A missed update on Friday, and now nothing productive to post today! You’ll all have to be happy with todays Sydney observations.
Due to a complete possession of the up and down main lines between Redfern and Granville, and the up and down suburban lines between Redfern and Strathfield, there have been some interesting diversions this weekend, as well as a few interesting trackwork trains about the place.
Normally, NSW motive power dominates the scene in Sydney, with a healthy helping of Victorian locomotives, especially on trackwork and infrastructure trains. Today though, South Australia gave Victoria a good run for their money, with plenty of vintage bulldog power on display.
CA01 empty coal from Broadmeadow Yard to Clarence Colliery (hauled by Southern Shorthaul RailRoad for Centennial Coal) was sent through Flemington Markets as normal, only to be sent south to Chullora Junction, west through Sefton Park Junction, and then north through Lidcombe Loop to resume it’s westbound journey. This diversion made for a sneaky second photo at Regents Park, of the interesting grouping of C508, GM27, FL220 and C503. A Yennora bound container train from Port Botany also made an appearance behind branchliners 869 and 864.
Time was taken at Flemington Station to photograph the venerable veteran Bulldogs in the form of GM10 and 4204. The former is the oldest operating diesel locomotive in commercial service – built in 1952. That’s almost 60 years ago! 4204 is technically retired with Lachlan Valley Railway for enthusiast specials, although since being returned to service it has shown it can still haul trains when hired to SSR for infrastructure work. This concept will be examined in a future post (which was pencilled in for Friday’s update, which obviously did not occur).
A little over an hour was spent at the quiet, leafy station of Croydon, watching the comings and goings of the various trains, most of which almost never run on the local lines – the highlight being NT35 down Grafton XPT, hauled by XP2016 and XP2015.
A quick visit to Granville for lunch also netted a photo of SSR’s other coal train, bound for Lidsdale from Port Kembla behind G514, G511, 44204 and 44206, while a stop at Clyde after lunch revealed 1811N container freight to Narromine being hauled by VL356 and 4814 (this train typically runs from Botany to Clyde Yard as T287 to stage for an evening departure west, but as Clyde Yard was blocked, they have run straight through). The final sighting of the day was at Guildford, of CLF7’s 3, 2 and 7 hauling a well loaded 6MS9 to Yennora.
Other sightings included 4501 and 4833 at Redfern with a spoil train, 4716 and an immaculate 4910 at Ashfield with a short ballast cleaning train, along with triple 81 class on an adjacent track with a spoil train.
The final tally?
Victoria – 5 (counting the VL Class, which were built at Sunshine). South Australia – 7. New South Wales – 14 (counting both XPT units, becuase I’m cheeky like that).
New South Wales still a clear winner, although if one was to take out the units not photographed, it would be a more modest count of 7. Goes to show just how fluid the scene in NSW is, with plenty of “borrowed” motive power from other states. Our most successful export has always been the 422 class, with only a handful of units operating in NSW, the rest of the class having been sent “elsewhere”. I guess that’s just payback for all of the variety we enjoy on a daily basis. Who needs to drive for days to find exotic locos? Often they are in our own backyard!
…now where did that T Class go that was seen lurking about Port Botany the other week. Excuse me!
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