Clyde Engineering centenary - July 1998

 
  Bevan Wall Assistant Commissioner

Around this time twenty years ago the excitement of rail fans in NSW increased dramatically as details surfaced of an event that, back then, was unprecedented, but which is common place today – the incursion into NSW of a range of “foreign” locomotives on the one train, the highlight being GM1. The reason for this was to bring locomotives to Central station for a ceremony to mark the centenary of Clyde Engineering.
The locomotives would be on display in platform 1 over the last weekend in July, and in the days preceding and after the event Clyde built locos from a range of states were transferred to Sydney on National Rail services. Car loads of photographers, descended on the Southern Highlands to capture what at the time we thought would be truly one-off, historic workings. Little did we realise that twenty years later the impact of the privitisation of railroad operations would make such sights common place.
Unfortunately the weather was appalling for most of the time. Video is much more forgiving in those circumstances, but hopefully some people were lucky enough to capture some still images they could share with us.
Enjoy,
BW



https://youtu.be/FwrcCqkStes

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  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
What a pity they couldn't find an L that didn't look as if it was in need of a paint job! All the other locos looked so smart, especially AN1.

I can't believe 3 people (so far) have disliked this video!
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
The L class looks OK to me (all the way from WA) (?) but the absence of any representation from Victoria (perhaps the most prolific Clyde system) has not gone unnoticed.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
20 years on and people still find things to whinge about Razz
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I can't believe 3 people (so far) have disliked this video!
"Graham4405"
Eh? I can see three "Likes" and nothing else.
  michaelgm Assistant Commissioner

I can't believe 3 people (so far) have disliked this video!
Eh? I can see three "Likes" and nothing else.
Valvegear
+1
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I can't believe 3 people (so far) have disliked this video!
Eh? I can see three "Likes" and nothing else.
Valvegear
On Youtube, NOT Railpage, I should have said! Currently 35 likes 3 dislikes.
  M636C Minister for Railways

The first issue of Motive Power magazine was issued at the display....

I wrote a number of articles for Motive Power, but I was seen as too closely connected with Railway Digest and was kept out of the main content discussions. Eventually I gave up.

I pointed out (after some years of writing for MP) that I had written a large number of non-competing articles for RD, the series on suburban electric cars and diesel railcars, which shouldn't affect MP's audience....

The internal politics of Clyde showed when they brought GM 1 from South Australia but they ignored GM 3 at their own plant in Kelso, largely because it was named after a member of the previous management team.

Peter
  Valvegear The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The internal politics of Clyde showed when they brought GM 1 from South Australia but they ignored GM 3 at their own plant in Kelso, largely because it was named after a member of the previous management team.
M636C"
Don't talk to me about the internal politics. Clyde Industries, the parent company was a disgrace. It could, and should, have been the industrial giant of Australia, but adopted a totally different policy. In the 60's and 70's, it bought small, profitable companies, asset stripped them, and sent them to the bottom of the harbour, throwing thousands of people out of work. Among these companies were Riley Dodds, Westeels, Sylon, Mechanical Handling, F N Bethune, Jaques Bros, Hydreco, Master Industrial and Martin and King. This is just the Victorian list, and there may be others that I have overlooked. Yes; I was one of Clyde's victims, but fortunately found another job quickly. I'm afraid that, whilst I admire Clyde Engineering's locos, I have no time for Clyde Industries. The head honcho, one Raymond E Purves, was knighted for, inter alia, "services to industry". Somebody had to be joking.

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