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#26 milkman matt

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Posted 28 July 2013 - 17:11

Here are a couple of my efforts from the Steamrail "Snow Train" on Sunday 21/07/13. Running about 2hrs behind schedule due to signal failure.

 

 

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#27 DavidB-AU

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Posted 30 July 2013 - 12:16

Some video of the Southern Highlander.

 

 

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Posted 07 August 2013 - 11:25

Boyd Munro's private train on a tour of the Hunter Valley today.



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#29 DavidB-AU

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 04:50

ARGH! NSWRTM has desecrated 1803!

 

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Actually 1803 has been specially painted like this for National Rail Safety Week to teach kids about rail safety.

 

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Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:37

ARGH! NSWRTM has desecrated 1803!

 

http://www.flickr.co...N05/9500536838/

http://www.flickr.co...N05/9500547878/

 

Actually 1803 has been specially painted like this for National Rail Safety Week to teach kids about rail safety.

 

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To be strictly correct, 1803 has been like this since 2009, when the first 'Day Out With Thomas' events were held.

I know I will be hated for this, but it is nice to see it like this, as it at least means that it is looked after a bit more than the rusty engine 1803 previously was, and it attracts the younger generation towards the RTM.

 

I am actually off to get some shots later this evening, and may also be able to get a shot of it being transfered back down. Good thing it is restricted to 40kp/h.


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Posted 13 August 2013 - 11:05

1803 in the evening at Central, with 44211 and VHO 1816 providing power and support.

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#32 DavidB-AU

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 07:15

Some video of AusSteam'88, the likes of which we will never see again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 14 August 2013 - 11:13

1803 in the evening at Central, with 44211 and VHO 1816 providing power and support.

 

 

Reminds me of the story where James has to haul his train and also push a stranded Toby.  When they get to the station, a group of schoolboys start teasing James saying that he wasn't able to pull the train and had to be helped by Toby!

 

 

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:13

One for the English Electric fans, 1620 hauled the SX set to Caboolture and back to charge the batteries before tomorrow's Ekka shuttles.

 

 

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 12:32

Is 1089 not able to run tomorrow?  Am thinking about going, mainly for the heritage train.  Sad, aren't I!

 

 

 

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Posted 16 August 2013 - 13:50

Thanks, David, for that QR video. The 1620 class weren't common around Brisbane but 1645 was a regular around Corinda, Tennyson and Yeerongpilly (and the Moolabin yard, of course). It was even rarer to find them on passenger work so this Ekka shuttle working will be a treat. :)



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Posted 16 August 2013 - 14:27

Is 1089 not able to run tomorrow?  Am thinking about going, mainly for the heritage train.  Sad, aren't I!


1089 is running the Ekka shuttles. It is common practice to give the SX set a run the day before a public trip to make sure the batteries are charged. This is usually done with 1620.

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#38 DavidB-AU

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 06:13

Interesting comparison of the same loco 10 years apart.

 

R711 last year being relaunched by Steamrail.

 

 

And 10 years earlier with WCR when it had the dual Lempor ejector. Note how much sharper the bark is.

 

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 06:26

Interesting comparison of the same loco 10 years apart.

 

R711 last year being relaunched by Steamrail.

 

 

And 10 years earlier with WCR when it had the dual Lempor ejector. Note how much sharper the bark is.

 

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I do like the 'Super R' class engines-in a way, it's a pity one of them wasn't retained in this condition.

 

A good descriptive link to the modifications undertaken, and some of the reasons why: http://www.martynban...ast/anatomy.htm


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#40 DavidB-AU

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 06:35

Steamrail removed the Lempor and other Wardale-like improvements because they didn't know how to maintain them, despite the 40% increase in power they provided. Silly really since Puffing Billy made similar improvements to one of its (much older) locos and seems to be able to maintain them. Compare the sound of the standard NA with 6A which has a single Lempor. It is quite obvious how much more power 6A has, compared with 8A struggling with a lighter load.

 

 

 

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Posted 17 August 2013 - 07:19

Just played the two at the same strech of track simutaniously-6A most certainly has a more defined 'bark', as well as sounding much more sure footed when climbing. It is also interesting to note the much clearer exhaust compared to 8A.



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Posted 18 August 2013 - 10:33

Something slightly different-today was 3801ltd's 200th Cockatoo Run since the re-launch in 2008, and it did turn up somethng slightly unusual:

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4464 was attached to the front of the run, and was apparently out on a trial run after having some work done. So it gave us the wonderful sight of two locomotives on 3 cars, quite a good ratio indeed!

 

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The train took a short pick-up break at Sutherland, before departing for Thirroul, Woolongong, Unenderra, Robertson and Moss Vale

 

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It then stormed out of the station, giving off a good amount of ALCo trademark clag.


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Posted 23 August 2013 - 22:54

Ekka shuttles from last weekend.

 

 

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Posted 25 August 2013 - 08:47

The Brown Bomber on the annual rail workers reunion special to Grandchester.



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Posted 26 August 2013 - 14:38

Steam shuttles on the Hurstbridge line, Sunday 25/8/2013.

 

 

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Posted 08 September 2013 - 09:55

Another Steam Train Sunday in Brisbane, this time around the Sherwood loop.



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Posted 08 September 2013 - 10:15

Some very nice footage there, David. I barely recognised a couple of the locations, they have changed so much since my day!

Nice bit of wheel slip coming through the 'hole in the wall' too!!  :)



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Posted 09 September 2013 - 10:39

A Boyd Munro private charter to Lavender Bay.

 

 

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 11:38

Having seen the itinarary for this tour, I can tell you he has a very busy week planned with that rake!

 

If anyone is interested, I can add a summary of the schedule here.



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Posted 28 September 2013 - 05:04

Last weekend's Carnival of Flowers steam trains. This is the Saturday trip with the longer train.

 

 

 

I was on the Sunday train which was shorter and supposed to be unassisted all the way. There was some very spirited running until everything came to a grinding halt at Murphy's Creek. The new blend of Clermont coal burns down a lot finer than Blair Athol coal (which QR locos were designed to burn) and contains a higher amount of silica. As a result, a lot of hot cinders were escaping through the spark arrestor screens and setting fires. The hi-rail fire truck managed to deal with most of them, but one particularly bad one near Gatton required calling the local fire brigade. They didn't want to risk 1089 working solo up the range so 1620 was sent light to Murphy's Creek to assist. As a result a couple of Aurizon locos were borrowed to work one of the Spring Bluff shuttles.

 

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