A66 Being retired?

 
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Well, apparently it is Finally being retired from service.

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Since when?
  DALEK Locomotive Fireman

707 Operations are running a farewell tour with A66 & R707 to Cranbourne and Stony Point in August after it is retired.
http://www.707operations.com.au/Main.asp?_=Coming%20Trip%20-%20Steam%20and%20Streamliner%20to%20Stony%20Point
My guess is with Vlocities running most Bairnsdale services in August this will free up an N class or 2 to replace A66.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
A60 ran what at the time was supposed to be the final scheduled A class run in revenue service from Bacchus Marsh on Friday the 26th of April 2013.

And it was the last run of an A, at least until A66 was pushed back into service a few months later.

A66 then ran its last scheduled service 2 or 3 years ago, also from Bacchus Marsh.

Then again, after a few weeks, it was pushed back into service, this time running evening return trains to Seymour. Then, after running Seymour trains for a period of time, it was rostered back on its old run of the 1610 Down Bacchus Marsh, and the 0739 Up Bacchus Marsh, and has been plugging away at that since.

Maybe it is finally getting put out to pasture, then again maybe not. After all, if you include its time as B66, it is over 66 years old, and it is currently running the last scheduled passenger train operated by an EMD Streamliner anywhere in the world. So maybe it is time for it to get a rest.

Then again, maybe it will hang on like it has before.
  DALEK Locomotive Fireman

The P class were retired this time last year and haven't returned to service. Maybe this could be the real end for A66. Then again, it could still fill in for an N class as they have the same speed. Who knows.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Well, apparently it is Finally being retired from service.
Dangersdan707
I heard she is to be converted to SG! Laughing

BG
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Well, apparently it is Finally being retired from service.
I heard she is to be converted to SG! Laughing

BG
BrentonGolding


The Meme explains it all
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Ding-a-lingDan, it's nearly bed time, this might help you to nod off.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UaEC-lWSlmI

BigShunter.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
Maybe it is finally getting put out to pasture, then again maybe not. After all, if you include its time as B66, it is over 66 years old, and it is currently running the last scheduled passenger train operated by an EMD Streamliner anywhere in the world. So maybe it is time for it to get a rest.
Gman_86
I'm thinking of setting up a "Gawdhelpme" page to fund the purchase of A66 and return it to B66 specifications. I'll get a set of SG and NG  bogies made so we can go nearly anywhere in Australia. I don't think Tasmania's ever seen a streamliner on their tracks, so they'd appreciate the visit. It's my idea so I'm going to paint it tangerine teacup because I think there's too many blue heritage locos out there. So there.

(Exit stage left laughing maniacally to get more coffee...)

Rick
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Rustyrick, an absolute effing gem.
Like to add more, but,,,
  HardWorkingMan Chief Commissioner

Location: Echuca
Maybe we should be starting a rumour that A66 will be named "Dame Nellie Melba" as it's had so many comebacks! Smile

I would think that "retired" probably means "retired from daily roster until we need it"!
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
Maybe we should be starting a rumour that A66 will be named "Dame Nellie Melba" as it's had so many comebacks! Smile

I would think that "retired" probably means "retired from daily roster until we need it"!
HardWorkingMan
I prefer 'Whispering Jack' personally...
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Maybe we should be starting a rumour that A66 will be named "Dame Nellie Melba" as it's had so many comebacks! Smile

I would think that "retired" probably means "retired from daily roster until we need it"!
HardWorkingMan
Or John Farnham!

BG
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

retirement date 24th August has been mentioned
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
I'm thinking of setting up a "Gawdhelpme" page to fund the purchase of A66 and return it to B66 specifications. I'll get a set of SG and NG  bogies made so we can go nearly anywhere in Australia. I don't think Tasmania's ever seen a streamliner on their tracks, so they'd appreciate the visit. It's my idea so I'm going to paint it tangerine teacup because I think there's too many blue heritage locos out there. So there.

(Exit stage left laughing maniacally to get more coffee...)

Rick
"RustyRick"

Gold, gold, gold!
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Please Keep this Thread to A66 Related Matters, If you wish to Mock my 'outdated' opinions of rail gauge (why I have Kaiser Wilhelm II as my Avatar) and if you wish to also mock the save CLP10 Campain, please open a new thread. You all have had your fun @BrentonGolding.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Please Keep this Thread to A66 Related Matters, If you wish to Mock my 'outdated' opinions of rail gauge (why I have Kaiser Wilhelm II as my Avatar) and if you wish to also mock the save CLP10 Campain, please open a new thread. You all have had your fun @BrentonGolding.
Dangersdan707
I have been wondering who your avatar is DD707.
I haven't seen this pic of Kaiser Bill elsewhere (not that I have been looking especially).
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
I don’t mock anyone trying to preserve history. I do mock those who have unrealistic expectations of what can be restored to original vs retained carrying the changes of that items history. I’m not going anywhere near pros and cons about gauges. I try and stay out of politics here. I get enough at work.

