Ten photos showing a snapshot of what Trackside covered in 2008.
A sign of things to come, as H13 rolls south through Bombo to Kiama in April. Most trains serving the South Coast area over 2008 were Cityrails brand new OSCAR trains. Shot
Taken in May, 2203/3103 race 8982 Flour south through Jaspers Brush. Little did trackside enthusiasts know at the time, but ARG would soon cease operations in NSW by the end of November 2008.
Trackside reported on the June Long Weekend shuttles done by Lachlan Valley Railway between Cootamundra and Harden. Taken in June, looking out over the old semaphore signal gantry as the winter sun sinks from the sky.
With the downfall of the economy, things that NSW Railfans have taken for granted, such as the twice weekly Indian Pacific in and out of Sydney may be under threat, with GSR indicating that they may cut services back to one per week to/from Sydney. Taken in July, NR26 nears the end of it's transcontinental journey as it drops down through Faulconbridge in The Blue Mountains.
One of the last industrial shunts left in Sydney, The Mungo Scott Flour Mill, owned by Allied Flour finally closed their doors in late 2008. The familiar sight of a single 80 Class shunting the siding on the old Dulwich Hill to Rozelle section of the Metro Goods Line is now vanished forever. Shot in September 2008, looking at the mill which was still in use at the time.
In September, ARHS NSW celebrated their 75th birthday by chartering 3801ltd to haul their members from Sydney to Bathurst to a celebratory luncheon behind 4501 and 4918. This image captured in September shows 4918 and 4501 (out of shot) preparing to run around their train for the long slog west.
ARHS NSW would conduct other tours during 2008, one of the most interesting was to be the CPH "Metrop or Bust" tour, which saw The Railmotor Society charter CPH's 1 and 7 to run out to some of the locations thier classmates served in regular traffic, along with a couple of other interesting stops along the way. Locations such as Lavender Bay (pictured), Richmond, Carlingford, Cronulla and Sandown were among the locations visited over the weekend.
The final Broad Gauge trains would run from Albury to Melbourne in November, and this required a visit "south of the border" to both experience the final days of the Broad Gauge, as well as to experience the historic "Break of Gauge" at Albury once before it would be no more. As it finished in 2008, the only "break of gauge" reminaing was a transfer from the overnight XPT to the early morning Albury to Melbourne passenger.
November would prove to be a busy month, as ARG would be set to cease their NSW operations before the month was out. Having lost the contract to haul trains for Manildra, the company packed up and moved back to Western Australia. One of the final trains to run Narranderra to Bomaderry would do so behind the usual pair of 22 Class, with C504 standing in for 3106, which had already returned to Western Australia.
In December, 5917 (normally based out of Cowra) would be sent to Sydney on lease to 3801ltd. 5917 would run four Cockatoo Run tours with 3801ltd before returning to Cowra for the off-season over summer. Pictured here at Moss Vale as two volunteers shovel coal around the tender.
As 2008 draws to a close, I would like to extend my thanks to all the people that offered me their support and friendship over the year. I look forward to seeing you all in 2009, and I’m sure we have plenty of things yet to accomplish. Special thanks to my close friends Maikha Ly, Anthony Johnson, Kaine Treleaven, Greg Gordon, for always being there whenever I was lacking inspiration, to point out an interesting shot, or even sometimes just to put me in my place! If I were to list everyone here, I would find myself at the end of 2009 having done nothing but type out a list of my friends. For this, I am thankful. Thankyou also to all those out there who have found this website over the year, and who have continued to read despite infrequent updates and often late updates.
All the best for 2009 from Trent “Raichase” Nicholson.