Indian Pacific Info and photos
Photo of 4601 with headboard leading the inaugural Indian Pacific on February 23, 1970 just before departurehttp://media.gettyimages.com/photos/interiors-of-the-indian-pacific-train-before-its-inaugural-journey-to-picture-id539511289
Photo of carriages from Sydney Terminal platformhttp://media.gettyimages.com/photos/interiors-of-the-indian-pacific-train-before-its-inaugural-journey-to-picture-id539523805http://www.greatsouthernrail.com.au/trains/the-indian-pacific
(official website for the Indian Pacific)
Comeng 3: Comeng a history of commonwealth engineering vol 3 - Info on Indian Pacific starts pages 27/28https://books.google.com.au/books?id=uYtRAQAAQBAJ&pg=PA29&lpg=PA29&dq=46+class+indian+pacific&source=bl&ots=5qTbM-L-3h&sig=6p45K13TLrYKD542dJIyORrG_6w&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwjz_oiIpJjVAhUNObwKHYvyAs4Q6AEIVzAJ#v=onepage&q=46%20class%20indian%20pacific&f=false
To summarise above in case link doesn't work:-
- On Monday, 23 February 1970, the Commonwealth NSW Government hosted a formal dinner of 500 VIP guests at the Wentworth Hotel in Sydney where the Governor-General Sir Paul Hasluck officially declared the Sydney-Perth standard gauge passenger service open
- That same evening the first of 2 divisions of the inaugural Indian Pacific train departed Sydney's Central Station (Sydney Terminal) at 10:50pm. The first division was hauled by electric locomotives 4601 and 4602 with senior NSW driver from Eveleigh, R. Walkington in charge. 4601, given leading honours was decorated for the occasion with the inaugural headboards.
- The first division, which was primarily comprised of the first-class cars, carried VIP guests - including the Governor-General who travelled in the SSA-class Special Service Car.
- The second division hauled by 4603 and 4604 left shortly after at 11:00pm. This second consist was comprised of a combination of first-class and economy-class cars and carried railway executives and press representatives.
- At Lithgow the 46 class electrics were detached and 2 NSWGR 421 class diesel-electric locomotives (not sure which particular locos) were put in charge of each division through to Broken Hill, beyond the electrified network.
- From Broken Hill to Port Pirie the first division was hauled by 2 SAR 600-class locos and second division by 1 600-class and 1 830-class. At Port Pirie the 2 trains were amalgamated into one huge train of 27 cars that was over 700m in length and weighed around 1320 tonnes. It was the largest and heaviest passenger train ever to operate in Australia at that time.
- The Indian Pacific was hauled as far as Kalgoorlie by 3 Comrails locos - 1 CL-class, 2 GM-class. On the final leg from Kalgoorlie to Perth it was headed by 2 WAGR L-class locos - completing the train's 3962km journey across Australia.
- According to a reporter who was there for the trip large crowds of interested onlookers filled track-side vantage positions to cheer the inaugural journey of the Indian Pacific at almost every town and settlement along the 2461 mile Sydney-Perth standard gauge line. This was particularly noticeable at Sydney Terminal where despite the late hour, thousands of people were waiting to see the train leave from the decorated No 1 Platform.
- Large crowds were also present at Port Pirie to witness the unveiling of a commemorative plaque by Governor-General Sir Paul Hasluck with the ceremony taking place at 12:30am.
- Brief welcoming ceremonies were arranged by local government authorities at Broken Hill, Peterborough and Port Pirie. The Governor-General also met with local residents at some of the isolated settlements that were passed along the way includingTarcoola, Cook and Rawlinna.
- A comprehensive publicity campaign was arranged by the WAGR with 12,000 people joining in festivities at the arrival ceremony at Perth Terminal station which included the invited guests and VIP passengers.
- There is also a photo of Commissioner of Commonwealth Railways Keith Smith in the dining room of the Special Service Car. Interestingly it states that it was forbidden to take photographs inside this car for many years and as such there are no official interior photos available of the car in it's "as built" condition.
- Normal revenue services of the Indian Pacific commenced on 1 March 1970 (Perth to Sydney) and on 2 March 1970 (Sydney to Perth)
For the sake of completeness here is the post by Electra for the composition of the inaugural Indian Pacific, this is a copy paste of his post so as to keep everything here in one thread, so credit to him for the share (original thread here:- https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p589826.htm
"Fortunately, we have that initial consist recorded by the authors of "Coaching Stock of the NSW Railways - Vol.2" (Eveleigh Press, Sydney, 2002); on page 243:
1st train - Locos 4601 & 4602.
HGM.204 power/brake van.
ER.210 dormitory (crew) car.
ARL.249 first class twinette sleeping car.
ARL.247 first class twinette sleeping car.
ARJ.241 first class roomette sleeping car.
CDF.266 cafeteria-club car.
DF.264 dining car.
AFC.239 first class lounge car.
ARJ.240 first class roomette sleeping car.
ARL.261 first class twinette sleeping car.
ARM.253 first class twinette sleeping car with deluxe compartment.
ARM.252 first class twinette sleeping car with deluxe compartment.
SSA.260 special service car.
HM.259 brake van.
2nd Train - Locos 4603 & 4604
HM.257 brake van.
ER.2O4 dormitory (crew) car.
BRJ.214 economy-class twin-berth sleeping car.
BRJ.218 economy-class twin-berth sleeping car.
BRJ.215 economy-class twin-berth sleeping car.
CDF.229 cafeteria-club car.
DF.235 dining car.
AFC.236 first-class lounge car.
ARJ.242 first-class roomette sleeping car
ARL.262 first-class twinette sleeping car.
ARM.251 first-class twinette with deluxe compartment.
HGM.202 power/brake van.
Obviously, these trains were carrying some carriages which would become spares held at Perth when the first run arrived there.
The normal "I-P" consist at the start was HGM. ER. BRJ. BRJ. BRJ. CDF. DF. AFC. ARM. ARJ. ARL. HM."
Further info on the consist of the Indian Pacific and how it changed over the years can be seen here:-http://www.comrails.com/cr_carriages/sda00100.html
Also here is a bonus photo of 4601 on a tour train taken on 06 June 1964 at Rockdale station (credit to Graham Ahern photography)http://www.grahamahern.com/electric-trains?lightbox=dataItem-ivx0ceti
If I have time this weekend I'll update the main listing on page 1