Monday, July 29, 2013

2 car diseasals

IOk, back to a selection of shots from everywhere over the State.  The photograph of a 2 car diesel in Gosford station in my last post on that location sent me scurrying off for more.  And so I reappear, armed with a collection of marginally composed and decomposing compositions of 600, 620 and 660 class diesel rail cars from around NSW, and a memory that we called them dis-easels... Which is a rather sad reflection on the level of wit I endured as a child.

Starting off, its out to Eumungerie on the Coonamble branch, with a service from Dubbo heading north in 1968. The EHO guardsvan on the rear is a notable addition to the service.

Then to Griffith in the mid 1970s to find a squirt in the dock during a January family holiday.

Moving into the 80s, several sets scored yellow noses, such as this one found in Mudgee in December 1980.

Yellow noses were also in vogue in the Illawarra later in the decade, as shown in this photograph at North Wollongong with electrification approaching.

While electrification arrived in Wollongong, services south of there were generally the domain of diesel sets. Here two sets in candy livery ready themselves for the afternoon south.

One such trip south was captured at the beautiful Bombo.

Further south, a service sits at Bomaderry, watched by a candy 48.

Moving away from the Illawarra, it is worth paying tribute to the outer suburban services provided on the Richmond line, amongst others.  I took a run u to the terminus before electrification headed there too. I think this is best train-hating dog I have ever seen...

Further again to the north, diesel sets sought out Art Deco magnificence. Here a set rests at Dungog in the mid 1990s.

And to their final haunt, the Hunter. Here a 660 set pauses at Maitland before dashing back to Newcastle.

And finally, in their last revenue earning livery, two sets snuggle at the buffers in Newcastle.

The ubiquitous nature of the 600s made them worthy of ridicule in my childhood, but now they are gone from revenue service I am rather fond of them. 

Until next time!

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