The whereabouts of the AN class locos

 
  Railnthusiast Chief Commissioner

Location: At the computer
I don't think you really understand greasyrhys, NR did a very necessary job standardising the last interstate line to SG.
No one really cares about TR's, if the deal works out that is good, but they are secondary to progress.

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  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Fair enough, I guess nothing beats efficency when it comes down to railways. But it certainly doesn't mean that the south line is better now than what it was 18+ years ago.
  Alco251_244 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere
The south line is a lot more efficent then it was 18 years ago. Curve speeds are higher, crossing loop lengths increased to allow longer trains getting rid of the need for more frequent but shorter freights. I wonder how many times the Overland on broad gauge done Adelaide to Melbourne in less than 10 hours? Dimboola to Keswick can be done in under 5 on the current Ovarland.
  GT46C-ACe Assistant Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
AN2 is in ACR currently, it had to have arrived overnight/this morning as it wasnt here yesterday.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
The south line is a lot more efficent then it was 18 years ago. Curve speeds are higher, crossing loop lengths increased to allow longer trains getting rid of the need for more frequent but shorter freights. I wonder how many times the Overland on broad gauge done Adelaide to Melbourne in less than 10 hours? Dimboola to Keswick can be done in under 5 on the current Ovarland.
"Alco251_244"


Fair enough. Although wasn't the old route via Ballarat slightly more direct? Though I did read somewhere this route had tough grades (eg Ingliston Bank), compared with the current route.
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
AN2 is on BM2 ATM .
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
The south line is a lot more efficent then it was 18 years ago. Curve speeds are higher, crossing loop lengths increased to allow longer trains getting rid of the need for more frequent but shorter freights. I wonder how many times the Overland on broad gauge done Adelaide to Melbourne in less than 10 hours? Dimboola to Keswick can be done in under 5 on the current Ovarland.
"Alco251_244"


Fair enough. Although wasn't the old route via Ballarat slightly more direct? Though I did read somewhere this route had tough grades (eg Ingliston Bank), compared with the current route.
"greasyrhys"


Yes, the route via Ballarat was about 40km shorter, but with lots of heavy grades between Parwan and Ballarat. It also had to climb to almost 2000ft. The then BG route via Gheringhap and Maroona (since converted to SG) whilst longer, had less curvature, much easier grades, and was a gradual climb all the way to Ararat. It also lacked any passenger trains between Gheringhap and Maroona, whereas the line via Ballarat had many.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
Not only did the evil National Rail kill off any chance of more AN's being built, but they killed off any hopes of steam trains/tours from Adelaide to Victor Harbor with that 'one national project to standardize the Adelaide-Melbourne line in 1995. Until then the Adelaide Hills were well & truly alive with BL's, 700's, 830's, C's, G's, S's & X class locos.

NR simply were an enthusiast's worst nightmare.
"greasyrhys"


Well, NR should apologise for trying to make the rail industry more efficient then! Rolling Eyes
"petey3801"


Bingo - there's nothing wrong with being nostalgic about "the good old days" of belching smoke and many short trains.

However, we all know the rail industry is on the back foot against the trucking industry. The sooner the old clunkers are put out to pasture and modern horsepower takes over the better. Will it make the rail scene less interesting? Hell yes it will. However, it will likely mean more traffic on rail, and more trains to photograph.

I go out all the time looking for the old diesels, but that doesn't mean I ignore the new locos. A 93 Class is still interesting because it's new and shiny. We might go out and photograph less often, and have less to discuss, but that doesn't mean we need to give up on the hobby altogether! We'll always have the memories.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
AN1 as second loco on todays Ghan 1AD8 ex APT
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
AN1 as second loco on todays Ghan 1AD8 ex APT
"Pressman"


I recorded that consist in Virginia, as well as NR27 & DL40 hauling the Adelaide-bound Indian Pacific. Ironically The Ghan had NR74 in the old Ghan livery, whereas NR27 still has the old IP livery, with both AN1 & DL40 in the PN blue & yellow livery.
  sashmo Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane Qld
AN2 has been running around a bit over the past few weeks on the north coast have seen it several times on various trains.

