Perhaps the best known steam loco in Australia 3801 is seen passing the remains of #1 Roundhouse at Enfield/Sydney NSW. Enfield was the main steam freight loco servicing depot in Sydney and consisted of two 360 degree roundhouses and one 180 degree (half) roundhouse. With demise of steam all this infrastructure was progressively demolished to make way for proposed container terminal (1975!).
Problem was the NSW Rail Transport Museum exhibits, including 3801 were housed in #1 & #2 Roundhouse. So the government of the day came up with the idea of putting out in the "boondocks" South of Sydney at Thirlmere and hoped that eventually it would fade away.
3801 has come off a tour train and is being stabled on one of the remaining tracks of #1 Roundhouse.
When looking at this pic I remembered what this hobby was like before the OH&S police took over. Just look at the casual attitude of the guys on the tender, Dad checking his camera while young daughter stands next to the moving 38 and the ladies with babies in conversation their backs turned.
Fast forward 37 years: the long promised container terminal is now happening in another part of Enfield yard,the Rail Transport Museum, now called Trainworks is still at Thirlmere but with a substantial grant from the government is now a world class rail museum and poor 3801 is still waiting on a new boiler from the manufacturer's in Germany.That is another story.