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I have just returned from a two-week holiday in Australia - my first time south of the equator. It was a great couple of weeks - good weather and fantastic food.


Our trip covered five locations; Melbourne, Alice Springs, Ayres Rock, Cairns and Sydney. Although not a railway trip, I was able to grab a few passing pictures





Diesel units stabled outside of Melbourne Southern Cross Station



There still looks to be a decent amount of loco-hauled stuff around Melbourne - also just outside of Southern Cross station are the loco stabling sidings, mainly containing N Class locos.



Also present was this rather tatty-looking shunter.




A couple of VLocity DMUs



A Metro train travelling between Flinders Street and Southern Cross stations.


Alice Springs:



Not a great deal to report from Alice Springs, apart from a number of Kangaroos (plus joey) near the overland telegraph station museum. The station has a mixture of freight wagons scattered around the vicinity, but no sign of the famed 'Ghan' - picked the wrong day to visit methinks. Of interest was this plinthed loco - a remnant of the old narrow gauge line to Alice.




Whilst at Cairns, we had a day trip to Kuranda...which included a trip on the Kuranda railway; a pretty spectacular journey down the mountainside.



QR 1720 class loco, used on the Kuranda line








A couple of pictures of the Sydney metro...





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Ah, the ubiquitous T-set/Tangara! (in the shots from Sydney)


Some of the unidentified stuff is a NSU Class-NSU 53 ('The Old Ghan Train') and a Y class shunter (number unknown). Those from Vic will be able to help with identity

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I thought that you had gone rather quiet on here. Some great shots. It's certainly changed since I was last there but Kuranda looks much the same. A superb ride.


We did the Ghan from Adelaide to Alice Springs done years ago and found it very underwhelming both I scenery and very basic service for seated passengers.


Ought to go back and visit relatives in Melbourne soon.


So can we expect an Australian N scale layout in addition to the Japanese one?

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