NSW rail locations

 
  Ajsophios101 Beginner

Hello All,

I will be working in Tumut NSW for the next 6 weeks, I dont know the area all that well and would like to go exploring on Sundays [days off] to chase trains and get photos as Ive never been down this way. Where can I go that isn't too far from Tumut, say a few hours drive, and are there any rail museums around this area? Also on my way home to Queensland I plan on going via the Hunter Valley, any locations there would be appreciated as well.

Thanks,
Anthony.

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  apw5910 Assistant Commissioner

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Hello All,

I will be working in Tumut NSW for the next 6 weeks, I dont know the area all that well and would like to go exploring on Sundays [days off] to chase trains and get photos as Ive never been down this way. Where can I go that isn't too far from Tumut, say a few hours drive, and are there any rail museums around this area? Also on my way home to Queensland I plan on going via the Hunter Valley, any locations there would be appreciated as well.

Thanks,
Anthony.
Ajsophios101
The museums at Junee and Goulburn roundhouses, Yass Town and Cooma are easily doable within your time constraints. Canberra would be too, if only it were open. Gundagai also has a small offering (no trains anymore) at the old station and the old timber bridge is photogenic.

Not sure if the steel train runs Sunday, but seeing it racing through Cootamundra with a good load is grand. And you could try around Stockinbingal. Pity that Railpage tracker thing isn't working anymore.
  theanimal Deputy Commissioner

There is also a small museum at Crookwell
  neillfarmer Junior Train Controller

Park your car near the overbridge at Jindalee and see if something turns up. Take a good book.
  VicRailNews Station Master

Don't forget to grab some pics of the remains of the line in that area and post back for us to look at.
  BrianBS Locomotive Driver

Hello All,.........................................Also on my way home to Queensland I plan on going via the Hunter Valley, any locations there would be appreciated as well.  Thanks,  Anthony.
Ajsophios101

If you're going home to QLD after visiting the Hunter Valley, don't go up the Pacific Highway (too much roadworks), but go up the New England Highway instead. Great Rail Museum at Werris Creek and also a smaller one at TEnterfield - both well worth a look !

Brian
  neillfarmer Junior Train Controller

Yes, don't go pacific Hwy, horrendous. Look on Goggle maps between Taro and Singleton. This stretch has the most traffic. There are a number of hack spots west of Maitland that should be good for a start. Further west the area around Parkville, Ardglen to Werris Creek is nice. Use the signals to see which way the next train is coming. mornings and afternoons best, midday the sun is too harsh. Don't try and chase trains along the highway, too many speed restrictions and radar. You can get ahead when they climb up and down Ardglen and when bankers are attached at Chilcotts Creek.
Take great care near the corridor at level crossings, the coalies may be 80kph but the cotton trains are 115kph and they don't make a lot of noise.
Neill Farmer
  Ajsophios101 Beginner

Thanks for the suggestions, I visited the Junee roundhouse today and found the Bethungra Loop, no trains while i was there but i passed an XPT both ways between the loop and Junee. How often do freight trains run on Sundays, I was thinking of going to check out Albury this sunday.
  Ajsophios101 Beginner

Don't forget to grab some pics of the remains of the line in that area and post back for us to look at.
VicRailNews
I did spot the remains of some track between Tumut and the Particle board mill, I will have to get photos of the old station as well.

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