GM10, S317, S302 & GM27 on train no.1877

 
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

GM10, S317, S302 & GM27 put on a great display hauling SSR train no.1877 from Cooks River to Kelso this afternoon.


Enjoy,


BW



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k34E2mjGGUc

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  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
Why they taking container traffic to Kelso? Was that the Blayney?
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

Why they taking container traffic to Kelso? Was that the Blayney?
Junction box

Those containers are mainly empty. They load timber into them at Kelso. On average the train runs about three times a week. PN are now also running a similar train to Kelso.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Isn't it great to see some substantial local traffic on rail?
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

SSR let their dogs out again today.
Enjoy,
BW


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r9-naoDIwq4
  steve_w_1990 Junior Train Controller

Location: Trying to fix something on the PTA Network
Anyone know how much longer those semaphores at Eskbank are going to last?

Loved the video, well done.
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

Anyone know how much longer those semaphores at Eskbank are going to last?

Loved the video, well done.
steve_w_1990

I'm told that the re-signalling of Lithgow yard will be completed in the first half of next year. As always, we'll just have to wait and see what finally eventuates, but if you don't have photos of that beautiful set of wrong road semaphores at Eskbank I would not wait too long to get them. I understand that a model railway club is currently using one of the buildings in the compound at Eskbank and the gate is often unlocked during the day. As you can just make out in the video, there is a fence running the length of the old platform so even though it would still be classified as being inside the rail corridor, if the gate is opened I don't think there would be too much of an issue if a photographer ducked in and stayed behind the fence to get a photo. There are usually lots of SSR locos parked around the Sydney end of the compound, but even though it might be tempting to wander around taking portrait photos of them I would not advise doing that unless one of the friendly SSR employees who is often there is willing to escort you.
BW
  steve_w_1990 Junior Train Controller

Location: Trying to fix something on the PTA Network
I'm told that the re-signalling of Lithgow yard will be completed in the first half of next year. As always, we'll just have to wait and see what finally eventuates, but if you don't have photos of that beautiful set of wrong road semaphores at Eskbank I would not wait too long to get them. I understand that a model railway club is currently using one of the buildings in the compound at Eskbank and the gate is often unlocked during the day. As you can just make out in the video, there is a fence running the length of the old platform so even though it would still be classified as being inside the rail corridor, if the gate is opened I don't think there would be too much of an issue if a photographer ducked in and stayed behind the fence to get a photo. There are usually lots of SSR locos parked around the Sydney end of the compound, but even though it might be tempting to wander around taking portrait photos of them I would not advise doing that unless one of the friendly SSR employees who is often there is willing to escort you.
BW
Bevan Wall

The last time I was up there was May 2012, I managed to get a ride on the Zig Zag just weeks before it closed. I aslo got a heap of photos of their semaphore setup at Top Points Signal box as well as Bottom Points signal box. After a tip off from railway digest that semaphores were still standing at Eskbank and Lithgow, I made a special trip to Eskbank and got a photo of those semaphores in the video. I honestly can't believe they are still standing. I thought they would have been ripped out years ago. Is there any other ones still standing in the area that are easy to get to without trespassing? I moved to WA about a week after I was up there, and I probably wont get another chance to get back there until I come back in March 2015 for a holiday.

I've been trying to photograph as many remaining semaphore signals as possible, as I think they are all on borrowed time. I got a photo of the Queanbeyan - Bungendore staff ordinary staff and the Bungendore - Tarago electric staff as well as the semaphores and the signal box at Bungendore in 2011, and sure enough the next time I was there, they were all gone. Same goes with Kiama to Bomaderry Electric staff working and the signal box/ semaphores at Berry which have all now gone to history.
  NSWRcars Assistant Commissioner

After a tip off from railway digest that semaphores were still standing at Eskbank and Lithgow, I made a special trip to Eskbank and got a photo of those semaphores in the video. I honestly can't believe they are still standing. I thought they would have been ripped out years ago. Is there any other ones still standing in the area that are easy to get to without trespassing?
steve_w_1990


I think the “bow tie” wrong road stick at Esbank is the last such signal in regular use in NSW. There is another at the down end of Mittagong station but I doubt that one sees much use.

As for other semaphores in the area still in use, one at Newnes Junction (for admitting trains to Clarence Colliery) and three on one post at Mount Vic for entering the stabling yards – they can be photographed from the station or outside the fence.

Elsewhere in the state, semaphores in use at Bomaderry, Mittagong, Peak Hill, Elong Elong, Merrygoen, Dunedoo, SMR East Greta Junction, and a ground signal at Hamilton. Other than the few in preservation, that’s about it. Also possibly now extinct are dwarf semaphores and the once common “arrow” type point indicators.
  steve_w_1990 Junior Train Controller

Location: Trying to fix something on the PTA Network
Cool, next time I'm over there I'll have to try and photograph them before they all disappear. It's only a matter of time.

In WA where I live now, the only working semaphore signals are on the Bennett Brook 2ft Gauge railway. Thats it.

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