The Hills are alive

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Found this today



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=88igL9yvU0U

Really interesting and some nice historical power on the trains.

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  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
I Concur.

Was it just me, or were did worst pollutants seemto come from all the Alcos, aside from the occasional EMD 567 (S class).


Wouldn't get away with that nowadays, but a blast from the past for sure.

Thanks for sharing.

Regards
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Wish the rail scene in SA were like that today, plenty of awesome sounding locos back then compared to now.
  neillfarmer Chief Train Controller

What surprised me was how run down everything looked. I also had not realised that some VR T class found their way into AN. Did they return to VR, Vline whatever?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
What surprised me was how run down everything looked. I also had not realised that some VR T class found their way into AN. Did they return to VR, Vline whatever?
neillfarmer

Six were purchased, one of which was used for spares.

Reclassified CK class - CK3-CK5 are still in use with GWA on the narrow gauge at Whyalla. CK1 is on standard gauge at Whyalla, and I think only sees limited use. CK2 eventually ended up on standard gauge with SCT and renumbered back to its original T404. Not sure if it's still in use or not.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
A real credit to all involved in the production of this film which is a great record of operations on the South Line towards the end of 'government' operation and prior to National Rail really taking over.

A few points perhaps worthy of comment:

  • The preponderance of 830 class locos to the detriment of the 930s.
  • The preponderance of Victorian rolling stock - Victoria must have made a $ squillion out of Interchange Charges.
  • The apparent shortage of ballast in many locations (both shoulder and 4-foot).
  • SG and the NRs were coming as was closure of the Mount Gambier line.
  • AN starved the South Line of big power apart from a handful of BLs.
  • Thank goodness for the C class


Once again, congratulations to all involved in producing this top quality film.

(Some triple 900 class would have been nice but that was another era!)
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Lots of varied power on those trains.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
A real credit to all involved in the production of this film which is a great record of operations on the South Line towards the end of 'government' operation and prior to National Rail really taking over.

A few points perhaps worthy of comment:

  • The preponderance of 830 class locos to the detriment of the 930s.
  • The preponderance of Victorian rolling stock - Victoria must have made a $ squillion out of Interchange Charges.
  • The apparent shortage of ballast in many locations (both shoulder and 4-foot).
  • SG and the NRs were coming as was closure of the Mount Gambier line.
  • AN starved the South Line of big power apart from a handful of BLs.
  • Thank goodness for the C class


Once again, congratulations to all involved in producing this top quality film.

(Some triple 900 class would have been nice but that was another era!)
YM-Mundrabilla

How people love to make stuff up.

The reason for more 830s was that by the time most of the video was filmed there were only two 930s left in service.

There were 10 Cs and 10 BLs on broad gauge during this period - sharing the through working, so there was no starving by AN. If I was a videographer I would be pointing my camera at the Cs most of the time rather than the BLs.  

The video is not a definitive summary of the period, just a random selection which to some extent focuses on some of the more interesting lash ups that ran during that period.

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