Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Picton - Part III

OK, charming comments like those from Linton never fail to elicit a positive response.  This post is a just a shorty, to take me up to 1994 which was quite a watershed year for  loco power in NSW.  

The following photo comes from at least five years before then (and possibly earlier). I may have posted it previously but its such a great caricature of southern NSW goods workings in the 1970s, with 42102, 4205 and 48148 heading south with an eclectic range of goods wagons.

I have always loved this next shot too - taken in those days when it was okay to swing off the end of an FO carriage. Here 3137 is about to pass 42211 in October 1980. Managed to ruin some guy's photo of the 30 tank too - oops, sorry!

The short south in the early 1980s was 422 territory.  Taken off the road bridge in 1980, the class leader works an up Southern Highlands Express.

And the next shot is from nearly the same location.  It provides a salutary lesson about the lamp posts of Picton, which jump out and move around randomly! I fell victim to one such lamp post in 1983 when trying to photograph 42209 on an up goods.

To avoid the roaming lamp posts, on a Sunday afternoon late in April 1984 I moved over to the western side to photograph an RTM shuttle - only to have triple 80s (including 8043 and 8008) obscure the train.  Thirty odd years later, I am not too sad that I missed the steam train.

Finally, its always god to finish with a gaggle of Alcos... this time it is 4887, 4805, 4807 and 4845 on a Tahmoor Colliery coal train at Picton on 14 June 1992. Wrong road too, so it is about to be stowed.

Ciao for now!

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