Sunday, March 29, 2015

A few from the coast

Time for a few photos taken up the north coast on one of the oldies' Alco chasing holidays - or at least I suspect that is why Nambucca Heads was on my parents' #1 holiday destination until the Alcos were withdrawn.

I'll start with a little Alco leading a big one...

Next up, 4495 is leading an Alco haze. Would love to have been there to listen to that train rumble through.

Next up is two shots of the same train, being led by 44212.

Nothing says 'north coast' to me more that a 442 and a 45.  In this case 44232 and 4523 says it. And its a 'going away' shot, which suggests someone may have been slow to get the camera out of the bag?

 I'll finish up with a shot of (I think) 4451 bringing the North Coast Mail into Coffs Harbour.

Ciao for now!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Cumnock: Then and Now

This quick post is just to upload a few shots of Cumnock from 1985, 1988 and last year. Trains were running through Cumnock until 1989 or thereabouts, though the yard appears to have been 'straight-railed' some time prior to then.  I am principally blogging these shots in case it helps Mr Phil C, who has asked a couple of questions about this location on the Aus Model Rail chat group. Hope these help Phil!

These two are from October 1985...

I popped back through there a couple of years later.  This trip was notable for the 'cappuccino' I purchased at a little place on the road through Cumnock.  After handing over my cash the 'barista' boiled the jug, distilled a tea spoon of instant coffee into a Styrofoam cup and then topped it off with a bit of dairy whip. Cosmopolitan, but not undrinkable.

It took me a while to get over that experience - until last year, actually.  I took the rain there.

Ciao for now. Promise to return with still photos of moving trains!