I am overjoyed. I finally found a scrap of paper amongst my many other scraps of paper which explains a series of photos I have been hanging onto for years - 28 years to be precise.
On Saturday, 11 March 1987, we headed off early to Douglas Park on the main south line - it lies between Campbelltown and Picton. We just pulled up on the side of the freeway, as the line parallels the road for about five kilometres. In those days one could just pull off the freeway for a couple of hours without getting the attention of the authorities.
The special part about these photos is that I didn't for once use a telephoto lens so the photos aren't a series of trains looking like sliced loaves of bread. What we got that morning was just the then usual parade of local, intrastate and interstate services, stretched out against the background.
Anyway, enough prose. Instead of putting a rose-coloured commentary to that morning, I am just going to reproduce the notes I took that day along with the photos (apart from the bracketed comments).
7:15am 44 and five cars up service (No photo of this one - dunno what happened here!)
7:20am G518 up containers (looks like this was the last photo on the reel from the discoloration on the right hand side of the print)
7:25am 8156/G up containers (couldn't resist a close up)
7:47am Double 81s – up Sydney Express (this is worth snaps of each end of the train)
8:16am 4468 up passenger ex Picton (another close up)
8:26am Double 81s and 38 wheaties (another bloody close up)
8:35am Down 7 car DEB set on the Canberra Monaro
8:45am 42201 Down Intercapital Daylight Express (five cars and Spirit dining car)
8:50am 44/4481 up wheaty (worth two shots for the close up of the first 44)
9:35am 42204 Two FGs, BN and MFH on a Goulburn passenger
9:45am 42208 in reverse Indian Red on a five car interurban set
10:25am Up Canberra XPT
And that was it - 12 trains in 3 hours; a typical Saturday morning 28 years ago.
Ciao for now!