Before widespread mobile phone and internet use, drove 160-kms to Burra on a Sunday afternoon to get Australian National ALCos 874/833 working their loaded grain train back to Port Adelaide.
Only thing is the crew were still in their motel, the empties having arrived several hours late that morning, and the train unlikely to leave before darkness.
874 was originally numbered 27 and built by AE Goodwin of Sydney in 1960 for the narrow gauge (3'6" Silverton Tramway at Broken Hill. Surplus to requirements it was sold to the South Australian Railways in 1970, passing into Australian National ownership in 1978.
It was later rebuilt and renumbered 907 and is in service with Genesee & Wyoming Australia.