The previous Friday (27th June) saw a handful of railfans out and about trackside along the Metropolitan Goods Line to get their “final shots” of Patricks Portlink train T176/T177. For years now this shuttle has run between Yennora Distribution Centre (owned by CRT Group) and Port Botany using a variety of leased motive power. On the date in question, GM22 and 4471 did the honours, rolling out of Yennora at 0848.
The train made excellent time between Yennora and Port Botany, although it lost it’s path out of Port Botany in the afternoon. At 1338, 4471 lead the charge out of Botany with GM22 trailing behind, much to the delight of the few enthusiasts on the road bridge.
Disappointingly, the pair were not to return to Yennora until later that evening, having lost their path onto the busy west/old south lines, and were held somewhere around Enfield until after the peak hour was over.
At 1600 hours the same day, Patricks Portlink Accreditation ceased – they are now running under a temporary Pacific National accreditation. It is unknown at this stage if they will renew their accreditation, having reportedly lost the Yennora contract (as the Distribution Centre is owned by CRT Group, which is in turn owned by QRNational, who have recently begun providing their own shuttle between Yennora and Botany, as can be seen here).
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