THRU RUNNERS tour

 
Topic moved from Locomotives and Rolling Stock by dthead on 20 Oct 2018 23:50
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

Here's some video of today's spectacular Thru Runners tour.
Enjoy,
BW


https://youtu.be/CP_QFAmB4Ao

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  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
C504 & C507 look absolutely immaculate! Not bad for 40 year olds. Great video Bevan! Thanks.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
A pair of C's wouldn't even have noticed that trailing load!
Great work, as always, Bevan.
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

The descriptions with some of the photos/videos posted online of the “Thru Runners” tour are suggesting that this was the first instance of a C class hauling a passenger train in NSW, which is not correct. As well as Kev's C class tour from Melbourne to Albury in 2016, in October 2005, C506, then owned by Silverton and renumbered as Cs5, led T383, KL81 and S317 on the “Motive Power” magazine tour to Sandy Hollow. At the time nobody would have predicted that in the future SSR would own three of the locos and that lash ups like this, which then was considered just a gunzel fantasy, would become fairly common on revenue freight operations.
Did any of the C class find their way on to Southern Aurora, Spirit of Progress or Sydney/Melbourne Expresses? Here is some video of the Motive Power tour to jog the memories:



https://youtu.be/SNgYpx41l7g
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Did any of the C class find their way on to Southern Aurora, Spirit of Progress or Sydney/Melbourne Expresses?
"Bevan Wall"
Now you've done it, Bevan! I have an idea that one was used on a Sex/Mex; possibly to replace a failed G. This is going to warrant a severe hunt through the memorabilia box, and I shall be exceedingly frustrated if I can't find any reference.
  M636C Minister for Railways

Does anyone know the reason for the name of the tour?
I'm reliably informed that this was not an anniversary of through running of VR locomotives in NSW which statred (I'm told) in 1982.

Peter
  M636C Minister for Railways

Did any of the C class find their way on to Southern Aurora, Spirit of Progress or Sydney/Melbourne Expresses?
Now you've done it, Bevan! I have an idea that one was used on a Sex/Mex; possibly to replace a failed G. This is going to warrant a severe hunt through the memorabilia box, and I shall be exceedingly frustrated if I can't find any reference.
Valvegear
The C class were limited to 80km/h in Victoria owing to their weight of 135 tons.
This is heavier than an NR, for example.
So it is unlikely that tthey worked the SG passengers except following a failure of another locomotive.

This limit was raised after track conditions were (at least in theory) improved.

WAGR stopped running L class on the Indian Pacific just before the C class were introduced for the same reason and GM class ran through to Perth until the track was repaired, although K class were used from time to time. L class were regularly running the IP by 1994 after a lot of money was spent on the track and after iron ore trains stopped running to Kwinana.

Peter
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
The C class were limited to 80km/h in Victoria owing to their weight of 135 tons.

This is heavier than an NR, for example.

So it is unlikely that they worked the SG passengers except following a failure of another locomotive.
"M636C"
I'm quite sure you're right. The instance I'm thinking of was certainly a one-off.
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Although I can't quote any dates there were a few instances of them hauling standard gauge pass's in the early 1980s, as stated earlier largely due to New X failures.
If I remember correctly there was a deliberate trial of one to see how it went. Between Albury and Seymour time was lost but south of Seymour the C was able to make some of it up due to the ability to climb the hills faster. Obviously, it wasn't going to happen regularly for this reason.
I'll do some digging and see if I can find anything to confirm this.

Neil
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Does anyone know the reason for the name of the tour?
I'm reliably informed that this was not an anniversary of through running of VR locomotives in NSW which statred (I'm told) in 1982.

Peter
M636C

Celebrating 40 years of service for the Cs......and 30 years of through running for the Cs. As per Bevan's intro.

I'm not sure the word anniversary was used anywhere.
  L-1172 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Working hard like a donkey at my wife's computer.
In November 1979, a 'C' class would regularly haul a morning 'up' passenger train from Bacchus Marsh to Spencer Street. The train would be made up of lightweight wooden BPL/BCPL carriages. The loco would then return to South Dynon and then haul an early afternoon 'down' interstate express goods to Serviceton where A.N.R. locos would take over for the run to Adelaide.

In my photo below, C-510 has just arrived at Spencer Street around 8:15am on Tuesday the 20th of November, 1979.

https://flic.kr/p/9WEzgy


Regards,

Robert.
  4206 Chief Commissioner

Location: Dorrigo yard
Thank you for sharing

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