Ardglen Junior Train Controller

Hi all,

I have just finished watching "The Ghan" on SBS. I thoroughly enjoyed the program and have a newfound respect for the NR class. I was hoping someone could outline the controls of the NR class to me, in particular the 2 handles on the left of the drivers position. In all the cab shots neither of these appear to be used by the driver (except as an arm rest).

I suppose it is a sign of the time that we live in, I am asking this out of genuine curiosity and nothing more sinister Sad.

Thanks in advance.

Regards

Andrew

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  ozibob Assistant Commissioner

Location: Parkes Australia
Train Brake Handle (Top) and locomotive brake handle (Bottom)
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
TBH my inner gunzel would rather they still use GM and CL locos, now that is unlikely
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
TBH my inner gunzel would rather they still use GM and CL locos, now that is unlikely
Dangersdan707
EMD of any sort at least. Smile
  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
Train Brake Handle (Top) and locomotive brake handle (Bottom)
ozibob
Isn't the red handle the engine brake?
Watched a fair bit of it too, needed more commentry
  griz Station Master

Train Brake Handle (Top) and locomotive brake handle (Bottom)
Isn't the red handle the engine brake?
Watched a fair bit of it too, needed more commentry
Junction box
No..
  ANR Junior Train Controller

I would rather see EL or AN class personally ... in AN livery. The doco was compulsory viewing though. A great idea.
  Typhon Assistant Commissioner

Location: I'm that freight train tearing through the sky in the clouds.
In all the cab shots neither of these appear to be used by the driver (except as an arm rest).
You can get away with using these handles quite frequently on the passenger trains, much more so than on a regular freight. In fact doing so is encouraged to keep the train stretched and ensure a smoother ride for the passengers.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
I hear nr’s 18, 84 & 85 are set to be repainted into PN stars. So far 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 86 have IP logos
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
I hear nr’s 18, 84 & 85 are set to be repainted into PN stars. So far 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 & 86 have IP logos
greasyrhys
That rumour has been floating around for over a month now (even longer for 84 and 85); when it first appeared on one of the Facebook groups the foamers were saying things like 'i heard they are on their way to Melbourne for repainting!!!!' Still hasn't happened.

My issue with this is there is never any verification; and when asked the source it is always along the lines of 'my friend knows somebody who works at PN and they told them!!'

So methinks it's foamer excitement; will believe it when I see it.
  GS4 Junior Train Controller

So thats 6 in Indian Pacific colours.  I'm surprised they have not added any to the Ghan colours, and no, I have not heard any rumours.

As far as foamers and rumours go I have known at least 2 QR employees that have openly said they like starting rumours just to see how far they will go. Some of those foamers have probably repeated in good faith what they were told without exaggeration.

Its best to just wait and see ......
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

So thats 6 in Indian Pacific colours.  I'm surprised they have not added any to the Ghan colours, and no, I have not heard any rumours.
GS4
Reduced advertising potential for GSR (Ghan doesn't travel through any city larger than Adelaide) means it won't be worth them paying to have as many in those colours.

As far as foamers and rumours go I have known at least 2 QR employees that have openly said they like starting rumours just to see how far they will go. Some of those foamers have probably repeated in good faith what they were told without exaggeration.

Its best to just wait and see ......
GS4
I heard from a PN manager a few years back that they told a couple of staff different versions of a rumour to flush out who had been breaching the company social media policy.

One of them did put it out there, and was fired as he had been warned a number of times previously.
  M636C Minister for Railways

On Saturday, NR 70 was in Goulburn yard near the station with the centre axle on the lead bogie on a carrying trolley.

I'd assume a traction motor failure as the most likely cause.

They've changed bogies there before...

Peter

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