Monday, 8 February 2016

Sydney Bound Freight 12 March 2015

There was plenty of opportunity to train-spot around Broken Hill.

This Sydney-bound freight came rumbling through the town before lunch:

NR67 leading.

A true Big Dirty Freight Train...

Profile shot.

NR93 as second unit.

The weathering on these locos is fantastic.

Single well unit RRWY 6002-B.

Five-pack container flat RRAY 7180-R.
More platforms of RRAY 7180-R.

Classic NSW PTC-era 60' flat, RQSY 21857-X.

2CM bogie of the RQSY.
80' RQJW 60044-T.

Another 60' flat, RQBY 21915-L.

RQJW 21958-U.


Thursday, 4 February 2016

4502 and 4528

A quick post to add for Broken Hill; sitting alone on the edge of the yard were a sad looking 4502 and 4528. I believe these were to be refurbished as part of the 45s class, but it never eventuated. 

At least the environment in Broken Hill is not aggressive like near the coast, hopefully preserving them until such time as they see service again.

4502 (front) and 4528 in grey.

Both locos abandoned on the outskirts of the yard.

4502, all things considered the paintwork isn't in that bad of condition given its age.

4528, again the lack of aggressive electrolytes in the atmosphere helps to preserve the locos.

Sadly, the likelihood of these locos returning to any form of service is remote; there are already two 45 class (4501 and 4520) in preservation, plus a number still in service (in some form or another) around the country, plus others that are in a similar situation as these.

Still we can always hope to see these ALCOs back in action one day...

Monday, 1 February 2016

Pacific National Coal Train, Meadowbank 12 December 2015

Another bit of trainspotting!

Whilst waiting at Meadowbank station back in December, a North-bound Pacific National coal train came rumbling through.

A typical consist of 4 x 82 class locos and the NHFF/NHSH type hoppers on the back.

The photos show the difference in appearance of these wagons, from the weathering effects to the extent of graffiti.

8240 on point.

Still looking good 20 years on.

Side shot.

Second unit 8214.

Followed by 8212.

And again.


8211 brings up the rear of the loco lash-up.


NHSH wagon three-pack.

Same pack.

NHSH 42815 H.

NHFF 42824 on the right.

NHFF 42778 E.

NHFF//NHSH, possibly NHJF.

NHSH 43036 at right.

NHSH type.

Interesting to note the new handbrake wheels applied to some (most) of the wagons now, replacing the four handle handbrake 'spider' typical of NSWGR/SRA rollingstock.