Hunter Valley Steamfest 2016

 
  meh Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Thanks ValveGear for the response; I know what a water gin is and it's purpose. I'm talking about the cylindrical tank wagon that always follows the Garratt on its longer trips. Again I assume this is full of water for the loco but just want to confirm it.

Great photos there, should be a great weekend Smile

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  3801_95 Junior Train Controller

Was good to be behind 3642 yesterday whilst being pushed by the diesel behind! I honestly don't want to be *that person* and I'm extremely thankful for all those volunteers who put the time and effort into keeping these beasts alive, but I expected a little bit more from the 36.

However, I could be wrong as I'm only speaking from what I heard from both exhausts. Sad to miss out on the whole weekend!
  Mis Kel Station Staff

Bevans. Thanks for all the info yesterday! Helped immensely!



We did the Port Waratah run this morning. Great little run! Loved that they opened her up on the way back to Maitland.

Early start tomorrow for a spot to see the Great Race. Sussed it out today, and it looks promising! *fingers crossed*

Photo's for the weekend will be on my page. Take a look at my other albums on the page.
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1693062477622500.1073741854.1577358202526262&type=1&l=90fdddaae4

Although this did make me sad in the pants today Sad

  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

WOW! What a display Very HappyVery HappyVery HappyVery Happy  - Makes up for not able to see 3016 on the Port Waratah Loop or 3642 going on the shorter loop. (Read couldn't find which track they took the 3642's train on - it didn't go via the level & intersection crossing at Carrington Crying or Very sad )

PS: Anyone know if 621, 721 rail motor went around the Mt Thorley or Saxonvale Loops, or just reversed at Saxonvale Jcn?
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

I decided to set up at Metford for my shot of the Great Train Race, which turned out to be not the place to go if you wanted to record a scene of all four locos lined up close to each other. As they came over the rise from Thornton they seemed to be lined pretty well, but the gallop down the hill really stretched out the positioning. I've already seen some superb images recorded around East Maitland which shows that the four trains had regrouped by the time they reached that location, and I'm looking forward to see what the views were like from some of the bridges further east from Metford.
Here's the video I've put together from the vantage point of the Metford station footbridge.
BW


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QSKl3ZG4gGs
  Mis Kel Station Staff

I decided to set up at Metford for my shot of the Great Train Race, which turned out to be not the place to go if you want to record a scene of all four locos lined up close to each other.
Bevan Wall
I was there too! On the opposite end of the bridge, go there just before 8.30. I was really disapointed about that, you're right they looked great coming over the hill, then 59 charging forward was a real let down Sad
I could not get over the crowd on that bridge!

My son got a great video at Warabrook Station for them starting off. Really kicked myself i wasn' there *chucks self on floor kicking and screaming*

  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
I sincerely hope that the operational environment was to everyone’s satisfaction Razz
  7334 Chief Commissioner

Location: In the workshop wondering why I started 7334 in the first place
PS: Anyone know if 621, 721 rail motor went around the Mt Thorley or Saxonvale Loops, or just reversed at Saxonvale Jcn?
Newcastle Express
Saturday afternoon run reversed at the junction
  sashmo Chief Commissioner
  Newcastle Express Chief Commissioner

I decided to set up at Metford for my shot of the Great Train Race, which turned out to be not the place to go if you wanted to record a scene of all four locos lined up close to each other.
Bevan Wall
A certain person (who shall rename nameless on here Razz ) got all four together. You might see it from "different" angles."

Let's get this ready, but this will take a while.

By the way, who was THAT that talked on his mobile phone as loud as possible just while the race was starting. - Even "staring" at him to be quite didn't work, nor did a very quite "mutter" stop him.
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
I decided to set up at Metford for my shot of the Great Train Race, which turned out to be not the place to go if you wanted to record a scene of all four locos lined up close to each other.
A certain person (who shall rename nameless on here Razz ) got all four together. You might see it from "different" angles."

Let's get this ready, but this will take a while.

By the way, who was THAT that talked on his mobile phone as loud as possible just while the race was starting. - Even "staring" at him to be quite didn't work, nor did a very quite "mutter" stop him.
Newcastle Express
Quit talking in vagaries. You don't give us your name, or your location. How is anyone supposed to sympathise with you, take your side, or support up your sentiment if you won't furnish us with some context?
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
@michaelgrenhill  we need to talk elsewhere about a  Railpage user who thinks he is a moderator, but is not.  I have edited and delted some of his posts in this thread and others. I amd sure You know who I means - this is a friendly warning to let the mods moderator.

