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    I like trains of all sorts but particularly steam from all over the world. Yes this is an English site but there are many steam locos in the world and different ways of doing things. I don't like rivet counters and I don't consider myself as an anorack as we don't have them in Australia

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  1. When Pete Waterman own 4472 he changed it's livery to the proper shade of BR green as he reasoned that the loco had never been in the condition it was in apple green. He got deluged in hate mail and from Vicars of all people. One chap accused him of nicking the real Flying Scotsman and putting an imposter in it's place. The Steam Railway photo was of 4472 on standard gauge track but with the broad gauge track next to it hence the joke of being converted to broad gauge. I can also remember when 4-4-0 City of Truro was repainted BR mixed traffic black on the drivers side of the loco at the Seven Valley Railway and that was done as a joke and some people went completely potty. I'd like to see a 9F in BR blue livery. Not the BR blue livery that 6023 wears but the BR blue of the 1970's complete with yellow buffer beams and large arrows of indecision on the tender.
  2. At Seymour in Victoria there were/are two tracks of different gauges side by side. Steam Railway magazine at the time published a photo of Flying Scotsman with the caption underneath that the Australians had converted her to broad gauge or 5'3". OMG what a storm that created and we Aussies laughed our heads off.
  3. Oh dear someones nose is slightly out of joint isn't it. It's called a race but it isn't. It's just parallel running. The steam locos have to observe all speed limits and signals. In no way is it an "open the regulator and go hell for leather". They're too old and valuable for that.
  4. The video starts in Canberra Australia's national capital which is served by a glorified long single siding leaving the mainline at Goulburn. I don't know of any country in the western world where their capital city's rail is just one single long siding. It just goes to show how road focused Australia is. The Canberra line has four station on it Tarago, Bungendore, Queanbeyan and Canberra. The Captains Flat branch left the Canberra branch at Bundendore. The line to Michelago left the Canberra branch line at Queanbeyan. 4-4-0 1210 was built in 1878 and was at her introduction to traffic an express passenger loco. She was built by Beyer Peacock Builders no. 1767. She was later relegated to country branch line work due to more modern and powerful types of loco taking over express passenger workings. She was withdrawn in January 1962 and placed on a plinth at Canberra Railway Station. In September 1984 she was removed from the plinth and placed in the care of the Australian Railways Historical Society Canberra division who restored her to full working order in time for Australia's Bi Centenary in 1988. She is credited with having worked the very first train into Canberra. Three 12 class locos survive from the original 68 locos. 1210, 1219 and 1243. Only 1210 and 1243 have worked in preservation. 1243 worked on the Captains Flat branch line in 1969 where she was given a huge kerosene headlamp for the railway scenes in the Mick Jagger film "Ned Kelly" which was a flop. Oddly enough the Captains Flat line closed in 1968 having only opened in 1940 and like many other closed branch lines in NSW the rails are still there to this day with the grasses and weeds kept short by grazing livestock. 4-6-0 3016 was also built by Beyer Peacock in 1903 Builders No. 4459. But she was built as a 4-6-4 side tank loco for working commuter trains on the Sydney Metropolitan System. When that system was electrified in the 1920's with the 1,500 volt DC system (which it retains to this day) 3016 she was rebuilt as a 4-6-0 tender engine to replace many older types of locos like 1210 on country branch lines. She was rebuilt in the 1930's, super heated in the 1940's and in 1965 she had more miles behind her than any of her 145 sisters nearly 2 million miles. She was withdrawn in February 1972 and originally retained for the Rotary Club in Parramatta in November 1974 but sold to the ARHS Canberra Division in January 1979. Like 1210 they gave her a thorough overhaul to return her to operational condition in the 1980's. Seen here in non authentic blue livery as only one 30T as the rebuilt 4-6-0's were known only ever carried blue livery and that was 3028 painted locally at Dubbo loco depot. Another of Dubbo's 30T's 3144 was repainted apple green with bright red lining. 30T's in their railway service days were painted all over unlined black Today ARHS Canberra has gone into liquidation and although 1210 remains at their site in Canberra where it's rumoured she will be re-plinthed at Canberra Station, 3016 has been transferred along with the Garratt 6029 to the New South Wales Transport Heritage site at Thirlmere. Seven 30T's have survived into preservation 3001, 3016, 3026, 3028, 3075, 3090 and 3102. Only 3016 has been operational of late with others working in preservation being 3001, 3026 and 3102. 3028 and 3090 have never worked in preservation and neither has 3075 which is on a plinth outside the tourist information center at Parkes central western NSW
  5. Well it would never be possible in the UK when there is no will to make it possible. It seem to me there is however a tender full of excuses as to why it's not possible.
