Looking off turntable of old loco sheds.
2 gauges on this track 5'.3" and 3'.6"
click on the small picture to view a much larger picture ...
quick trip out to the old Dowd's Hill tunnel just north of
The old narrow gauge tunnel was just to my right of
this shot. For the standard gauge a huge
cutting was made alongside instead of the tunnel
Further over past tunnel is the main Peterborough -
Broken Hill highway. Typical land around the area.
your a Peterborough Narrow Gauge steam buff.
very carefully, you can just hear the ghostly roar of
a mighty Garratt coming from Ucolta.
NORTHERN tunnel entrance
coming from Broken Hill.
SOUTHERN tunnel entrance
coming from Peterborough
is your rare chance to hear the Bayer Garratt going through the Dowd's
TURN YOUR SOUND UP HIGH,
higher the better.
THESE WONDERFUL STEAMERS WERE
VERY OUT SPOKEN ENGINES
opening sound is a Beyer Garratt coming from
Ucolta approaching the Northern end of the
Dowd's Hill tunnel working at full throttle.
Then the Garratt roars through the tunnel and
you then hear it roar out the Southern end of
the tunnel and after a short time as the
train's loading is over the hill, the
engineman shuts the throttle off and engine
starts to drift, you then hear the clanking of
the rods. I think the Garratt was saying, phew
that was a good slog, now drift down into the
Peterborough yard for a well earned rest.
56k modem users the sound file is 2.1 meg.
The tunnel was not all that long. The grade from
Broken Hill entered tunnel other end with engines
roaring as they came out this southern side the
grade leveled out and it was practically down hill
into Peterborough. The engines would close the
throttle. Quite a roar through the tunnel though.
Southern entrance tunnel on the Peterborough side.
Southern Entrance looking South towards Peterborough
Hard to believe the ore trains roared through here.
Peterborough Guard, Danny van den Ende taking
a run through Jamestown on 274, December 1968
met Danny at Peterborough on 4th May 2005 and
yes, he's still smiling at 70 years old.
stroke of luck for me on this trip. It turned
out that in same street as my wife's Auntie and
Uncle where we stayed, Danny van den Ende
lives just a few houses down the street. It was
great to meet him again after 37 years from the old narrow gauge days of
the 1960's. We had a beer and talked and had some
about old narrow gauge days for about 3 hours. He was always
smiling and he still does. Note the two
409 at Nantabibbie taken by the late George Bishop.
It was probably taken in the mid fifties at a guess, but
certainly before Christmas 1962 as the loco still has hook
NARROW GAUGE STEAM FILM FOOTAGE
A nice short piece of old NG steam footage from
shot Garratt 400 travelling from Yongala toward Peterborough.
T Class on the Hawker line.
Couple other short shots of Garratt action. To View WMV film
footage of Bayer Garratt & T class action.
To download WMV file to hard drive:
Target As..." File
Quality is not overly the best, but this is far way
better than nothing at all.
YES, THE GOOD OL DAYS.