As for A66/ B66, they are my favourite diesels and it deserves a leisurely retirement.

Rick
  Radioman Chief Train Controller

Maybe we should be starting a rumour that A66 will be named "Dame Nellie Melba" as it's had so many comebacks! Smile

I would think that "retired" probably means "retired from daily roster until we need it"!
HardWorkingMan
Hello All,

John ( Pinchas ) Cargher , who hosted ABC Radio 3AR "Singers of Renown" once commented that Dame Nellie Melba ( Helen Porter Mitchell ) , after announcing her retirement , said she would tour all of the places that had made her career as a thank you to those audiences. This process took years !

In an era when travel was by ship and train , and international celebrities were few and far between , she was the best known Australian on the planet.

What many people do not realise is that she, along with Enrico Caruso,  were also HMV / His Master's Voice first Opera singers on a long term recording contract. HMV needed this to ensure a steady stream of new product.

This meant that both became world famous household names due to the new technology of the phonogramme. The phonogramme meant that people who could not afford an Opera ticket or a Concert ticket could hear a performance in their own home. It could be argued that without the phonogramme , many of the world's great orchestras , including the ABC Orchestras, would not exist but for the popularity of the phonogramme.

In an era when the air waves is filled with the sound of numerous musical talents from around the world , we often times forget just how recent this phenomena is.

Regards, Radioman.

( PS / Mitchell Estate , near Burnley railway station in Melbourne  and the Cave Hill Quarry at Lilydale , was her late father's company. which existed at least until the 1970s. )
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Maybe we should be starting a rumour that A66 will be named "Dame Nellie Melba" as it's had so many comebacks! Smile

I would think that "retired" probably means "retired from daily roster until we need it"!
Hello All,

John ( Pinchas ) Cargher , who hosted ABC Radio 3AR "Singers of Renown" once commented that Dame Nellie Melba ( Helen Porter Mitchell ) , after announcing her retirement , said she would tour all of the places that had made her career as a thank you to those audiences. This process took years !

In an era when travel was by ship and train , and international celebrities were few and far between , she was the best known Australian on the planet.

What many people do not realise is that she, along with Enrico Caruso,  were also HMV / His Master's Voice first Opera singers on a long term recording contract. HMV needed this to ensure a steady stream of new product.

This meant that both became world famous household names due to the new technology of the phonogramme. The phonogramme meant that people who could not afford an Opera ticket or a Concert ticket could hear a performance in their own home. It could be argued that without the phonogramme , many of the world's great orchestras , including the ABC Orchestras, would not exist but for the popularity of the phonogramme.

In an era when the air waves is filled with the sound of numerous musical talents from around the world , we often times forget just how recent this phenomena is.

Regards, Radioman.

( PS / Mitchell Estate , near Burnley railway station in Melbourne  and the Cave Hill Quarry at Lilydale , was her late father's company. which existed at least until the 1970s. )
Radioman
Ah 'Singers of Renown'. SmileLaughing
A fabulous program for so many years. An enjoyable, peaceful and pleasant retreat from the inane and insane football on so many other radio stations each Saturday.
Too much to hope for the ABC to start running some repeats - they would only run for about 50 years.
To name anything owned or run by Vline after someone would be an insult - even to a racehorse.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Ah 'Singers of Renown'.

A fabulous program for so many years. An enjoyable, peaceful and pleasant retreat from the inane and insane football on so many other radio stations each Saturday.
YM-Mundrabilla
John Cargher's other program was, of course, "Music for Pleasure" and I confess to wondering what other purpose there was for music.
His sign off was always, "  . . . until then, goodbye for now."
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
A 66 isn't finishing all together. It will be stored for the next few months, from the 26th of August pending a timetable change in mid-2019 which might see it re-activated once again. It will depend on Vlocity deliveries
707 Operations Facebook reply
  justapassenger Minister for Railways

To name anything owned or run by Vline after someone would be an insult - even to a racehorse.
YM-Mundrabilla
Find someone deserving of insult then.

Given it is out of date, performed well once upon a time, not at all funny and desperately needing to be pensioned off, the ideal name for the loco is Sam Newman.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
To name anything owned or run by Vline after someone would be an insult - even to a racehorse.
Find someone deserving of insult then.

Given it is out of date, performed well once upon a time, not at all funny and desperately needing to be pensioned off, the ideal name for the loco is Sam Newman.
justapassenger
If she comes back in 2019 then I think "lazarus with a triple bypass" would be a fitting moniker, John Howard's description of himself should he ever become PM, a quote later falsely attributed to that greatest of parliamentary wits Paul Keating I believe.

BG
  potatoinmymouth Chief Commissioner

One interesting point here is that V/Line expect a mid-2019 timetable change to increase pressure on the fleet in some way.

Presumably that will be the completion of Ballarat Line works so hopefully we can infer a substantive increase in service directly following these works (looking at you, Sunbury and Werribee lines post-RRL.)

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