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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Posted 13 August 2013 - 05:37
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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:
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!
The train took a short pick-up break at Sutherland, before departing for Thirroul, Woolongong, Unenderra, Robertson and Moss Vale
It then stormed out of the station, giving off a good amount of ALCo trademark clag.
Edited by 69843, 18 August 2013 - 10:34 .
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.