Centenary of the Opening of the Trans Australian Railway - Port Augusta

 
  Train1959 Train Controller

HI Everyone, just a few bits and pieces.

Mamma Lou's are open for breakfast Sunday morning for anyone interested. The Rotary Club will have a "late breakfast" ...as well.

There will be parking availalbe at the high school oval (opposite the railway station) on the day. If you feel a little more energetic you can park in the CBD and walk down to the station. Just be patient as it could be very busy. Also there is a drop off point at the station archway for those with mobility issues.

Lastly please remember that this is a working railway so please take extra care on the paltform and in the vicinity of the railway station building and carpark. The Vintage cars are also in the cutting carpark so be careful with passing traffic if you go and view them.

Thank You and Enjoy the Day


Weather Forecast    Fine, Mostly Sunny with a slight southerly breeze. Top temperature 25 degrees

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  SA_trains Deputy Commissioner

Location: ACT
Thanks Train1959 for a wonderful thread. It was "must read" for me over the 100 fact journey.

Thanks!

Dan
  SA_trains Deputy Commissioner

Location: ACT
Thanks Train1959 for a wonderful thread. It was "must read" for me over the 100 fact journey.

Thanks!

Dan
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Best wishes from Melbourne - I hope that everything goes well for the big occasion.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Morning all. Have just woken up to a nice sultry morning in Port Augusta. Just attending to breakfast and will be heading down to the station in the next hour. Last night rode the PRR to wool shed flat for a dinner under the stairs. Seperate trip report to be provided.

I recorded the entire ceremony in 2012 and will look to do the same today when the formal part of the day starts. Will try and get this onto Railpage today. Reflecting talking with Fischer and albanese on that day I asked them do you think we will ever see a project of a similar size in rail again in this country. Neither were convinced. History I believe will show inland rail to,be the next one.

It is the perfect day.
  Train1959 Train Controller

Hi Everyone,

Great day yesterday in Port Augusta with plenty of people in attendance.

Thanks to everyone to attended and to all those who have followed this thread over the past 6 months.

I will leave a summary of the day to Bevans as I may be a bit too parochial !

When's the next big milestone???!!!
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
By all means train1959 please provide your comments.  I am gradually typing up an overview of the weekend which I will post as soon as possible.  In the mean time pelase see some video action below of the weekend.



https://youtu.be/XpdHBJzCAB4

The train now departing for Stirling North with a healthy number of people.  I actually took the first shuttle around 11.30am.



https://youtu.be/XpdHBJzCAB4

Having just seen the old now we see the new as NR111 leads 6PM7 off the TAR and into Port Augusta on the way to Melbourne.



https://youtu.be/mu48X-1PX0M

Travelling back to Adelaide for the evening 5455S was approaching Crystal Brook so decided to wait for the train.



https://youtu.be/zfmyaBEcWog

it was fantastic to see 141 in steam for I was told the first time since 1968.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The new sign at Port Augusta (not sure what you would call it) commemorating the opening of the railway.

  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Thanks for all these updates and videos.   Much appreciated.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Thanks for all these updates and videos.   Much appreciated.
Trainplanner

My pleasure.  I have an Uni Exam next week and will work toward cataloging all the media and getting it online.  I am dragging and dropping some photos into: https://www.railpage.com.au/gallery?album=centenary-of-the-opening-of-th
  VicRailNews Station Master

Hi Everyone,

Great day yesterday in Port Augusta with plenty of people in attendance.

Thanks to everyone to attended and to all those who have followed this thread over the past 6 months.

I will leave a summary of the day to Bevans as I may be a bit too parochial !

When's the next big milestone???!!!
Train1959

Thanks so much for your thread @Train1959 is has been compelling reading.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
CR Locomotive 141 in steam at Port Augusta



  Train1959 Train Controller

Here is a link to an article in the local "Transcontinental Newspaper".

http://www.transcontinental.com.au/story/5004295/a-tooting-good-time/?cs=5812
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Was a wonderful event, hats off to all involved.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
For those involved it must have been a very proud day indeed.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
It truly was the greatest of weekends and has served to only make me more interested in South Australia an undiscovered GEM. Congratulations to all who were involved in the celebrations.
  DJPeters Deputy Commissioner

CR Locomotive 141 in steam at Port Augusta



bevans
It is a ex SAR locomotive Bevans although it may have run on CR controlled track at some stage though but this loco started it's life with the SAR and ended it's life with SAR and was never sold by them.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Much appreciate the updates @DJPeters as SA rolling stock and track are a little foreign to this Victorian.  B
  DJPeters Deputy Commissioner

Not a problem Bevans always willing to let interstater's know about things!Cool
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Some action from Saturday



https://youtu.be/8xBcxC4gN7k
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
And another one for the day (Saturday)



https://youtu.be/GxTBsyNgNco
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
And another one for the day (Saturday)



https://youtu.be/GxTBsyNgNco
bevans
A few flat wheels even some very close to the relay van.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gQC1Sw0wy6o
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Great post, bevans. Fascinating documentary of Port Augusta and the Commonwealth Railways from 1963.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Sorry Spletsie 1953

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