Does anyone have a timetable for Peterborough and Gladstone passenger runs in the 1970's? I've got the final timetable for the bluebird in the mid 80's, but wonder what it was like back in the 70's, there must have been more trains back then, possibly even more in the 60's.
Brill 75s were the main stay of the services except the Saturday morning and holiday trains until the Brills were withdrawn. BBs were used towards the end of the Brills; a driver told me that locals used to listen to the horn and if it was a BB on the evening train they would decide to go to Adelaide the next morning. Once the Brills were withdrawn a loco and one/two cars and a brake were substituted, sometimes even an air con BD car. On these occasions the loco was generally and 830. Otherwise loco hauled consists were generally powered by a 930, with about 5-6 cars.
During the late 60s there was considerable parcel traffic with loading often spilling out of the baggage compartment and taking up one or two seat bays. I did hear elsewhere that for a period there was a particularly aggressive Station Master at VH; he even had beer to a local pub supplied by rail. (Unlike some of the discussion on the OL thread some people don't give up without a fight)
And people wonder why there's no passenger services on this line now
My parents rode a Brill to Victor Harbour for their Honeymoon back in 1953.
You also wanted Gladstone?Was that a daily service? It's fascinating to see how the state was served back then. I guess you don't know what you've got until it's gone
721 dep Adelaide 5:00pm, arr Gladstone 9:08pm (connects to Wilmington and Peterborough)
763 dep Adelaide 5:45pm, arr Gladstone 9:28pm (connects to Wilmington)
334 dep Gladstone 7:15am, arr Adelaide 11:05am (connects from Wilmington and Peterborough)
All services 250 Psgr Motor