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PETERBOROUGH  TRIP  MAY  2005
PART 1

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PETERBOROUGH  c 1910
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Peterborough Railway Yard circa 1910.  Looking West.



PETERBOROUGH  2005

Peterborough in its heyday had around 700 employees, now only 1 person with a road car fitted with special rail wheels to run the rail length for any faults.

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Loco workshops and round house at Western end of Peterborough. Track seen on left is the main standard gauge line to Port Pirie.

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Loco Roundhouse now Steamtown Historical Society. To left is the main Standard Gauge line. 
To right Steamtown's narrow gauge.

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Western crossing looking east at station yard. 
Left of chain fence:  Steamtown narrow gauge track. Right: Standard gauge track
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The Standard Gauge platform.



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Steamtown's platform. (not used these days) 
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Train Control for old  Peterborough Division


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Peterborough
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Station Platform with station behind it.

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Looking East from Steamtown's narrow gauge platform
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Old Goods shed


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Cab of a "y" class steam engine on display

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Wheels and rods of "Y" class on display

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Plaque at Eastern crossing in my view should read:
The towns people held a sad ceremony here for the total trashing of the railways at Peterborough
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Eastern crossing looking West



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Peterborough 09-07-2010
(Barry Simmons)
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Peterborough 09-07-2010
(Barry Simmons)

 


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Peterborough station


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Eastern end of Peterborough station



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Peterborough signal cabin with station behind

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Looking west along main line platform


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The totally deserted Peterborough station just rotting.

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Eastern end of platform with subway to station



Out the eastern end of station was the broad - standard bogie exchange and marshalling yards.

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Looking South
The old broad/standard gauge bogie exchange. The broad gauge loading from Adelaide came in from the other side.
This side was Standard Gauge.
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Looking North 
The old broad/standard gauge bogie exchange. The standard gauge marshalling yard was other side of the bogie exchange. This side was broad gauge.

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To the left was all marshalling standard gauge yard to that shed seen in distance. The Bogie exchange was to the far left behind those trees
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Looking down main line to Peterborough station.



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This item was in Steamtowns holding yard. 
No idea what the carriage was.

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This is an original ore wagon. Note it still has the hook couplings which were used till about 1954, then all converted to automatic couplings.


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Peterborough 85 foot triple gauge Turntable.
3 gauges:  5'.3", 4.8", 3'.6".

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Looking off turntable of old loco sheds.
 2 gauges on this track 5'.3" and 3'.6"



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Now a quick trip out to the old Dowd's Hill tunnel just north of Peterborough

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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
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Further over past tunnel is the main Peterborough - Broken Hill highway. Typical land around the area.


If your a Peterborough Narrow Gauge steam buff.
Listen very carefully, you can just hear the ghostly roar of a mighty Garratt coming from Ucolta.

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NORTHERN tunnel entrance
coming from Broken Hill.  

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SOUTHERN tunnel entrance
coming from Peterborough


Here is your rare chance to hear the Bayer Garratt going through the Dowd's Hill tunnel
TURN  YOUR  SOUND  UP  HIGH,  higher the better.
THESE  WONDERFUL  STEAMERS  WERE  VERY  OUT  SPOKEN  ENGINES

The 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.

For 56k modem users the sound file is 2.1 meg.
  


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Southern Entrance
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Southern Entrance

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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.

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Southern entrance tunnel on the Peterborough side.





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Southern Entrance looking South towards Peterborough
Hard to believe the ore trains roared through here.

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S.A.R Peterborough Guard, Danny van den Ende taking a run through Jamestown on 274, December 1968
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I met Danny at Peterborough on 4th May 2005  and yes, he's still smiling at 70 years old.

A 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 laughs about old narrow gauge days for about 3 hours. He was always smiling and he still does. Note the two pictures. 

Special Garratt picture
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Garratt 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 couplers. 



     NARROW  GAUGE  STEAM   FILM   FOOTAGE     
(Thanks William 409)
A nice short piece of old NG steam footage from 1969.
Opening 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:  "
Right Click", then "Save Target As..."
File size  3.2 megs
Quality is not overly the best, but this is far way better than nothing at all.
YES,  THE  GOOD  OL  DAYS.


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