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Hello everyone from the wilds of Central Burma!
The last two posts have been rather sombre affairs so I thought I would take it up a notch before the month is out... this time covering the motley collection of vehicles which seemed to congregate on the eastern (down) side of Wollongong station.
I had started planning this post with a question - which wagon or carriage are you aware of that stayed in (some sort of) service but remained in the same place for the longest. I had been thinking the diner parked near platform 15 at Sydney Terminal - it always seemed to be there in the 1970s and 1980s. I have surprised myself by apparently taking a photo of it (AB91 methinks) in 1981, and then being able to find it for this post.
But I digress, Wollongong. This next shot was taken sometime between March 1961 when the Budds were introduced to the Illawarra, and mid-1965 when steam had disappeared. The photo was taken from one of Dad's favourite family-dinner-out locations, the top floor of the Sydney Wide Discount store on the corner of Crown Street and Gladstone Avenue. We got hundreds of chip dinners on the top level of this store, so Dad could snap shots like the following.
From the shadows, I am guessing this was a midday sojourn. My interest is only for the three vans in the left of the picture, but I guess other readers may be interested in what was squatting around the turntable. This next shot gives you a better view of its inhabitants.
But I digress once more... back to the vans. Rolling into 1966, 3014T did a week or so of relief work in the Illawarra whilst the usual 30 tank was serviced. On dusk on 28 April 1966, 3014T can be seen pulling past one of the more unusual vehicles in the collection.
I have nothing from the seventies to add right now, but the following snap from the favoured location in 1980 shows the collection of vans had been joined by an FO-type carriage. And yes, not ot digress again but those orange things in the yard are AIS diesels.
And then the great leveler, electrification, came. This final shot show Wollongong yard under transformation. The little collection of vehicles have gone - most likely trundled at a slow speed to the back of Port Kembla, then torched. Oh dear, ending a blog on another sad note.
I will try to devise a cheery post over the next week or so.
This article first appeared on nswrailrambler.blogspot.com
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