422s on the Canberra oil train - early 1999

 
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

By the end of 1998, only five members of the 422 class were still in regular service. 42220, still wearing the original Tuscan livery, and 42203, in candy, were allocated to working the weekly CountryLink loco hauled passenger trains to Broken Hill and Griffith, and only saw occasional use on freight services. 42206, 42210 and 42219, all now painted in FreightCorp blue, were mainly used on metropolitan trip trains and for banking coalies from Enfield to Waterfall. Nobody was certain how long the locos, especially the three FreightCorp blue units, would remain in service, so the pressure was on to get shots of them working before the axe fell. When operational requirements permitted, a sympathetic member of the Centralised Motive Power Control staff was happy to roster the locos on to the Canberra oil train, especially on Saturdays. The down train ran to Canberra at night, but the return service, train no.2138, departed Canberra mid-afternoon, and during DST could often be chased all the way to Maldon curve and even Menangle viaduct for a final shot just on sunset. It eventuated that the three blue locos managed to remain in service for the duration of 1999, but as the year progressed their use became more and more sporadic, while 42203 and 42220 lasted a few months longer into 2000. Here’s some video recorded over the first few months of 1999 of the five locos putting on a show on what for a little while became the Saturday afternoon picture train, no.2138.
Enjoy the memories,
BW.



https://youtu.be/6-rde4QR018

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  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
Always good to see a 422, thanks for sharing.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Always good to see a 422, thanks for sharing.
And hear.
  apw5910 Chief Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Always good to see a 422, thanks for sharing.
And hear.
michaelgm
Pity about the horns... They really need a honking big "Look at me, get out of my way" horn blast, not that pathetic little hoot they make.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Always good to see a 422, thanks for sharing.
And hear.
Pity about the horns... They really need a honking big "Look at me, get out of my way" horn blast, not that pathetic little hoot they make.
apw5910
Was really referring to the donk. But horns, functional enough to be audable, and locos on the way to retirement, maybe not worth the effort.
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

Always good to see a 422, thanks for sharing.
And hear.
Pity about the horns... They really need a honking big "Look at me, get out of my way" horn blast, not that pathetic little hoot they make.
apw5910
Those RVB  five chime horns, or "screaming cats" as the crews called them,  nearly always sounded pretty awful. For those interested, here's short video I compiled a while ago describing these horns:


https://youtu.be/_r5-7bBHgJE
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
RVB back in the days sadly typified 'Australian made rubbish'.
Don't know about AN but CR refused to use them.
  PeeJay2 Beginner

Amazing how the remaining 5 locos had 3 different colour schemes!

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