Hi, I will be passing through South Australia soon and am keen to photograph V544 and ex Westrail loco 1907. Does anyone have any tips as to where and when these locos are likely to be seen? I'm likely to spend a night in Port Augusta and as far as I know, V544 is on the coal train to Port Augusta power station and 1907 works out of Whyalla.
Well, the empty coal train leaves the Power Station each evening, and returns the following morning around dawn.
Try waiting at Stirling North where the coal line crosses the ARTC mainline. This would increase your chances of seeing other trains in addition to the "Coalie"
The loaded Coal Train comes into the power station between 0800 and 0900. The empty train goes out between 1900 and 2000. These are Approx times and this is on the "summer schedule".
If you are unfamiliar with Whyalla (as I guess are most Australians) the former BHP line cuts across the highway South from Port Augusta just before entering the town itself (you can't miss it).
(You aren't driving from WA are you? If so you should check out Ceduna and Port Lincoln too.....)
A train is sometimes seen waiting at the top of the hill for entry to the unloader at the water's edge.
If 1907 isn't there, drive down the road next to the line on the town side until it stops (near the unloader). This takes you past what passes for Whyalla loco depot. There are spots where shots can be taken despite the massive fences.
Again, if you haven't found 1907, drive out towards Iron Knob until you reach the junction from the (abandoned) old line to the new mines to the South. You can often come across a loaded train on the way in, or if one is waiting in town, waiting just beyond the junction to the new mines.
By now you should have seen one or two trains. If 1907 wasn't on either, and wasn't in loco, you just have to wait.
Usually at least one train has two 1300s and one train has two 830s (unless they've changed things). 1907 usually works with a 1300 and could be leading or trailing.
The railway is South of the Iron Knob road and largely East-West, so photos can be taken during much of the day but not always with a lit front.
If nothing is happening you could drive out to Iron Knob and look at the preserved electric loco there, but Iron Knob is the sort of place that gives junkyards a bad name. (That's a bit unkind, I guess, but old mining towns do look pretty sad, generally).
When do you expect to be at Port Augusta?
1907 is based with those jerks at Gennese Wymong Australia (GWA)
Uh, why are they jerks?
Because they took over my favourite Rail company Australian Railroad Group
I know what others say about you, but I was willing to give you the benefit of the doubt. However, it seems the rumours are true....you really are an idiot.
Sorry about that
Bing your fu
Bing, does this mean I now have to assume a opposing view?
No, because as yet it is not related to tresspassing or fence nazi's; only idiots.
NR103_Pacnat is either really stupid to not know G&W formed ARG or that it hasn't owned it for over 18 months, or he is of very low .............
Don't know for sure, but sould be staying there Tuesday night. Should be able to see the coal train Tuesday night and Wednesday morning. Where does the coal come from?
Depending how early I get to Port Augusta (coming from WA) I'll probably look for 1907 before going to Port Augusta.
Leigh Creek, in the Northern Flinders Ranges
When you get to Iron Knob, turn off and take the road directly to Whyalla. This road follows the railway (although not used between Iron Knob and Middleback Junction)
Thanks guys for your help. Hopefully in a few days I'll have photos of both locos on my website!
I didn't get to see 1907, but I got 8202/V544/8229 on the coal train going through Stirling North at 8.20am. Its a long train with 168 wagons. Even some time after the engines had gone by, the train still stretched over the horizon. On the end of the train was a flat car with what looked like a generator on it? What is that for?
Its an air compressor to supply air for the train.
I think it assisists with air for opening the bottom dump doors.
I thought it might be that. Do they switch around the locos on this train much? I saw a photo some time ago of the cola train with V544 on the front.
They only really change locos around when one is out for maintenance (mainly on the wheel lathe at Dry Creek) but it is possible to have the same loco lash up for 2 months straight. However, when one of the normal locos is out, anything that is reasonably beefy can turn up.