Railroad Australia TV Show

 
  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
Anybody who has 'Done Time' in any capacity on any Railway, Private, Tourist or Government run will have had more than one 'Bad Hair Day' experience happen on a shift at some time or another and if they were exceedingly poorly blessed, the whole shift was a total disaster !!!

One laughable (now) occasion was when an Automatic (Upper Quadrant) at the entrance to a Tunnel Failed and the Driver decided to apply the Regulations to send his Firemen through and when he didnt return, he went off looking for him and PASSED him, 10 o'clock at night in a pitch dark Tunnel and they neither heard nor saw one another ??
Fortunately it was a quiet night and they only delayed a couple of minor Goods Trains.
After that Train had finally cleared the Tunnel, the failed Signal decided to work normally for the rest of the night which was Par for the course.

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  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Sorry but I am over this show now.
It showed early promise but the plots are now pathetic.
I can't get excited wondering whether the empty train will make it in time to be loaded and sent back to the docks and I don't think anyone else could either.
Back to Hogans Heroes reruns for me where the storylines are far more plausible
Showtime
Just goes to show that there is no "excitement" in our mundane railway operations, so they have to 'invent' some drama for those elusive ratings.
One wonders how it would appear if they said that a train would arrive when the train controller scheduled it (and no sooner!). No speeding, no running those pesky red lights!
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Just goes to show that there is no "excitement" in our mundane railway operations, so they have to 'invent' some drama for those elusive ratings.
One wonders how it would appear if they said that a train would arrive when the train controller scheduled it (and no sooner!). No speeding, no running those pesky red lights!
Pressman
Or the viewers who 'demand' instant gratification and superlatives otherwise they switch channels?

I would have though somewhere between the mundane and these inane vignettes there would have been a happy medium. There is a lot more of interest in the railway landscape in Australia that has not been covered by this show.

But I'm just an old fart.
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

I think some of you are being a bit harsh on the program.  It's meant for general consumption and has some great human stories woven throughout.

As for the portrayal of Melbourne on the show - yes, a city of vandals, faulty signals, congested rail corridors,.... BUT a decent bunch of volunteers who against all odds manage to overcome all that and run a successful mainline steam train tour.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
I'm surprised the producers didn't have a 4WD police vehicle in hot pursuit of Eddie and his mate in the Winnebago when chasing the ore train on what looked like an access road/track just to really spice things up.
  Showtime Chief Train Controller

Someone who is getting the mix of scenary and locomotives right is Colin Tarrant in Colin Tarrants Extreme Railways.
This show is extremely entertaining and Colin has a great sense of humour.
Somehow he manages to inside the cabs, engine rooms and maintanance depots as well.
Had to laugh a few times last night at the state of the Cuban network
And I think last week he said the Russian Railways had over 20,000 locomotives
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Someone who is getting the mix of scenary and locomotives right is Colin Tarrant in Colin Tarrants Extreme Railways.
This show is extremely entertaining and Colin has a great sense of humour.
Somehow he manages to inside the cabs, engine rooms and maintanance depots as well.
Had to laugh a few times last night at the state of the Cuban network
And I think last week he said the Russian Railways had over 20,000 locomotives
"Showtime"

I presume you mean Chris Tarrant?
http://www.channel5.com/show/chris-tarrant-extreme-railway-journeys
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Extreme railway journeys I think aired on SBS and I remember the show when he travelled to the most northern rail terminus in Russia.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Extreme railway journeys I think aired on SBS and I remember the show when he travelled to the most northern rail terminus in Russia.
freightgate
I believe you can find most of his series on youtube also
  Showtime Chief Train Controller

Someone who is getting the mix of scenary and locomotives right is Colin Tarrant in Colin Tarrants Extreme Railways.
This show is extremely entertaining and Colin has a great sense of humour.
Somehow he manages to inside the cabs, engine rooms and maintanance depots as well.
Had to laugh a few times last night at the state of the Cuban network
And I think last week he said the Russian Railways had over 20,000 locomotives

I presume you mean Chris Tarrant?
http://www.channel5.com/show/chris-tarrant-extreme-railway-journeys



michaelgreenhill
Yes, that's him  (my goof, I should have Googled his name before typing)
The series is playing on History Channel at present
  Expost Deputy Commissioner

Only just found this thread. Back on page 2, the discussion revolved around the train parting shown in the first episode. I have had one, a bad one, a few years ago. Ascending a grade in the Blackwater system, driving a 100 wagon loaded coal train, being hauled by 3 x 3800 class electrics, in a 2 - 50, 1 - 50 DP configuration.

Very near the top of the climb, at a speed of about 35 to 38 kph, in full power, the auto coupling failed between wagons 2 and 3. The 2 lead locos and first 2 wagons lurched forward, then in about a second, pretty much stopped dead when the PCS cut in. We would have stopped within a loco length or so. The problem was, 96 wagons and one loco were still coming uphill at around the same speed. The drop in trainline pressure would not have yet been detected by the remote loco, nor would the radio message of the lead PCS, so it was still powering hard.

The wagons didn't derail, but the rear of the second wagon lifted at least half a metre, which I saw in the rear vision mirror. These wagons could not be separated insitu, and were chained together, and were dragged about 10km to a bad order siding.

The result

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  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Who watched last night ?
  Expost Deputy Commissioner

Last night looked like the last episode in this series, given the wrap up at the end.
  GheringhapLoop GEEWONG

Location: Gheringhap Vic 3331
Last night looked like the last episode in this series, given the wrap up at the end.
Expost

B61 was named Bernie Baker in the show which was the last episode.
  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
That was the first time I had seen that Rail Tensioner used although I remember seeing one sitting somewhere and wondered what it was and how they managed to stop the rails from 'Kicking' in the heat or 'Pulling' on a curve in the cold.

I did like the shelter at Nyngan and noticed there were no RED painted levers in the frame, only White, Blue and Black which had that ex disk jockey/Trainee 2nd person doing the 'shake it to see if its free' routine..................Key in one hand and shaking each lever........
He's not the first who couldnt grasp the concept of putting the Key in the correct lock, turning it to unlock it and then reverse the lever to operate another.

I noticed the DJ only held down on the Bell Key once on the Staff Instrument, no code sent, and then spent the next several minutes trying to lift the Peg through the Throat !!!
Obviously it was in automatic but I have had crew trying to get a 'switched in' instrument to release the Staff by repeatedly operating the Bell Key because I couldnt give the release until they stopped holding it.

I thought they were damned lucky to manage to reset the Level crossing as everyone I ever had fail on me needed the Electrician to reset it to work normally.

Would I be wrong in presuming based on other posts about the abolition of both OTS and ES, what we saw last night is now no more ??
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
For those interested in this show who don't have access to pay TV the first 8 episodes of season 1 are now on youtube
The link blow is to episode 1, and a simple search on youtube will find the rest.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zSbI2cAVCfc

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