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GLADSTONE  -  WILMINGTON   LINE

 

11th March 1987
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GLADSTONE yard 944, 533, NT76-67, NSU58.
 11th March 1987
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GLADSTONE Yard. 


21st September 1992
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GLADSTONE stripped yard.


10th December 1987
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GLADSTONE.
10th December 1987
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GLADSTONE.


10th December 1987
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GLADSTONE.
10th December 1987
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GLADSTONE.


10th December 1987
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Between WIRRABARA to YANDIAH.
10th December 1987
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Heading to BOOLEROO CENTRE.


10th December 1987
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MELROSE  NT67, NT76.  
10th December 1987
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MELROSE.


10th December 1987
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MELROSE.
10th December 1987
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MELROSE. NT76 & NT67.


10th December 1987
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BOOLEROO CENTRE
10th December 1987
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BOOLEROO CENTRE.


10th December 1987
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BOOLEROO CENTRE.

10th December 1987
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BOOLEROO CENTRE.


10 December 1987
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WIRRABARA. NT67 and NT76.
10 December 1987
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WIRRABARA.


10 December 1987
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WIRRABARA.
10 December 1987
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Return downhill WIRRABARA.


10 December 1987
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Near STONE HUT.
11th March 1987
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LAURA.  NT76 & NT67.


11th March 1987
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LAURA. NT76 and NT67.
11th March 1987
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LAURA. 


23rd  July 1987
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Near LAURA Golf Course.
11th March 1987
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Coming into GLADSTONE from LAURA.


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RAIL  RECOVERY  PETERBOROUGH - BURRA

 

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Engine 965 rail recovery train
to Peterborough - Whyte Yarcowie on 10 July 1989
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965 rail recovery to Peterborough at 207k 10 July 1989


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965 rail recovery train arrives Terowie 10 July 1989
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965 rail recovery Terowie 10thJuly 1989

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965 rail recovery train Terowie, running around train. 
10 Jul 1989
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965 pushing back through Gumbowie with recovery train.
10th July 1989

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Burra to Hallett 835 rail recovery.
 22 September 1992
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Rail recovery 835 Burra - Hallett.
  22 September 1992.

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Rail recovery 835 Burra.
 22 September 1992
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Rail recovery 835 Burra - Hallett.
  22 September 1992.

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835 recovery train near Hallett.
22 September 1992
835 to Burra then out to /3 km from Hallett on the
Rail Recovery trip. Naturally I was unable to procure
the T/O for the working from Burra.

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Burra engine 835 on rail recovery Hallett
22 September 1992
   

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A proof sheet of the pictures I took on one of my outings chasing a rail recovery train out to Hallett - Burra on 22 September 1992. The driver was Farrugia, can't remember his first name now.
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End Of Broad Gauge. 
Sums it all up


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OTHER  RAIL  RELATED  PICTURES

 

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The line to Gillman going. 14-05-1994


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Callington Road crossing with wig wag crossing lights for the road crossing into Callington from Kanmantoo. 
Looking towards Murray Bridge direction. 11-07-2009.

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Callington hill climb with the 105k speed post seen. This  picture was taken about another 100 metres beyond the crossing seen in picture opposite.  <<<


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Near 101k post APPAMURRA line regauging-doing it hard.
11 October 1995.

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Near 101k post APPAMURRA line regauging-doing it hard.
11 October 1995.


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Switchstand Snowtown.
  26-09-1986

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Fred Sullivan at PEEBINGA. 
11 July 1991,

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Road Railer and Fred Sullivan at PEEBINGA.
11 July 1991


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Tony Byne filling up kerosene signal lamp
Torrens side of Adelaide rail yards. 1987.
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Les Beinke and Sam Druszcz.
11 March 1992
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Eddie Pattison and John Bagg.
18 March 1992


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Ray Bolt and Jonesey 931
Balhannah 16-04-1991
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Ray Bolt and Jonesey 931
Balhannah 16-04-1991
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Ray Bolt and Wayne 931
Balhannah 16-04-1991


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Loxton Historical Village. John Fowler with his quad.

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Night shot by the light of a red stop signal.


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Something different a refection taken at MILE END Diesel Depot around 1978....
Loco should be 224 when all four were stored outside in the weather....


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TAILEM BEND. Track recording machine

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MT GAMBIER old yard early morning 1982.


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Murray Bridge tunnel
(Cameron Button)

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Murray Bridge Rail Bridge
(Cameron Button)

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21st century vandalism of old AN Guards Brake van
parked by Paddle steamer. Murray Bridge. 18-09-2010


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ACAY101 Cattle van Broad Gauge relic
Murray Bridge 30-10-2009

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AOWS dropside wagon Broad Gauge relic
Murray Bridge 30-10-2009


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1988 Australian National  MEDIA Closure of 9 silos which
spelt the end of those lines or sections of.