Meanwhile that;s enough on that sidematter, back tot heHunter Steamfest ! (please)
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
then 59 charging forward was a real let down Sad
Mis Kel

I thought the idea of competing in a race was to get out in front... Wink
  alco4836 Station Master

Hi All
Here are some pics of the trains close to the start of the race Here

Regards
Mathew Hughes
  4206 Chief Commissioner

Location: Dorrigo yard
Thank you for sharing
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
When is 6029 returning to the ACT?
  M636C Minister for Railways

The trains were pretty well lined up at Warabrook but 5917 lagged behind and was not visible from the north side of the bridge, although you could tell it was there because 4490 was visible on the rear of its train. People on the south side of the bridge were  able to see it (see Alco 4836's shots above).

I drove up to Greta afterwards to get 6029 on the Branxton shuttle, and got to Maitland before three of the trains.

If getting to Maitland first was winning, 3016 did, because it was on the down main and had a clear road into the station. Theoretically 3642 should have been able to run in on the up main but didn't, although it stopped closer to the station than the two trains on the coal lines which were stopped before the crossovers.

Was any statement made about winning?

M636C
  lsrailfan Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere you're not
Hi all, on Saturday 9th April, I went up to Maitland for the Steamfest, here are a small selection of photos I have, didn't take as many as I wanted this time round
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/25756455123/in/dateposted-public/
Steam Loco 3642 arrives into Maitland's number three Platform, this will form a shuttle to Newcastle
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/25754363864/in/dateposted-public/
Diesel Loco 4001 is providing assistance on the train
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/25756469343/in/dateposted-public/
Patterson Railmotors 621/721 come into Maitland, with a round trip from Saxonvale Junction, which is on a Coal Branch, not far from Singleton
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/26292986421/in/dateposted-public/
More Patterson Railmotors in the form of CPH7 and 1, stand at Maitland's number 2 Platform, awaiting to form another shuttle to Patterson
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/26086360270/in/dateposted-public/
Steamer 3016 from Canberra, comes into Port Waratah, with an afternoon shuttle trip
https://www.flickr.com/photos/32678796@N05/26359251775/in/dateposted-public/
And to top it all off, 3642 sits at the Dead End siding at Maitland, taking on Water, after a busy day of action

Kind Regards
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
When is 6029 returning to the ACT?
bevans

Ignore my request. Several of the locomotives are already on en route having left Maitland heading south now crossing the Hawkesbury River bridge.
  alco4836 Station Master

Hi All
Can anyone shed some light as to the where abouts of 4807?
It came up Friday with 3016/6029 and have not seen it since.
Also it was not on either of the two steam transfers today.

Regards
Mathew Hughes
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

Here are a few scenes of the ARHS and THNSW consists heading home today.
BW


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qtDGCt7if7w
  namyah Beginner

G'day all



As someone who was on one of the trains - 3642 - it was more of a steady canter rather than a race hahahaahahaha.  Alas I didn't get much of a view of 6029 as we travelled along, but just being part of the event was experience enough.  I never thought I would see a working 60 class. My parents claim I did see one working at cockle creek pulling a collection that headed north.  I was very young at the time but do recall the line of locos - just not what was at the head.  But that's a whole different kettle of fish that doesn't belong here.  But any way, thrilled out of my skin to see it in action.  Now bring on the Lithgow trip - if they ever release tickets.

Cheers, Peter.
  sashmo Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane Qld
4807 had a couple of flat spots and was sent to the wheel lathe.

a couple of shots from today

RTM transfer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sashmos_pics/25756768213/in/dateposted-public/

ARHS ACT transfer
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sashmos_pics/25754680984/in/dateposted-public/

other shots can be found here
https://www.flickr.com/photos/sashmos_pics/albums/72157666949951406
  The Man in Blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: Trackside in Baiyin NW China!
G'day all



As someone who was on one of the trains - 3642 - it was more of a steady canter rather than a race hahahaahahaha.  Alas I didn't get much of a view of 6029 as we travelled along, but just being part of the event was experience enough.  I never thought I would see a working 60 class. My parents claim I did see one working at cockle creek pulling a collection that headed north.  I was very young at the time but do recall the line of locos - just not what was at the head.  But that's a whole different kettle of fish that doesn't belong here.  But any way, thrilled out of my skin to see it in action.  Now bring on the Lithgow trip - if they ever release tickets.

Cheers, Peter.
namyah
It was exciting to travel in the GMS behind 5917 for the great race, but I can relate to not getting much of a view of the other trains. Comparing the great videos I shot on previous 'races" when there were only 2 trains, seperated by tracks like when 3801/3830 raced, I think that these gave passengers a much better view of a steam loco at speed. The 4 locos side by side are a great spectacle for tracksiders, not so good for passengers.

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