XPTs on the Harbour Bridge

 
  Bevan Wall Assistant 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.
BW.


https://youtu.be/-U2lem2LitI

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  SinickleBird Train Controller

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

Exhaust fumes in the station looked a bit nasty.

Thanks for sharing,
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

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 Deputy 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 Chief Commissioner

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

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 Chief Commissioner

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: no longer in Sydney
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.
  Bevan Wall Assistant Commissioner

Not worried at all.  Just curious.

And suuperfreighters across the bridge?  That would be an interesting video too.
james.au
They were usually hauled by electric locos. By the time National Rail took over and the electrics were scrapped, freight trains were banned from the Underground due to the belief that they were too heavy for the infrastructure.
BW


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=496Ol0r2nZU
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Great video Bevan.

Where were these trains originating from?  And were they only temporarily running through the underground due to issues on the Main North or was this something a little more regular?
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: no longer in Sydney
And what even looked like fuel tank wagons too - imagine that today!!
  Bevan Wall Assistant Commissioner

Brilliant, Bevan (as always).

Exhaust fumes in the station looked a bit nasty.

Thanks for sharing,
SinickleBird
If you think the XPT was smoky, check out the fumes being emitted by the alcos in these videos, not too mention exhaust from a steam loco!

Earlier this year Sydney Trains ran a trial through the City Circle to see if the exhaust from the 1200 class gen sets was low enough to meet the current work cover limits on fumes in the tunnels/stations. I tried to get permission to record the test train from one of the platforms. The request worked its way up the "chain of command" but was eventually declined. The operational conditions that have to be implemented today if a diesel hauled train is permitted to pass through the Underground basically require that the public and any non-essential staff be "evacuated'' from the station, with those remaining being issued with breathing apparatus. I wonder what the people who design these work cover rules would make of the scenes shown in these videos! By the way, the 1200s failed the test. I hear that Sydney Trains are now going to trial the use of a preserved 86 class.
BW.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=em_9lnBaMDY



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8lmX8h0oAdI



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iuGuQZp8J8s
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: no longer in Sydney
Great video Bevan.

Where were these trains originating from?  And were they only temporarily running through the underground due to issues on the Main North or was this something a little more regular?
james.au
The caption at the beginning said it was due to a weekend shutdown, presumably between Strathfield and Hornsby.

So you either hold everything, or divert via the city.

I do recall that many moons back that the Southern Aurora did the city circle once, due to a signalling error. Passengers were apparently offloaded at Platform 16 before the train went on its 'tour'.
  Bevan Wall Assistant Commissioner

Great video Bevan.

Where were these trains originating from?  And were they only temporarily running through the underground due to issues on the Main North or was this something a little more regular?
james.au
These were regular northern freights diverted due to the main north being closed over Easter 1993 for track work between Hornsby and Strathfield.
BW
  Bevan Wall Assistant Commissioner

I wonder what else Bevan might have stashed elsewhere he doesnt know about.... Wink
james.au
After an extensive search of every nook and cranny in the house last weekend I think I can safely say there are no more  "lost treasures" to be found. The only other gem I found was this scene. The one minute of video was at the start of a tape. Nothing else was on it. I must have forgotten it had been used and just assumed it was blank. Lucky I had not recorded over it!
BW


https://youtu.be/0p2SzLawp5Y
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bevan picture quality is no problem when shoing old stuff, does not matter if it is blurred, damaged etc. Really. If it waslabeleed top notch, maybe.But we can takeit !

Thanks for the continued shareing too

David
  Just The Tip Locomotive Driver

Location: Danger zone
The high standard as always Bevan. It should be recognised just how valuable a contribution you have made to recording history over the decades. Not just the trains but locations, infrastructure, passing traffic, etc.

The only thing missing for me was the odd red power car / carriage remaining. Or where they all painted blue by then?

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