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SPECIAL  WORKINGS




Rail movements in the category of ‘Special Workings’ includes predominantly broad gauge trains that worked the transfers of display stock and motive power from the Mile End Railway Museum to the National Rail Museum at the Port Dock, Port Adelaide, SteamRanger tours, Train Tour Promotions which operated using “Red Hen” trailer cars hauled by a range of motive power and along with any other workings that fit this category.


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Train No-1509, 836, Extra Pass Angaston.
Tubemills Station, Islington. 10-Oct-1988.
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Train no: 1509.  955, Nuriootpa Passenger. 
Greenfields. 04-10-1988.


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900 Lady Norrie Port Dock Museum.
Port Adelaide. 02-10-1988.
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Light Engine: 3508. 900 Lady Norrie. 
Mile End Depot. 25-10-1988.


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523 on turntable 943. 
Mile End Depot. 07-10-1988.
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523 on turntable. 
Mile End Depot. 07-10-1988.


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Train No: 7619. 943 haul 523 PDRM.
West Croydon. 08-10-1988.
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Train No: 7619. 943 hauling 523 PDRM
Rosewater. 08-10-1988.


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Train No: 7619. 943 shunt 523 into PDRM.
Rosewater. 08-10-1988.

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F255, and 624.
 Mile End. 30-09-1988.


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Train No: 1619. BL31, 624, F255, MERM Transfer Port Dock.
Mile End Junction. 02-10-1988.
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MERM 752, P117. 
Mile End Depot. 28-10-1988.


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MERM P117, 752. 
Mile End Depot. 28-10-1988.
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Train No: 1619. 810 hauling 752, P117, PDRM.
Kilkenny. 30-10-1988.


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Train No: 1619. 810 haulimg 752, P117, PDRM.
Rosewater. 30-10-1988.
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Train No: 1619. 810 shunting 752, P117, PDRM.
Port Adelaide. 30-10-1988.



“The market for rail enthusiast, special passenger train and “other” workings were, in the main, generally operated by Steamranger (based at Dry Creek), the Port Dock Rail Museum, Train Tour Promotions and to some degree, Australian National (AN). AN had locomotive 961 (now CFCLA 44s1 stored at Islington) repainted blue and yellow, along with a fleet of passenger coaches and became known as ‘The Explorer”.

Steamranger, perhaps the main tour operator based in Adelaide, operated steam and diesel tours; steam predominantly during the winter months together used their diesel locomotives at other times of the year. Steam was either Rx locomotives 207 224; 520 ‘Sir Malcolm Barclay Harvey’ or 621, the ‘Duke of Edinburgh’; diesel locomotives used were 958 or 909 or 907, or both 900 class locomotives. F251 was still undergoing restoration. Tours went to the Barossa Valley, Victor Harbor and other broad gauge locations that were either available or popular at the time



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Train No: 1515. 909, 907. Extra Victor Harbour pass.
ARPT. Keswick. 29_01-1989.
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Train No: 5515. 909 Nuriootpa Pass Tube Mills.
Islington. 12-11-1988.


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Train No: 1515. 909, 907. Extra Victor Harbour pass.
Sleeps Hill. 29-01-1989.
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Train No: 1515. 909, 907. Extra Victor Harbour pass.
Belair. 29-01-1989.


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Train No: 2515. 909 Victor Harbour pass.
Dry Creek. 27-03-1989.
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Train No: 2515. 909. Victor Harbour pass.
Wingfield. 27-03-1989.


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Train No: 5515. 909. B end leading Nuriootpa pass.
Islington. 30-03-1989.
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Train No: 3508. 900, 944, BL32. Light engine.
Mile End. 25-10-1988.



Train Tour Promotions were operated by the late John McAvaney and proved popular tours. Such tours used a variety of available motive power on predominantly the broad gauge lines using a rake of suburban red hen trailer cars. On the 20th of May 1989, TTP operated a tour to Robertstown as Train No 7509 and Train No 7518 on the return to Adelaide using English Electric locomotive 804 and is featured in this selection.



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Train Tour Promotions Brochure (front)
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Train Tour Promotions Brochure (inside)


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Train No: 7509. 804. Robertstown pass. 
Tube Mills Kilburn. 20-05-1989.
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Train No: 7509. 804. Robertstown pass.
Roseworthy. 20-05-1989.


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Train No: 7509. 804. Robertstown pass.
Freeling. 20-05-1989.
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Train No: 7509. 804. Robertstown pass.
Hampden section. 20-05-1989.


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Train No: 7518. 804. Robertstown pass.
Hampden. 20-05-1989.
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Train no: 7518. 804. Robertstown pass.
Eudunda. 20-05-1989.


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Train no: 7509. 804. Robertstown pass.
Kapunda. 20-05-1989.
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Train No: 7518. 804. Robertstown pass.
Near Point Pass. 20-05-1989.


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Train No: 7518. 804. Robertstown pass.
Roberstown. 20-05-1989.
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Train no: 7513. 843 Nuriootpa Pass.
Dudley Park.  12-11-1988.



Also visiting the state in 1989 was locomotive 4472, the legendary ‘Flying Scotsman’. 
This locomotive, apart from travelling throughout Australia, proved popular with fans and the public alike; a real crowd puller on its visit to Adelaide. It operated tours to Bolivar, Two Wells and Pelican Point (Outer Harbour), and performed parallel runs with broad gauge steam locomotives 520 ‘Sir Malcolm Barclay Harvey” and 621 the ‘Duke of Edinburgh’. 
On the 28th of August 1989, with adorning headboard, 4472 returned to Broken Hill, enroute to Sydney. For an English locomotive, the ‘Flying Scotsman’ 4472 was popular, even though it seemed a little out of place with that ‘peep’ whistle, that aside, it was certainly a high stepper, exuded sheer enjoyment to watch and thus would have fulfilled every little boys (and big men’s) dreams, something many observers would never have thought of possible unless travelling abroad.



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Train No: 6197. 4472. Flying Scotsman.
Greenfields. 25-08-1989.
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Train no: 6197. 4472. crossing Train No: 6155. Blue Bird 259.
Broken Hill pass. Greenfields. 25-08-1989.


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Train No: 7101. 4472. pass. & Train No: 7517. 520
North Adelaide Parklands. 26-08-1989.
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Train No: 1197. 4472. Train No: 1655. 621.
Tube Mills. Kilburn. 27-08-1989.


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Train No: 7197. 4472. 
Arrive Bolivar Loop. 26-08-1989.
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Train No: 1197. 4472 Flying Scotsman crossing 
Train No: 7357. 607, GM32, Bolivar Loop. 27-08-1989.


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Train No: 2007. 4472 Flying Scotsman Broken Hill pass.
Bolivar Loop. 28-08-1989.
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Train No: 7244. 604, CL11 crosses Train No: 2007. 4472
Flying Scotsman Broken Hill pass. Bolivar_28-08-1989.


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Train No: 2007. 4472 Flying Scotsman. Broken Hill pass
Two Wells Loop. 28-08-1989.

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Train No: 2007. 4472 Flying Scotsman Broken Hill pass
Crosses Train No: 2196 CB1 Whyalla pass.
Two Wells. 28-18-1989.


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