Friday, September 26, 2014

Epic fail at Waterfall

Time for a whimsical look at Waterfall, to give those IMRA folk something new to model...

There are many definitions of failure, and I have invented a few myself.  Here are a few at Waterfall.

First up, 3526 disgraced itself at Waterfall en route to Wollongong in the early 1970s.  I was pretty young and impressionable at the time, and was deeply affected by an RTM tour train arriving in Wollongong with a diesel at the front end.  But enough about me, Waterfall yard held the Nanny captive for a few days until it was towed back to Enfield.

Here's an epic fail of another dimension. Taken on the night of fires in the Royal National Park (with tragic loss of life) around 1979, it is less a photo about trains and more a photo about life's struggle in Australia.

Back to the rails.... the prosaic Metro coal scored a newly repainted 48119 at Waterfall in 1993 after the original combination of 4842 and 4839 couldn't do the job.

I think the failure in the following photograph will become evident in the next decade. As the Aussie dollar drops back to usual levels and world oil prices creep up again, we may be well be ruing the decision not to invest more heavily in electric freight traction.

Next one is an epic fail on my part - I actually drove to Waterfall in the early 1980s to photograph a V set on its trial.  Then, for the next 30 years, V sets ran through Waterfall about 50 times a day, every day.

Another loco is down... this time its 2005 and GM42 expired when on ARG's Manildra flour train. So it got a visit to the outer reaches of Waterfall's yard.

And finally an epic fail.  A shunting accident in 1995 left a substantially shortened version of a suburban carriage, so what was left was parked on the turntable, as one does.

So, Waterfall seems to be a harsh place. 


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Rather exhausting...

Here's a little Alco acceleration for you folks at home.

On 24 October 1991 we arrived in a rainy Quirindi to find 3505, 4493 and 3513 ease to a halt. This is what we had driven hundreds of miles for, and now it was raining.

I was sent out to get a photo.The driver flicked the headlight on for (I'd like to think) a better photograph.

And thankfully the Senior Train Hunter hopped out into the rain. Just as well he did, for our obliging driver turned it on, and turned it up! 

Thank you driver!

Monday, September 8, 2014

A pretty sad sight

Today's Brisbane XPT is being led by XP2004...

And is tailed by XP2015...

Both look a little bare without their noses adorned with Countrylink logos. 

5 cars all up, with about 30 passengers on it 15 minutes before departure. Hardly worth bothering.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Lunchtime, 19 January 1991, Kiama

I remember feeling somewhat elated after getting through the job of scanning about 12,000 railway-related slides and prints in about 2001.  Now I am ploughing through hours and hours of video and getting rather bogged down, reminiscing. Should have it all done by 2021!

Enough whinging. Stills are great to study for detail, but one of the good things about video is how it can bring an event in one's dim past back to life.  So it is with the following sequence.  Here is 42212 on the up midday express approaching Kiama.  I took this photo from the road bridge. 

The motley collection of carriages trailing the loco warranted a second shot, so I did.

I also like the way the 2 car diesel is tucked in behind on the turntable road.  Kiama was a compact yard and must have been a shunter's nightmare as it always seemed to be packed.

After the train rolled through I scuttled along to get a take-off shot.  It worked out OK, but is pretty ugly.

And tonight I put two and two together.  Apparently the Senior Train Hunter was on the video camera and managed to get the all-important staff exchange, as well as the take-off.  So I'll leave you with these two sequences.

Yes, that was a real 422 class whistle!