Redhen Test Trips - this Sunday 17 November

 
  Top Cat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Under Hilton Bridge
I've heard that the NRM Redhens, 321/400 will be running three return test trips between Port Adelaide and Adelaide on Sunday 17 November, to check everything and refresher training for the PTS drivers.

First one leaves about 1015hrs, then leaves Adelaide about 1100hrs......etc.
Last one arrives Adelaide about 1310hrs, then departs at about 1330hrs for Bombardier Depot at Dry Creek.

I tried to get on, but no public...just PTS and NRM drivers.

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  poxbox3030 Train Controller

Location: Tom Price
Hope the test trips all go well, I've got my holidays and airfare all booked for my trip to Adelaide specifically for the Redhen Weekend.
  Scooter_Guy Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA. Suburb: Redwood Park
Anyone heading for pics prior to this epic event for the NRM?
  poxbox3030 Train Controller

Location: Tom Price
Anyone heading for pics prior to this epic event for the NRM?
"Scooter_Guy"


I was hoping you would scooter guy, been following your Flickr for ages and expected to see pics from you before anyone else Smile

Your a heck of a photographer.
  Scooter_Guy Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA. Suburb: Redwood Park
I was hoping you would scooter guy, been following your Flickr for ages and expected to see pics from you before anyone else Smile

Your a heck of a photographer.
poxbox3030
I mostly take pics on Thursdays & Fridays.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Good day it was, I got it at Woodville Park, Kilkenny & Dudley Park (when headed to DC railcar depot). The first return trip was to test platform clearances, which went well. The second trip to Adelaide had a brake test between Woodville & Woodville Park.

All I can say is bring on November 30! Very Happy
  62440 Chief Commissioner

Called in to the oldest government railway station buildings in the British Empire.

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Tentative entry to the Metro system. Warm day, hence the heat haze.

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Stepping down to check platform clearance at Alberton. Note the railpagers at the platform end

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At Alberton

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The historic though neglected Alberton station building.

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Passing poxbox3030

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Creeping through Bowden past the historic station building which happily is in use.

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Redhens immaculately turned out
  62440 Chief Commissioner

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Alberton (missing image from above)

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  2001 Moderator The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
I assume the Red Hens will bookend the trailer car on the forthcoming weekend
  fabricator Chief Commissioner

Location: Gawler
I assume the Red Hens will bookend the trailer car on the forthcoming weekend
2001
Nope, the 860 class trailer is out of order, due to multiple problems, electrical issues is one mentioned. It's not worth the trouble to fix apparently.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Wow, takes me back to living in SA in the early/mid 1990's; the look immaculate don't they - much cleaner than I remember them!  I'm guessing they're keeping them operational for when there's a photo shoot with the new 4000's, presumably soon?  Thanks for the photos 62440.
  Milkomeda Chief Train Controller

Seeing a picture of a red hen, 2000, 3000, 4000 class trains all side by side in the one picture would make my mouth water.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
A parallel run (like with Steamranger's trains in late 1993) between Adelaide & the Anzac Hwy bridge would be fantastic.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Throw in a Dolly with three ELCs and I too would foam.

An 800 with 7 ECLs would be almost as good, particularly barking up the bank through Seacliff.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

I don't know what younger readers think.

But I am surprised how little their appearance has aged.

Edited thanks to SAR526.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I don't know what younger readers think.

But I am surprised how little their appearance has not aged.
steam4ian
Good point there steam4ian as streamlining fads come and go and date things, the Red Hens and Bluebirds never seem to be out of place, no matter how old they are. They and the Blueys though were built to last not like a lot of stuff today that is sort of disposable after a set period of time.
  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
What fun it was to sit next to an open doorway in those pre nanny state days as the Red Hen scooted along. I am not aware of any accidents happening due to passengers falling out. Trams also had seats next to open doorways.

