According to my incomplete and inaccurate memory, 32 years ago this week ‘through running' of Southern Aurora and the Spirit of Progress commenced, with X54 and 42219 doing the honours northward on the first trip... 7 June 1982 to be precise. Can't miss this milestone without a little commemoration.
Through running simply meant that each system's locomotives weren't swapped at Albury, but worked the entire journey on these two named trains. For just over four years until these trains were 'amalgamated' in August 1986, Sydneysiders like myself could find exotic blue Victorian locos at Central. Of course, most of the times I bothered to get to platform 1 in time to see either train, there were only ever brown boxes on the front end.
Anyway, one day in 1982 just after through running started, I did capture 44225 and X51 coming off Southern Aurora.
A little while later X46 arrived on the up Spirit of Progress.
Ciao for now!