I thought the same. When Auscision announced that 4634 had sold out, the only other 46 class in that colour scheme left to order was 4620. I must admit, seeing that as the next option for a 46 in tuscan with yellow lining, buffers, and a brown roof, I thought about the accident. That pause was enough to jolt me from a pre-christmas, buy-all-of-the-trains trance and realise that my Central West secondary main line layout does not need a 46 class.
Considering that the colour scheme was applied in the late 1960's and 4620 never ran again after January 1977, it's an interesting choice.
Perhaps not one for the purists, but there's nothing stopping the fans of the loco in that scheme from buying it and running it with post-1977 rollingstock.
No, I definitely do not need a 46 class.
There's different ways to look at this.
I was driving on ETR on the day of Granville, the train I worked was the old Heron from Emu Plains that ran in front of the mountains service hauled by 4620. The heron was an express service, after leaving Parramatta Redfern was next stop. On arrival at Central, I was told that normal diagram working was cancelled owing to the Granville derailment & was to continue to Hornsby Car sheds & would be advised of my next work, which would have seen me work back via Stathfield to Central & go home finishing around 1100. Instead, like many others I worked on till around 1500 & was taken home by Taxi owing to long hours on duty.
Rather than go on with the remaining events of the day, & we know most of them especially those who sadly perished, also the ungoing attacks against the Eveleigh driver accused of speeding & the like. However, maybe a better way to look at it is that the crew of 4620 did survive, against probably a lot of odds, they suffered as a result, as did the many rescuers, ambo's, police & ordinary people who came together to assist where they could. Those others on the railways at the time also gave their all to what was a very dramatic & sad day, which is etched into the minds of all.
Yes the sorrow was there & still is, however the known work of others as well as the untold work of many more also deserves to be remembered & maybe in some small way a minature model of the locomotive involved may instead be something to remember the even by. Bare also in mind had it not been for Granville the likelhood of more of the runing down of the system may well have continued rather than the large scale investments that came as a result of it.