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A Train Notice for 520 working a ARHS train
to Farrell Flat in 1987 - I didn't follow this train though.


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1988 Port Dock Museum Promotional (1)

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1988 Port Dock Museum Promotional (2)


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Plan of ISLINGTON Workshops


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Train Order
Gumbowie 1980
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Train Order
Waikerie 1957
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Train Order
Nuriootpa 1985
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Loco Repair Card was
last run for 901 in 1985


This seen better days.
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KAPUNDA water column. April 2008.

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Snail's view of rail track
Near 67km post near Kanmantoo mines. 18-March-2007.

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Lochiel near Snowtown (bit different pic)


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S.A.R.  Luggage labels.


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Shower Premit ticket (front)

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Shower Premit ticket (rear)


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Date nails 1992 on Paringa line at 323k.

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S.A.R. Sleeper Date nails. 1929 - 1973
1930 and 1931 were never issued.


SLEEPER  NAIL  TRIVIA:  Between 1901 and 1920 sleepers were dated by means of a single auger hole and between 1921 and 1929 by two auger holes were bored in each sleeper. The hole drilling system was apparently not that reliable once past the year 1920 and many sleepers were laid undated between 1923 and June 1928.
The new dating nails were quite simply a short thick plated nail with two numbers on the top to denote the year. Their size varied only slightly from year to year, with the head of the nail varying the most. It took a few years to establish the new system and there were some inconsistencies to start with. Between July 1929 and June 1930 sleepers should have been dated by a `29' nail. Between July 1930 and June 1931 sleepers were unmarked but from July 1931 through to February 1933 a '32' nail should have been used. From March 1933 to early 1931 a '33' nail was used and from then onwards the nails appear to have been supplied to correspond with each calendar year.
In the early 1970s a decision was made to discontinue using sleeper dating nails on the 2nd August 1973. These were the last dating nails purchased by the SAR and quite a few of the 1973 nails were returned to the store and were later sold to a scrap metal merchant. For those collecting dating nails the early years the 1929 in particular and the very last year 1973 are the hardest to find.


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Abstract picture for the day
 at Black Forest tram stop

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Murray Bridge a magnificent old home above the river bridges and what a perfect view too...  This is where this wall plaque above is from. The house is called The Round House. Not quite what the name implies but is a nice place and well maintained grounds.  18-09-2010.


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DERAILMENTS

 

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874 in the dirt upside down
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874 in the dirt upside down


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Incident at Burra
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951 and  BL32  Belair.


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Appamurra.  
21 November 1995.

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Bluebird
Bit worse for wear.

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Opps Fred pushed back too far.


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GM29 on the Ghan damaged in collision with a grader
at Marla.  24-06-1986. Later condemned May 1987.



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DERAILMENT  OF  VCTORIAN  TRAIN  MOUNT  GAMBIER
1st  July  1977

$1,000,000 damage.

Derailment of Victorian train Leaving Mount Gambier 
at State Mill crossing with a loaded road cattle truck

The Fireman had to be pulled out of a huge amount of loose earth that came through the side window as the "T" class locomotive was being pushed along on its side by the loading and one empty cement tanker wagon actually rolled over the driver's top side of engine. Very fortunate not one was seriously hurt. Truck driver and his young daughter escaped injuries. Most of the cattle took the brunt of the engine impact and all were destroyed. 

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Here can see road cattle truck cause of derailment

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Engine laying on fireman's side


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Can see the cement tank where it rolled over engine

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A closer view of underside of engine


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Cement tank has lost its bogies in rollover

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Here's the bogies back here


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Looking West back toward Mt Gambier where train departed.

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Looking East toward direction of Dartmoor


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Looking West back toward Mt Gambier
Note the guard's van that was next to engine.

Note:  Reason for an empty guard's brake just behind engine, was that Victorian jet trains into and out of Mt Gambier had a guard's brake at both ends of the train. This because there was no loop towards Ararat from Mt Gambier at Heywood. 
This setup saved shunting time having to reverse the GB to depart on the rear of train for Ararat. 

Of course these days no Guard's van on any trains anymore. Just the one eyed ETM guard winking at you.     ( The End of Train Marker).


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DERAILMENT  APPAMURRA  LINE  AT  113k post
24 July 1992



A few 'snaps' from a 1992 derailment on the Appamurra line at 113 k post - or 4 km from Appamurra. 
I don't remember the story, but at least 6-7 loaded grain hoppers went in the dirt, literally. 
No ballast on these tracks that was worth talking about...nice and sandy underneath.

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Appamurra line derailment.

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Kym Jones

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Rodney Polkinghorn


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833, 843 at 113K post
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Derailed AHGX90-W
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833, 843 at 113K post


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Derailed AHGX90-W

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Derailed AHGX90-W



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TRAM  &  TRUCK  BINGLE
KING  WILLIAM  STREET

17th June 2009

 

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The truck driver's moment with TV cameras.


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