ARG early 2007 - video

 
  Bevan Wall Chief Train Controller

This time ten years ago we were all being entertained by ARG as spectacular loco combos continued to storm around the NSW countryside. Here are a few scenes to get the memories flowing.
Enjoy,
BW


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

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  4206 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Dorrigo yard
Thank you for sharing
  Just The Tip Station Master

Location: Danger zone
Awesome sound and always liked the orange and black, especially in the great lighting conditions Bevan has caught them in!
Did ARG have standard loco combinations for their trains? (Failures/repairs aside)
How many trains ran over a standard week at the time?
  Bevan Wall Chief Train Controller

Awesome sound and always liked the orange and black, especially in the great lighting conditions Bevan has caught them in!
Did ARG have standard loco combinations for their trains? (Failures/repairs aside)
How many trains ran over a standard week at the time?
Just The Tip
ARG in NSW had an allotment of Ls, 22's and CLPs, but were often short on motive power. A certain loco deployment officer in charge often used to put together what we called "classic combos" using any leased locos he could get his hands on. There were at least three trains a day running somewhere in NSW in daylight.
BW
  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
They stole all the 422, whats the story on ARG, did they get swallowed up?
  nscaler69 Assistant Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
whats the story on ARG, did they get swallowed up?
Junction box
The ex Western Australian half got sold to QR National, the SA half returned/stayed as G&W.

Read the History section https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Australian_Railroad_Group
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
They stole all the 422, whats the story on ARG, did they get swallowed up?
Junction box
ARG didn't steal anything, during May 2000 they purchased 17 of the 20 strong, 422 class locos from the FreightCorp (NSWGR) who had decommissioned and stored them during 1996 & 1997.


ARG completely rebuilt a 15 of the 422's with the first 4 repainted and released as 2201, 2202,2203 and 2204. These four along with 4 rebuilt L class locos (released as 3101, 3102, 3103 and 3104) were used on the construction of the Alice Springs - Darwin line.

Australian Railroad Group (ARG) was a 50/50 joint venture between Genesee & Wyoming Inc and Australian rural services company Westfarmers and purchased Westrail from the WAGR in 2000. G&W already owned and operated in SA, having purchased the SA part of Australian National in 1997.
ARG operated the WA section as AWR (Australian Western Railroad) and the SA section as ASR (Australian Southern Railroad)
The 8 locos used on the Alice - Darwin construction wore ANR (Australian Northern Railroad) logos.

In June 2006, Westfarmers dissolved the joint venture with the SA section going to G&W and the WA section sold to QR National.

The split resulted in various member of the  22 class going to both QR National and G&WA

ARG also had the CLP/CLF, ALF, GM classes with the CLP/CLF being split between QRN & GWA, QRN ended with one GM (GM30) and one ALF  (ALF25 / ALZ3208 ), the rest going to GWA

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