XPTs on the Harbour Bridge

  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

Last week I came across an old camera bag stashed in a cupboard in my garage, and in one of the pockets I found a tape that I had completely forgotten about. It contained scenes recorded over Easter in 1993 of the Grafton and Murwillumbah XPT services being diverted via the North Shore line. I made digital copies of all my tapes in 2003, but not of this tape. Unfortunately the tape has begun to degrade but I have been able to recover some of the scenes and maintain a reasonable picture quality.
I hope you enjoy watching these historic scenes from 25years ago.


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  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
Brilliant, Bevan (as always).

Exhaust fumes in the station looked a bit nasty.

Thanks for sharing,
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Bevan; you will never cease to amaze me. This is great historical footage, and thanks for putting it up.
  simstrain Chief Commissioner

Should have given them panto's and then we might still be seeing this sight.
  Junction box Chief Commissioner

Location: newy
Cool, VN Commodores and the old box.
  michaelgm Chief Commissioner

Little wonder the powers that be, dislike diesels in the underground.
The accessiblity/fencing on the harbour must be vastly different now?
And Bevan, glad you discovered that lost bag and tape. Your camera gear must have mega hours and your vehicle, an equivalent amount of kms.
As a rail enthusiast, I tip my hat to you old mate.
Without trying to discourage others, very rare I watch clips not shot/edited by you.

Regards, Mick.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
I wonder what else Bevan might have stashed elsewhere he doesnt know about.... Wink
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
This is going to sound like a mad question (maybe one for the Questions you are too embarrassed to ask thread) but is there any mechanism anywhere that can be activated to capture the diesel emissions in tunnels like this to stop them getting into the station?  There is probably limited need (as most tunnels are electrified) but im curious to know if there has been something like this developed.
  james.au Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney, NSW
Not worried at all.  Just curious.

And suuperfreighters across the bridge?  That would be an interesting video too.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Back in the days when the XPT's had 7 passenger cars even.

The fumes would probably set off smoke/fire alarms in some Underground stations these days.