New South Wales Government Railways Baldwin 2-8-2 No 5905 + 6027 (out of sight) on 631 down goods train in the refuge loop between Tuggerah and Wyong, N.S.W. Australia.
Behind the engine to the right is an elevated water tank. This is one of two tanks positioned at this location so that two steam engines could take on water simultaneously. Beyond this location down trains from Sydney to Newcastle faced four severe climbs. One in 40 grades faced down trains at Hawkmount and Fassifern and double heading was essential unless the loading of the train was reduced. Two other lesser grades applied at Warnervale and Cardiff and could be hauled by the Beyer Garratt unassisted, however the assistant engine no doubt made the climbs at these locations far easier.
Locomotives in this photo
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