Heritage Express- Blue Mountains Flyer + Steam Train Sunday at Penrith

 
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
On June 21st sees the Blue Mountain's Flyer, Travelling from Central to Katoomba, as an added bonus 3265 will be added at Valley Heights, for the journey up to Katoomba, There will be the usual Shuttle to MT Victoria and Bell, later in the Afternoon

Also on Sunday out at Penrith, 3642 will be offering Shuttles from Penrith up to Valley Heights, and return, there will be 4 Shuttles in all.

http://www.heritageexpress.com.au/pages/tours-events/2014-06-001-TEOS.htm- Blue Mountains Flyer

http://www.heritageexpress.com.au/pages/tours-events/2014-06-003-SPEV.htm- Steam Train Sunday

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  stephen88 Chief Commissioner

Given 3265 had issues that meant it was not on the shuttles for Great Train weekend as was originally planned, I would not be so sure that it will make it for this trip at this point in time
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
All depends what the Issue with it is I suppose, Is it a fairly major Issue?
  4206 Chief Commissioner

Location: Dorrigo yard
3265 will not take any part this weekend
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

3265 will not take any part this weekend
4206

Not what the STN says. We shall see.
  TheFish Chief Train Controller

Location: Pyongyang
Is there a full working timetable available for these two days?
  4206 Chief Commissioner

Location: Dorrigo yard
Not what the STN says. We shall see.
nswtrains

I can honestly tell you that it is not a happening thing

If you need confirmation then check with Heritage Express
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Not what the STN says. We shall see.
nswtrains

Yes, you're right. Heritage Express, the people running the train have no idea what's going on. It's in the STN, therefore it will happen. 100% certainty. I'm sure that there's no possible way a fault with the loco could prevent it running if it's written in the STN, which is typically written a month or so before it's needed.
  SMR 30 Station Staff

the STN are not always right. the TAA for that trip had 3265 going to Valley Heights but an amendment came out and 3265 time for valley Heights was removed.

i spoken to a friend that works with the RTM and PHM and said 3265 isn't going up the mountain.
  yanco608 Locomotive Fireman

I was at railworks today 3265 was out the back of the round house cold while 3642 was in full steam ready for its run into eveleigh
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
I was at railworks today 3265 was out the back of the round house cold while 3642 was in full steam ready for its run into eveleigh
yanco608
That's impossible! As we've ascertained, it says on the STN that 3265 will be part of the tour, so this must be some kind of hoax!

Wink
  Indefatigable Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Was close to time today through Glenbrook going up the mountain. 3642, 4490 and a 45 (4520?) on point. I'm keen to see it coming back down, does anyone know if it's running to time?
  SJB Deputy Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Great weather and the all but complete roadworks made for a good days photography.

Only a couple of images to share from this jaunt.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122537078@N08/14454329826/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122537078@N08/14472942885/in/photostream/
  zordmaker Train Controller

Location: NSW
Great weather and the all but complete roadworks made for a good days photography.

Only a couple of images to share from this jaunt.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122537078@N08/14454329826/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/122537078@N08/14472942885/in/photostream/
Archer



Went on the Penrith trip with the family today. Absolutely packed, not a single seat empty. 10 car train + 2 diesels and the steamer and water gin. Waaay too long for the platform at Valley heights - what a shame.

Good day had by all, except for moderate overcrowding and confusion on Penrith platforms.

ZM
  yanco608 Locomotive Fireman

We did the Katoomba to bell on Saturday and Penrith to valley heights Sunday, 2 Great Runs with trains full of people enjoying the day out,
The Katoomba trip fitted in well with the festival parade, great job by HE

Also visited Valley heights loco on Sunday, well done to all the crew up there a great little museum, Love the steam Tram
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
I Personally am glad to hear about all these Full Trains, It gives Heritage Express more incentive, if you like, to run Tours, and Shuttle Trips from place to place, + also, it does show that people will travel for the Steam Experience, Keep it up Heritage Express Smile

Kind Regards
  BM3801 Lobster

Location: Go Hard or Go Home!
Followed the train from the run up the mountains on Saturday right up to arriving back at the RTM on Sunday, a great weekend had by all! Here are a few shots I got over the 2 days!

