silverton Tramway line to Broken Hill.

From Broken Hill to Menindee and return was along the NSWGR standard gauge. The locomotive used was a 32 class based there at the time, together with some NSWGR standard gauge cars .

The Silverton Tramway Locomotive W22 took us back to Cockburn and the SAR Garratt 409 was again attached to take the group back to Peterborough where Garratt 409 was changed over for Garratt 406, for a return run to Black Rock and then the run back to Terowie to join our broad gauge train with 523.

In the above YouTube movie there are various shots of all these locomotives and trains at photo stops and other locations. The section from Terowie to Peterborough, after this film was taken, was converted to broad gauge; completed in 1969, which made Peterborough for a while into a three gauge location with a unique three gauge turntable which still exists there as part of the Steamtown Museum. 

Since standardisation of the railways in the area, the railway to Peterborough via Terowie is no longer in use. It was closed in 1988 with tracks having been pulled up between Peterborough and Hallett in 1989 and to Burra later; while on the Adelaide side of Burra, the rails are still in place but badly overgrown (May 2011). Y97 and 523 used on the "Steam to the Silver City " tour, are both now in the National Railway Museum at Port Adelaide. 

Terowie was once the major trans shipment point for all goods and passengers from Adelaide to the north and west from 1881 to 1937 when a standard gauge line was completed to connect Port Augusta and Port Pirie obviously making Port Pirie a three gauge town but which allowed the break of gauge location of Terowie to be by-passed by trains heading west. Trains then ran on broad gauge to the break of gauge station at Port Pirie. This would have cut out one of the break of gauge locations for goods and travellers to the west.

According to a plaque on the now lonely and long disused Terowie railway station island platform, the great strategist of World War II, General MacArthur, changed trains at Terowie on his way from Alice Springs to Adelaide. Apparently, he and his wartime party set out from Darwin on two Australia National Airways DC3 planes. So bad was the experience for Mrs MacArthur and their son, that on arrival at Alice Springs, she refused to go any further by air. That is the reason they passed through Terowie. They arrived at Terowie at 2pm on March 20 1942. General MacArthur was met by reporters from Adelaide and was assured that the words of the speech he made there on the platform, which included the words "I shall return", would reverberate around the world. A special narrow gauge train was provided from Alice Springs and a broad gauge train from Terowie; and the journey is said to have taken some 60 hours. He joined his party that had continued by air from Alice Springs, after arriving in Adelaide.


Special 'MacArthur train' that passed through NT and SA in March 1942
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