Melbourne cup Southern Auroa

 
  73LJWhiteSL Deputy Commissioner

Location: South East Melbourne Surburbs
Interesting, as I have been caught several times at the Station Street crossing while The Overland made multiple stops, unless this is a recent change?
QSB6.7

Not sure, but that was how they did it Monday Afternoon when I caught the Overland home from Adelaide. Maybe it depends on the number of people getting off and if there is checked baggage to unload as well.

Steve

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  L1150 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Pakenham Vic.
Reminds me of a time long ago (probably in the late 1960's or early "70s) when the Southern Auroa ran as a regularly scheduled overnight Sydney -Melbourne service. I was at Spencer Street Station (as it was called then) one morning with some time to kill.  I was on platform 1, and the Southern Auroa had just arrived. After the passengers had disembarked and the van was unloaded, along came a small shunter, probably a W class. I don't think that there were any standard gauge F class locos so it must have been a W. It coupled on to the 14 car Auroa and attempted to move. After much engine revving, lots of black smoke from the exhaust and lots of furious wheel slipping, the train finally started to very slowly move. I watched as the W, still wheel slipping, finally managed to drag its load over the flyover.Laughing
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Reminds me of a time long ago (probably in the late 1960's or early "70s) when the Southern Aurora ran as a regularly scheduled overnight Sydney-Melbourne service. I was at Spencer Street Station (as it was called then) one morning with some time to kill.  I was on platform 1, and the Southern Aurora had just arrived. After the passengers had disembarked and the van was unloaded, along came a small shunter, probably a W class. I don't think that there were any standard gauge F class locos so it must have been a W. It coupled on to the 14 car Aurora and attempted to move. After much engine revving, lots of black smoke from the exhaust and lots of furious wheel slipping, the train finally started to very slowly move. I watched as the W, still wheel slipping, finally managed to drag its load over the flyover.Laughing
L1150
Like an ant dragging a moth or a grasshopper...

PS.. the train was called and spelt the 'Southern Aurora'...I added the extra 'R' to your text in my reply.

Mike.
  Impulse-Rail Station Master

Surprised not to see an update on this

Photos?
Video?
Sightings?
  Loco Administrator Railpage 2 Developer

Location: Melbourne
Hi all,
Heritage Express operated their Melbourne Cup Aurora to Melbourne arriving into Victoria, Monday morning and headed back Tuesday evening to Sydney.

I got a couple of shots of the train Monday afternoon, firstly at Brooklyn then at McIntyre Loop, and on Tuesday in the morning at Wallan, Summerhill Road and Melbourne. Having had the opportunity to visit the train at Dynon yesterday, I was very much impressed with the setup of the train. It is great to compare train operations between how things are done down here in Victoria with that in New South Wales, so plenty of ideas can be shared between the states.

It was great to see cooperation between members of the NSWRTM along with Steamrail's Chairman, Mark and Steamrail's Operations Manager, Les who were rostered on this train throughout the day as the Locomotive Crew (both being qualified drivers).

A couple of my photos -
http://www.flickr.com/photos/lc501/10668477754/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lc501/10668430645/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lc501/10668478886/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lc501/10688205586/

Regards,
Lionel.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
Last Tuesday's 6L66 as it makes it way a little later than scheduled into Bunbury St tunnel, and later through Donnybrook early.



  DounutCereal Chief Train Controller

Location: Who knows.
Here is my, extremely belated, video of the train departing North Shore on the Up run on the 4th.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nw3NSxhSLvk

Cheers all

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