Sashmo
  Railnthusiast Chief Commissioner

Location: At the computer
It was in Adelaide on Saturday afternoon.
This is the Ghan coloured AN right?
It was in company of DL48 (AN), DL39, AN1, NR109 (Ghan), NR32 at the AFT.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
It was in Adelaide on Saturday afternoon.
This is the Ghan coloured AN right?
It was in company of DL48 (AN), DL39, AN1, NR109 (Ghan), NR32 at the AFT.
"Railnthusiast"


The AN in Ghan Livery is AN3 and it headed off for a few weeks stint in the Northern Territory on todays Ghan (1AD8 ) behind NR109
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
It apppears that all the AN class locos are with the R&B division in NSW working trains there. Would've allowed more NR's to come to SA. Sad
  wn514 Chief Commissioner

Location: at a skyhooks concert living in the 70's
Not only did the evil National Rail kill off any chance of more AN's being built, but they killed off any hopes of steam trains/tours from Adelaide to Victor Harbor with that 'one national project to standardize the Adelaide-Melbourne line in 1995. Until then the Adelaide Hills were well & truly alive with BL's, 700's, 830's, C's, G's, S's & X class locos.

NR simply were an enthusiast's worst nightmare.
greasyrhys

I am pretty sure that it was keating led federal government that standardised the line between Adelaide and Melbourne not national rail.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me

Not only did the evil National Rail kill off any chance of more AN's being built, but they killed off any hopes of steam trains/tours from Adelaide to Victor Harbor with that 'one national project to standardize the Adelaide-Melbourne line in 1995. Until then the Adelaide Hills were well & truly alive with BL's, 700's, 830's, C's, G's, S's & X class locos.
NR simply were an enthusiast's worst nightmare.
"greasyrhys"


I am pretty sure that it was keating led federal government that standardised the line between Adelaide and Melbourne not national rail.
"wn514"


To be more accurate AN prepared for the gauge conversion of the line with AN installing gauge convertable concrete sleepers from Murray Bridge to the Border.
They stopped at Murray Bridge because they were investigating a route to bypass the Adelaide Hills line, but the Feds were reluctant to come up with the dollars at the time
(and the Mitcham Council think they came up with the idea for a Hills Bypass!!!!!!)
  MaskedRailfan Train Controller

NR simply were an enthusiast's worst nightmare.
greasyrhys

W. A. Webb probably had railfans of his time feeling the same way!! The NR class and everything that has come since have meant more tonnage can be hauled, for less cost, with fewer crews, and more reliably. Exactly what Webb was trying to achieve.

Closer to topic, I do believe the AN class are undergoing refurbishing at present.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I am pretty sure that it was keating led federal government that standardised the line between Adelaide and Melbourne not national rail.
wn514
Both correct. It was Federal government money.

NRC was the project manager for the Adelaide - Melbourne standardisation.

The One Nation funding also went largely to projects NR wanted to see completed
  Typhon Assistant Commissioner

Location: I'm that freight train tearing through the sky in the clouds.
It apppears that all the AN class locos are with the R&B division in NSW working trains there. Would've allowed more NR's to come to SA. Sad
greasyrhys

More 93s.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
13 days ago, AN3 was on 1WX2, bound for the Port Augusta workshops. It's currently being overhauled, & it's very likely it'll come out wearing the PN stars livery.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
13 days ago, AN3 was on 1WX2, bound for the Port Augusta workshops. It's currently being overhauled, & it's very likely it'll come out wearing the PN stars livery.
"greasyrhys"

Also refer to the Red and Silver Ghan loco thread in the NT forum
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
There are a few AN's running around in the Hunter Valley on wheat trains, AN9 is one of them.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
13 days ago, AN3 was on 1WX2, bound for the Port Augusta workshops. It's currently being overhauled, & it's very likely it'll come out wearing the PN stars livery.
greasyrhys


A little feature some may not be aware of: http://www.railpage.com.au/locos/class/38/AN3/sightings
  wagrttn Locomotive Driver

Hello

I thought it best to ask in this thread as it attracts AN class enthusiasts. AN class are rare or unseen in WA now so I hope someone can help with a simple query.



Can someone please describe the action of the strobe lights? In particular:


  • Do they flash together, alternately or individually?

  • Is it a single or double flash?

  • Approximate flash rate?

  • For how long and/or how many times after the sounding of the horn?

  • Are they still in use?


I have spent a long time sifting through Youtube videos without result because the flashes are mostly not captured as they fall between video frames so any help would be very welcome.



  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
AN6 was attached to PM5 last night at Spencer Junction after attention at PA workshops.

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