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NARACOORTE
South East of South Australia
The late 1950's and early 60's S.A.R. memories.

PART - 1

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  Sadly Ralph Beneke passed away 22nd April 2006 

RALPH  BENEKE  PHOTO  COLLECTION
Courtesy Ralph Beneke

Retired engineman Naracoorte
Started S.A.R. service: 1st July 1941
Retired:  2nd March 1987  (almost 46 years)
Depots worked in
Mile End:  1941 - 1942 Cleaner - Fireman
Tailem Bend:  1942 - 1950 Fireman (qualified to drive)
Naracoorte:  1950 - 1987 Engineman

Tracks worked

Worked on all lines South of Adelaide including suburban,
except Sedan and Glencoe
Also worked as Fireman Mount Pleasant line. 


Locomotives driven
Steam:  P, F, Rx, 500, 520, 600, 620, 700/710, 720 (simplex Stoker), 730 (Duplex), 750. 
Diesels:  350, 500, 830, 900, 930.
Railcars:  Bluebirds.
Lines worked qualified to drive.
Wolseley - Mount Gambier
Naracoorte - Kingston


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Ralph Beneke on 750 class

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Engineman: R. Beneke.  Fireman:  T. Willis
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Engineman: R. Beneke.  Guard:  S. Ruddock

 


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Old Naracoorte Station


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Naracoorte yard from Kingston - Mt Gambier end of yard.

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Naracoorte Yard towards Mt Gambier - Kingston.
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New Naracoorte station

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Naracoorte Yard towards Wolseley. Note new station.
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A close-up view showing where old station was


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Naracoorte yard.

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Naracoorte station Staff
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Close-up of station staff.
Names are on the big picture. 
If anyone can fill-in any blank names here, please email me for inclusion in big picture.



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750 class Naracoorte

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Ralph & Wx class engine.


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Naracoorte old loco sheds
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Naracoorte old loco sheds

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Dismantling NG wagons Naracoorte.
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Wx class and crew

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Rx cab
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Rx cab

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900 class cab R. Beneke.
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900 class cab G Hanrahan.

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900 class Naracoorte with Wx engine
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(F'man) J. Burford. (E'men) R. Beneke, & R. Norman.



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This particular photo courtesy: Cliff Olds.
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Fageol 107 with GB Naracoorte in late 40's or early 50's.  

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Naracoorte: Fageol 108 SAR Railcar

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Naracoorte: Fageol 108 SAR Railcar


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Condemned "Y" class
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Condemned "Y" class

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Naracoorte 100 ton crane.

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Naracoorte 100 ton crane.


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Naracoorte burnt out barracks.
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Opps... Not what to do.



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Coaling Wx at Lucindale

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Wx18 taking water Bull Island

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Wx18 taking water Bull Island
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Wx56 Kingston turntable



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Shunting in old KINGSTON Narrow Gauge yard

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Placing wagons old Kingston yard  (jetty end)

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Wagons placed old Kingston yard  (jetty end)


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Jetty end of Kingston NG yard

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Kingston NG station


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Kingston NG station

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Railcar parked weighbridge near goods shed.



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Last Narrow Gauge Train Kingston - Naracoorte
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Naracoorte loco:  Last Narrow Gauge engines work Kingston line 11-3-1959

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Old NG Kingston Yard 11-3-1959
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Old NG Kingston Yard 11-3-1959

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Last NG train ready to leave Kingston
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Crews on both engines. Note outside seat.

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B.G. & N.G. trains crossing at Reedy Creek.



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New KINGSTON Station yard (Gauge conversion 1950's)

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Works for new Kingston Yard
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Works for new Kingston Yard
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New Kingston station being built.
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Bluebird at New Kingston station


A THEN (early 1950's) and NOW pictures (2012)
Below: the only item left of the once Kingston railyard.
5th June 2012.


(Wayne Morris)

5th June 2012  
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On right:  Kingston rws station today.
5th June 2012
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Kingston rws station today.



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