Old line to Alice on Youtube

 
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p

Four pictures below concern the once operating railway museum
at Alice Springs. 

"reidgck"


Thanks for posting the photos. How far did the tourist railway go? I'm assuming there isn't much chance of it ever returning to operation :/

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  jt393 Assistant Commissioner

Location: los jinetes enmascarados' clubhouse
There's another show comes into mind, similar to the shows that Ted Egan presented, and that's Jack Absalom's Australian Collection Videos.

On the episode: Jack Absalom's The Bridsville Track (you can see a YouTube video preview of it), Jack arrives in Marree at dusk, a scene where the full moon is up and owls hooting, the next scene was a rude awakening because GM22 was blowing it's horn to let everyone know in Marree that the train has arrived and giving the township their weekly supplies.
I reckon it was a funny moment because the dusk scene was peaceful but the next scene wasn't because GM22's horn was a wake up call.
Jack explains on the current service to Marree (circa 1980's?), and when he finished it, the next scene was when GM22 came up close to Jack (while he was standing on the platform) and gave him a fright from the horn of the Bulldog.

Dusk to Dawn scene: 1 min 20 sec mark & GM22 giving Jack a fright scene: 2 min mark. This is for the people who haven't seen the DVD nor the Youtube preview, check it out it's good stuff.

Another good railway moment in video. Jack's a great person, a legend.

JT
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I thought Jack Absalom died a year or so back.
  reidgck Locomotive Fireman


Four pictures below concern the once operating railway museum
at Alice Springs. 

"reidgck"


Thanks for posting the photos. How far did the tourist railway go? I'm assuming there isn't much chance of it ever returning to operation :/
"VRfan"


When I was last in Alice Springs a year ago the railway had long been closed.
The web site page below would make it seem the line is still open but its surely unlikely
and the page would likely pre-date the closure.
The museum attendant told me the closure
was because of washaways and it was beyond the Society to repair the damage -- although it
no doubt could be repaired with some help. 

http://www.roadtransporthall.com/museums/old-ghan.html

The following text is from the website above and explains the information
you asked about.

The Old Ghan Heritage Railway Today:
The original narrow gauge (3ft 6ins) railway is closed, and the most of the original track has been removed. However,approximately 10km is still maintained for the Old Ghan to take tourists on excursions back in time.

The Old Ghan Heritage Railway is located at MacDonnell Siding, 10km south of Alice Springs, where there is a 1930s-style railway station built from the plans originally intended for Stuart (Alice Springs). The display area includes the station, museum, souvenir shop, tea rooms and restored locomotives and carriages.

The Old Ghan Rolling Stock:
The real deal - Old Ghan NSU 58 diesel electric locomotive.
When the Old Ghan runs these days, it is usually hauled by a diesel locomotive, with the steam engine being used on special occassions. It travels to Mt. Ertiva 8kms down the track further south. Your support will assist the Old Ghan Heritage Railway to gradually restore to some of its former glory this monument to Australian transport history.

There is a good picture of the tourist Ghan at the address below:

http://www.roadtransporthall.com/images/stories/ghan2.jpg

  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
The whole process looks very effective and efficent although the sleepers probably mostly RS are left behind
  reidgck Locomotive Fireman

The whole process looks very effective and efficent although the sleepers probably mostly RS are left behind
"RTT_Rules"


Generally, old sleepers they were left behind. Some better ones might have been recovered but am not sure. When works were at William Creek they had a big bon fire of them at the pub one night when I was there.

Old sleepers can even be found on the long closed and dismantled former narrow gauge right of way between Leigh Creek and Marree and even to and beyond Hawker from Quorn--  where the newer standard gauge line wasn't built along the same alignment as the narrow gauge; -- the narrow once ran all the way between Port Augusta and Marree.

When the standard gauge was built to the Leigh Creek coal fields to transport coal for the Port Augusta power station more efficiently, it was extended also a bit further to Marree thus Marree became a dual gauge location and trans-shipment point for all goods and passengers going to Alice Springs.

When the standard gauge was finally pulled up between Leigh Creek and Marree, the sleepers had also been taken at the locations I inspected a few years ago. Good quality ballast was left behind though; at least in the places I saw.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
I love this reference in Wiki

"The original Ghan was notorious for washouts and other delays on the line, and the flatcar immediately behind the tender carried spare sleepers and railway tools, so that if a washout was encountered the passengers and crew could work as a railway gang to repair the line and permit the train to continue. This appalling service was tolerated because steam trains needed water, and Stuart's route to Alice Springs was the only one that had available water."

I've also read about the driver carrying a rifle such that in times of delay he could shoot kanagroos to feed the pax.

While completely unviable, I would have loved for a long distant NG line, say 500km like the Old Ghan or even Yaraka Line in Qld to have been left open such that tourists could be taken for train rides that lasts a about 2 days, no AC, open to the fly's, no nice ballasted track, dust, etc. Stop to do repair the track required as part of your ticket. Kanagroo meat (optional) as part of the open fired cooking. I know Savanlander is a up close and personal railway experience, but probably not Old Ghan style.

Thanks for the Video

regards
Shane
  reidgck Locomotive Fireman

I don't know if this has been seen before, but I couldn't find any reference to it. But the video is quite historic, The NSU's sulzer sounds awesome. enjoy

Bigwato
The video is now at:


Pulling up the Old Central Australia Railway near Bopeechee May 1983 by reidgck
  sulzer Junior Train Controller

Location: QLD
You will be surprised when it gets restored

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