2012 Hunter Valley Steam Fest/operations

 
  Naz Train Controller

Im planning onĀ  making it to the valley this year for the event. Im after shots of the steamers but also want to catch some coal and freight action as well. Is there much coal and frieght down that way on the weekends? What is the busiest day of the week for the hunter, I have heard it is Thursday?

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  poppins122325 Chief Train Controller

Location: Hunter Valley
Hi Naz,

Any day is a good day for coal up here, for freight im not entirely sure best to check the artc mtp im guessing for a fair idea. Which can be found here: http://www.artc.com.au/Content.aspx?p=160

If your after steamers a draft timetable can be found here : http://www.steamfest.com.au/Resources/Documents/Steam-v2.pdf.

Best left to the more experienced to answer your freight question but i hope that helps a little. I will be there myself for the coal and the freight and the steam is a bit of a bonus haha.

Nathan.
  Naz Train Controller

thanks, at least if i go for the fest there will be trains to photograph. Last time i went to the hunter there were track closures Crying or Very sad
  poppins122325 Chief Train Controller

Location: Hunter Valley
nope trackwork has been last week and this week, just hope they got it right :S
  jt393 Assistant Commissioner

Location: los jinetes enmascarados' clubhouse


I'll be attending the Steamfest, besides the train excursions and the RVRM, what about the East Greta Workshops, seeing both the class leader SMR 10 and her sister SMR 18 displayed outside the workshops, last time they did that was in 2007, but the organisers didn't think of that so I probably wouldn't happen.

Additionally, Railfans can travel over to Branxton and see the HVRT or Gunzels, videoing or taking photos of the daily trains in the Hunter Valley.

Who else is going?
  greggles3265 Beetroot

Location: Wonton Palace

I'll be attending the Steamfest, besides the train excursions and the RVRM, what about the East Greta Workshops, seeing both the class leader SMR 10 and her sister SMR 18 displayed outside the workshops, last time they did that was in 2007, but the organisers didn't think of that so I probably wouldn't happen.

Additionally, Railfans can travel over to Branxton and see the HVRT or Gunzels, videoing or taking photos of the daily trains in the Hunter Valley.

Who else is going?
"jt393"


Im am definatley going this year, along with a couple of other gunzels (BM3801 and railsymphony) and are pretty much doing ever trip. I am most keen for the Paterson run and the Stround Road run. Lots of footage and photos to be taken.
  244hseriesalco Chief Train Controller

Hi All,

Happy to confirm that 4001 will be leading 44211 & 4490 on the empty cars movement ex Thirlmere and return. It wont play any part in the Steam fest event but will most likely be stabled in Maitland yard.

No timetable as yet, but departs Thirlmere about an hour after the steam engines on Friday 27th and departs Maitland some time Sunday 29th afternoon after the last trains of the day.

Regards.
  BM3801 Lobster

Location: Go Hard or Go Home!
departs Maitland some time Sunday 29th afternoon after the last trains of the day. Regards.
"244hseriesalco"


I assume the steamers will be heading home on the Sunday as well then?
  hellraiser Chief Train Controller

Location: Newcastle, NSW
Usually the steam trains go home monday morning we filmed them at warnervale and