Passing Glenbrook S bend on the saturday main trip
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/14463898876/

A cross of old and new- 3642 crosses SSR's CEY's at Clarence
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/14485762382/

3642 blasting up the grade out of Blaxland on a rainy sunday morning
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/14507211813/

Final trip of the day, the shadows of the photographers on the wall
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/14507133683/

Shattering the night silence at the Maldon Mill returning to the RTM
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/14485762324/

A scene from the past- 3642 arriving at the RTM
https://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/14485759594/
  SJB Deputy Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
I have since added some additional images to my gallery, they can be found here >>>> http://sjbphotography.smugmug.com/Railways/The-Adventures/NotQuiteSoEpic-Adventures/Winter-Magic-Blue-Mountians/
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

Given 3265 had issues that meant it was not on the shuttles for Great Train weekend as was originally planned, I would not be so sure that it will make it for this trip at this point in time
stephen88

Actually 3265 has no issues other than a stuffed $35,000 train radio due to the loco being left out in the rain. There is an issue involving the hiring fees PHM now want to charge.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Actually 3265 has no issues other than a stuffed $35,000 train radio due to the loco being left out in the rain. There is an issue involving the hiring fees PHM now want to charge.
nswtrains

The STN said it would be on the train? I assume they showed it to the radio to try and convince it to work?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Actually 3265 has no issues other than a stuffed $35,000 train radio due to the loco being left out in the rain.
nswtrains

You are joking, surely? A locomotive that can't go out in the rain - that is really a new innovation. What's next; not allowed out in the dark?
  Groover Train Controller

Location: A long way from home
The STN said it would be on the train? I assume they showed it to the radio to try and convince it to work?
Raichase

It's been a naughty engine and is bricked up in Redbank Tunnel like Henry was on Sodor.  Disobeying an STN is a serious offence on Sodor and even more so in NSW.  It's a lesson to other engines that STN's are to be obeyed or they will be punished as well.  I suspect when 3265 said it wouldn't run they took its radio off it so it couldn't get anymore rebellious ideas from "shock jocks".  Got to nip these things in the bud.  Next thing we know 3801 will spit the dummy and say it wants another cosmetic surgery holiday in Germany before running in NSW.
  coalciff Station Master

3265 radio is on the back of the tender in a water proof metal box, so why was it left open in the rain?

With money be very tight at the PHM let's see if they can replace it?

So in 1 year "The New Team" have washed 3830's boiler with acid and the stuffed up an expense radio.

Makes you miss the B team.
  SJB Deputy Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
And with that blatantly biased and factless statement you have just outlined the case for all operators taking a dim view of keeping the public updated with works 'behind the scenes'.

When did we become an interest group of naysayers who's primary goal seems to be to treat the activities of operators with contempt.

If you don't like it, join a group and change it.

End Rant.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
And with that blatantly biased and factless statement you have just outlined the case for all operators taking a dim view of keeping the public updated with works 'behind the scenes'.

When did we become an interest group of naysayers who's primary goal seems to be to treat the activities of operators with contempt.
Archer

Well said Archer.

We know that 3265 was out at the time of the Great Train Weekend with radio problems. My understanding from looking at 3642's ICE radio is that the main unit is under the tender, with the "head unit" located under the drivers seat on the locomotive itself. Talking to the maintenance blokes at Junee whilst the loco was being coaled and watered revealed that they were quite proud of the arrangement which found the best way to protect the fragile radio unit from heat and moisture, although we're talking about a 21st Century computerized radio system designed to be used on weather proof locomotives in passenger trains, NOT 100+ year old steam locomotives. It stands to reason that if 3265 uses a similar system then there is potential for mishap, as steam locomotives are not weather proof, nor are they by any stretch a sterile and clean workplace.

Be it by negligence, human error, accident or something else entirely (perhaps the waterproof casing leaked in some way undetectable until it was too late), it is not our position to pass judgement on the hard working people that keep these assets in service for us to enjoy.

It seems disgustingly offensive to (without all of the facts, all we have is one person saying that the radio has been "wrecked") presume guilt on the part of the people who work on the locomotive. Without those people putting in 12-15 hour days, without the initial restoration work and the continued maintenance work, without their care and attention, 3265 would be languishing in a shed somewhere as a collection of metal pieces waiting to fall apart and be sold for scrap.

Given that 3265 and 3830 are owned by the Powerhouse Museum, and are available to the community as operating exhibits is a fact that should be treasured. I'm sure that someone, somewhere at PHM would be happier if they were made into static exhibits for people to look at, and do away with the obvious expense and ongoing maintenance of a live steam fleet.

As Archer says, why should these groups bother to inform the public of goings on when all it does is attract criticism?

Shame.

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