Hopefully this won't be the last blog for 2015, but it may be. I trust all have survived Xmas and Santa has been good.
I was leafing through a few spreadsheets this afternoon and was amazed to see that today is the 45th anniversary of the last steam hauled Newcastle Flyer. The honour that day in 1970 went to 3820 but I only have shots of her classmates. Here to start is a couple of 3813 ascending Hawkemount around 1969 on the Midday Flyer.
3820's immediate sibling, 3821 seemingly standing still but probably rocketing along.
Another one from Hawkemount, this time the evening Flyer with 3822 up front.
The demise of steam haulage of the Flyer was the start of a general deterioration in the service. By the late 1970s non air conditioned rolling stock was a sometimes replacement, like this day when 4618 took the Flyer out of Sydney.
And here is a little cameo of 3820 - I have great hopes of seeing a black 38 ride again.