  6. I had a look in the station building Mark but it appears to be completely empty. The general waiting room the biggest single room there has nothing but ladders and scaffolding in it. I didn't know there was a model railway in the station building. If that's where the model railway was it doesn't look to promising does it. There's a sign as you drive towards the station building that reads, "Danger Rail Corridor". How can there be any danger when there are no trains running. Still in this age of selfies people will try to take a photo of themselves in front of a piece of infrastructure whilst walking backwards and they'll go ace over apex as they trip on the rails, point rodding, signal wires etc.
  7. These two heavily graffiti-ed DMU's are former 620/720 sets. I think the front set is 631/731 and it was converted by the railways into a Mechanical Track Patrol Vehicle and numbered ML 070. The set behind is retained as a source of spares. The Cooma Monaro Railway secured ownership of both in 2015. An odd way to number vehicles though with a pair usually being 631/731 and never 631/632.
  8. FP11 is a former railway pay bus. It was used in the days when railway employees were paid in cash before electronic deposits as is done today. This railway pay bus is one of seven of a later improved type. They were ordered from Commonwealth Engineering (Comeng) in 1967 and all seven entered service between April and July 1968. The square body is mounted on a 4 wheel chassis and is powered by an underfloor six cylinder Leyland 0.400 horizontal diesel engine driving one axle via a Voith Diwabus model 501 fully automatic hydraulic/mechanical transmission and reversing gearbox. This was then coupled to the Voith final drive to one of the axles. FP11 has inwards opening doors on both sides and a driving position at each end. The wheelbase is 18' (5.49m) and the body is 30' (9.14m). FP11 is also fitted with air conditioning from new. The ends or fronts were taken from Comeng's standard bus model. All railway pay buses ceased operation in 1986 with this rail pay bus FP11 being the last in service on the run from Clyde to Lithgow loco depot, where I worked at the time. Yes FP11 used to bring me my measly wages that the railway paid. As you can see vandals have smashed windows, head and marker lights and sprayed graffiti tags on the body. It's even worse on the other side. The L 7 emblem on the front was the railways emblem in the diesel era for many years. We railway employees said it stood for Late 7 days a week.
  9. With the end of steam operations the need to refuel diesel multiple unit trains was required. The Canberra-Monaro Express was a 8 car (two four car sets coupled together) and was worked by the then state of the art air conditioned DEB sets or 900 class railcars. The fueling facilities were upgraded in 1955 so that 48 class co-co diesel electric branch line type could be refueled here at Cooma.. The photo is looking south towards Bombala. Although this series of photos is taken at what is a preserved railway it's not operational at the present time. When the locals took over they got a bit over enthusiastic and demolished somethings they weren't allowed to demolish. The railway provided tennis courts were demolished. That coupled with questionable operating practices for they were operating on the line north to a place called Charkola has seen their operating license withdrawn. They were using CPH railmotors. The line on either side of Cooma is in a bad state of total disrepair. South towards Bombala railway lines have been removed and timber sleepers have been taken by farmers to use as fence posts. North towards Michelago the situation is the same with trestle bridges which have collapsed so the line such as it is, is well and truly disused which makes finding a thread on the forum to put it in rather difficult. Weeds growing on the permanent way in Cooma make it disused to me only because the society is forbidden to kill or remove the weeds. There are two items of rolling stock in Cooma yard equally disused and now suffering at the hands of mother nature and vandals. They are shown with their history below.
  10. The former loco men's barracks was built in 1941 to replace the original which was located near the loco shed. It housed 12 men and provided bedrooms, kitchen, dining and bathroom facilities for train crews to sleep between shifts. In 1955 a four bedroom extension was added though this wasn't enough and another two barrack blocks were added during the Snowy Hydro Scheme building years. they were demolished about twenty years later.
  11. The turntable is a manually operated table of 60ft in length built by Sellars and replaced an earlier 50ft turntable on the same site.
  12. The goods shed with the small timber building being the first shed completed with the opening of the line in 1889 but the other building was added later with the expanding business of the line.
  13. The District Locomotive Engineer's (DLE) building was built in 1950 to provide office accommodation for the DLE and toilet facilities for staff servicing locomotives in the loco shed. It was relatively unusual to house the "boss" and his staff in the same building. The building was built as a result of increased business brought about by the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme. These days the building is rented out hence the Hill's hoist washing line (an Australian invention)
  14. The locomotive shed is a two road straight through shed and the building originally had vented gables and a ventilation ridge with timber louvres to allow steam to escape. The little building at the side was for a short time in the 1930's the DLE's office. Originally a part of the shed jutted out where the little building now stands but it was demolished following serious damage by a windstorm in the 1960's.
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