About 15 years ago when the Olympics were on in Sydney the railway authorities required freight operators to add horsepower to their trains in order to enable the trains to be moved even if one of the locos failed en route. This was the start of the exotic influx for me - locos from Victoria, South Australia and eventually WA all ended up in Sydney. It hasn't really stopped since.
It took this following photograph, or at least the bus ride home from Rozelle after taking it at dusk on a gloomy December evening in 2000, to get me thinking (more of that in a minute). So here is the photograph - L251 in ATN Access livery, 845 in its AN livery, B74 in the hue worn by all locos of the Victorian Railways, B80 in Murraylander (hinting at a Union Pacific heritage) and then L270 also in ATN Access maroon and gold.
One train, five locos,three classes, and not a NSWGR loco among them, with Sydney's Centrepoint Tower in the background.
Around the same time a series of emails in the Ausloco Yahoo group ran through the locos and the liveries they wore. I think, from memory Chris Walters who had penned many of the names of the liveries. So I set myself a task - to keep a score of the liveries I saw and the locos wearing them.
I restricted recording my sightings to public railway standard gauge operations within a day's drive of Sydney - Bomaderry, Wagga Wagga, Parkes/Dubbo, Werris Creek and Coffs Habour. I have been pretty careful about the definition of ‘a sighting’. Usually it meant seeing- more recently I have mellowed to include photographs or videos by mates. I deliberately excluded heritage steam locomotives and rail tractors, as well as private rail systems such as those operating at Bluescope at Port Kembla or in mines.
Even so, after 15 years I have tallied 114 liveries worn by 66 different classes of loco - for a total of 256 combinations.
Anyway, for those still reading - here's my list of the 114 liveries and a total of the loco classes which have worn them.
|Enough of this, I have a 15 year old spreadsheet to tend to!|
Ciao for now,