I must admit that today's air-conditionig is a very worthwhile trade off, but I can't help being nostalgic for the greater freedom we had when Red Hens and Blue Birds (the best railcars in Australia in their day – and they were air conditioned) reigned on a proud SAR. We then, notwithstanding some ancient dog boxes and clerestory cars, had the best locomotives and the best non-airconditioned rolling stock in the country. So it's not of railcars, but my photo surely shows what I mean.

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  poxbox3030 Train Controller

Location: Tom Price
I don't know what younger readers think.

But I am surprised how little their appearance has aged.

Edited thanks to SAR526.
steam4ian
I don't know how old you are Ian but as someone in their early 30's (Like the jumbos) I still love the look of the Red Hens and would be happy to see them out more often. However being well looked after by the great team at the NRM makes a huge difference to their look as well. If they were still in normal service they would have the grime and dirt build up that goes with it, as they had in original service.

On a side note, looking forward to meeting a few of the Adelaide Railpage regulars who might be out and about with the Redhens. I am flying in direct from work in the Pilbara to Adelaide just for the occasion!
  Scooter_Guy Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA. Suburb: Redwood Park
An 800 with 7 ECLs would be almost as good, particularly barking up the bank through Seacliff.
steam4ian
To celebrate 801's 60th birthday in 2016, we would organize a special tour with the loco hauling some historic BG carriages from Adelaide Railway Station to some stations beyond Gawler Central.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
To celebrate 801's 60th birthday in 2016, we would organize a special tour with the loco hauling some historic BG carriages from Adelaide Railway Station to some stations beyond Gawler Central.
Scooter_Guy
Great idea except for lack of suitable BG passenger cars, Centenary's and even Steel cars might be too wide now to go through platforms on Adelaide Metro. As things like higher platforms and wheelchair ramps have been added to a lot of station platforms not to mention whole new platforms installed in the last few years either. And trucking them from Steamranger to use would only up the price for tickets. The clearances are now set for modern railcars to reduce the gap so that could mean it may never be able to be done.

And by the way that should read we could, not we would. I bolded the part to rephrase!

Also going beyond Gawler would not be possible with an 800 class diesel on the track that is there now, in places it would barely hold up a MIC let alone a 72 ton locomotive and train. That is a lot of weight on the axles of the 800 to start with. That is 18 tons per axle a bit on the heavy side even if you do prune a few trees down and replaced some sleepers etc.
  alcoworldseries Deputy Commissioner

Location: Auburn
Regarding a Red/2000/3000/4000 line up my best advice is watch this space and/or the NRM and PTS websites...................
  fabricator Chief Commissioner

Location: Gawler
....with the loco hauling some historic BG carriages from Adelaide Railway Station to some stations beyond Gawler Central.
Scooter_Guy
What stations beyond Gawler Central ?

Lyndoch - no buildings, tiny goods platform next to track, passenger platform too far from track
Tanunda - station building, platform surface, not sure about the current state of the platform facing.
Nuriootpa - platforms overgrown, no station buildings at all, no paths/crossings for pedestrians
Angaston - no connection to main line

A grand total of on station to choose from, maybe, no need for the plural platforms. The rest are unsafe or totally impractical.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Great photos 62440! They certainly look impressive.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I must apoligize to Scooter Guy I mis read that as past Gawler, but I have to agree with Fabricators post though, there is not much left past Gawler Central in the way of passenger use that is safe to actually use. To use a 800 diesel you also need a usable run around loop as well somewhere. Unless of course the train can be taken to some other place to run round while the passengers get a bit of exercise.
  Scooter_Guy Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, SA. Suburb: Redwood Park
I must apoligize to Scooter Guy I mis read that as past Gawler, but I have to agree with Fabricators post though, there is not much left past Gawler Central in the way of passenger use that is safe to actually use. To use a 800 diesel you also need a usable run around loop as well somewhere. Unless of course the train can be taken to some other place to run round while the passengers get a bit of exercise.
David Peters
800 & some other small/medium diesels can either run cab-first or nose-first at any desired speed, pushing or pulling trains like a tank type steam engine would. See videos of Victoria's Bellarine Railway for example.

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