Bluebird Railcars

 
  sarail Chief Commissioner

Location: Redwood Park, Adelaide, South Australia
Does anyone know what is happening with the ex. Bluebird Rail Systems SG railcar set (Ie. 254, 255, 106, 104??) The two unpowered cars are out in the open on the Churchill road side of Islington Workshops, along with BMC1. Where have the 250's gone????? The January edition of catchpoint states that they could well be sold to an eastern states company for tourist running.

Steamranger...........could you guys do something to preserve the consist???? therefore keeping it in SA.. You've got nearly every other type of railcar at Goolwa or Mt.Barker Smile

The Barossa Wine Train looks in need of a paint job!!! I see it nearly every Thursday, and over the past few months, the consists roof has turned from Silver, to grey and is now turning brown, not to mention the blue has now TOTALLY lost its shine...if this train is such a world class tourist train, one would think that fair aust could do something to give them a repaint.

regards,
Pete Michalak

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  aj666 Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
There are stories floating around that interstate intrests have brought the standard gauge set. To whom, where , why , what and how is still something for the rumor boys to run rampant with for a while!
  Paul Train Controller

any news on the sale of the Barossa wine train?
  sarail Chief Commissioner

Location: Redwood Park, Adelaide, South Australia
So is the SG set still at Islington?? There is a single 100 class which can be seen off churchill road, but other than that there dont seem to ber any other down there.
  aj666 Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
News is the standard gauge Bluebird set is now in Victoria. I cant confirm this but it could be interesting Twisted Evil
  Paul Train Controller

If anyone is interested "Grand Corporate Rail " was involed in the runing of the Bluebirds in S.A. for the tourist run around the state,they were/are?situated at 149 Flinders st. Adelaide.
  sarail Chief Commissioner

Location: Redwood Park, Adelaide, South Australia
They went to Melbourne originally, but they v/line didn't use them or the passenger loadings were too low, for it to work.... thus they returned to Adelaide, were painted correctly and seriously used for a short time, before GNR went bust, due to the drought.
  BlueBird 255 Chief Train Controller

Location: Victoria
So the BlueBirds are no longer in SA
A sad day
  sarail Chief Commissioner

Location: Redwood Park, Adelaide, South Australia
The Barossa Wine Train is stored at Islington Wks, awaiting a buyer.  Hope to see them back in service soon!
  sarail Chief Commissioner

Location: Redwood Park, Adelaide, South Australia
From what I understand 254 is still at Islington (On Standard Gauge) and 251, 102, 107? (on frieght bogies behind ASR admin block at Islington) and 252 are still at Islington in operable condition.
  Paul Train Controller

so which of the no.railcars belong to the Barossa set?
  Paul Train Controller

For anyone who might be interested i have sent a letter to the Minister of transport about the remaining set of Bluebirds.

Dear sir,
After having read that the Barossa Wine Train is up for sale and its possibility of heading interstate I cant understand why South Australia has to loose another tourist rail attraction,we have already lost one set of the South Australian built Bluebird railcars which was finally starting to get on its feet until the public liability insurance made this "S.A.historic" tourist rail sold to Victoria.I realise that the BWT is a privately run organisation but cant help wondering what the governments views are on loosing this piece of S.A.working history.? Has the S.A government looked into taking over the rail and running it as part of the South Australian tourist promotion for our great state? Many in this state feel that we have lost to much of our rail infrastructure already and feel that after twenty years of decline need to see some positive views for the rebuilding of our rail system in this state
What are the labour governments Views,and policies on these issues?
So far this is the response.

The Minister for Transport, Industrial Relations, and Recreation, Sport and Racing, Hon Michael Wright MP, has asked me to acknowledge your email of 14 April 2003 regarding railways in South Australia.

The matters you have raised are currently being examined.

A reply will be forwarded to you at the earliest opportunity.

If anyone else feels the need may i suggest that they also send a letter of concern about this or any other matters to do with our rail system in S.A.to our Minister for Transport.
  sarail Chief Commissioner

Location: Redwood Park, Adelaide, South Australia
so which of the no.railcars belong to the Barossa set?
"Paul"


Paul,
Barossa Wine Trains railcar set is 250 class railcars 251 and 252 plus 100 class car 102.
  BlueBird 255 Chief Train Controller

Location: Victoria
Does anybody know when was the last time 255/106/254 ran in south australia on a trip?
And where was it going?
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
I was in Adelaide this weekend and I noticed that there were a few delerict Bluebirds - one was 258 and there were several more , all heavily graffitied and with rust and smashed windows. Which ones are they? What is going on with these cars?  There would be a few people in Victoria that would be interested in doing them up...
  standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
The Barossa Wine Train is stored at Islington Wks, awaiting a buyer.  Hope to see them back in service soon!
"sarail"


The trailer has been sold
  standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
If anyone is interested "Grand Corporate Rail " was involed in the runing of the Bluebirds in S.A. for the tourist run around the state,they were/are?situated at 149 Flinders st. Adelaide.
"Paul"


Insurance crisis made them stop running tour trains and sold their BMC1, 2 to GSR

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