My first record was a seven inch recording of steam engines ascending Hawkemount, which means that I never had much of a chance.
Hawkemount is located between Dora Creek and Awaba, on the NSWGR's mainline, otherwise known as the Short North. It is a brutal and lengthy grade, the sort of stretch of permanent way that limits loadings on this State's rail infrastructure.
I was too young to camp out at Hawkemount in those final days of steam, though I was lucky enough to be taken there for a few hours one family holiday. My mother and sister must have been the luckiest women in NSW that day. However they were a bit unlucky, as nothing came by during our sojourn.
Enough of these reminiscences, time for some photos. Lets start with a green 3813 in a black and white photo...
Film was also wasted on diesels, thankfully... here's a 44 headed down the hill with a short wheatie.
Now for some colourful steam... here, 6022 trundles a collection of 4 wheelers along the mainline.
The epitome of steam power... 3822 in full flight on an evening Flyer
3820 leads a quiet life these days at Thirlmere. Hopefully one day it can be put back to work like it is seen here.
Now, here is a big photo of a big train... 6001 leads another Garratt to Newcastle.
Synomous with the short north were 59s. Here 5902 leads a Garratt around the bend.
Once 35s had been withdrawn, 36 class locos became more frequent visitors to Hawkemount.
And finally, to the digs which provided comfort and amenity to many - Hotel Hawkemount. Looks inviting!
Ciao for now!