Kandos to Rylstone Section of Mudgee line to re-open for a day

 
  stopblock Junior Train Controller

Location: Planet Earth
Rylstone Rambler for one day only

I know it is only a short 7km section, but it is interesting to see how even small things are really possible when there are incentives that benefit the community and the politicians.

http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/3669045/rylstone-line-to-re-open-for-show-train/?cs=1233

It is a credit to the LMSR to be involved in this.

There is going to have to be a bit of work to pull this off though.
There are two level crossings that have been bitumen'd over the flangeways, fences across the track and poor condition of sleepers in Rylstone station.

Great thing to see all the same though

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  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
All they need is one viable sleeper in 4 to hold the 'Road' in place and having been involved in sledding/resleepering/rerailing projects in the 70's and 80's and seen 'The Diesel' (and others) walk over some pretty smeg track you would think a fettler's trike would have trouble traveling over, it should handle that with ease.

The last I heard the staff section was to Rylstone (1994?) even though no trains went past the 'Works' back then so if its still the 'Authorised Section', thats one less problem to be attended to.
It was reported here the CPH Tin Hare did the run to Kandos a few months ago without any major issues and I am sure the same expertise will see 'The Diesel' run to Rylstone for this event.

As for the level crossings, run the flat of a shovel over the rail head and drag the pointy end of a pick along the 'inside' of the rail down to about 25mm and sweep away any debris, part of the duties of a Gatekeeper, worked at Blackheath and Katoomba level crossings...............
  chuffa Junior Train Controller

Haven't John holland been using the section to Rylstone for trackwork displays? Couldn't nead too much work it all clears there to use it. Great news regardless
  NR58 Locomotive Fireman

It is great news hopefully they get enough people so it was worth the work. It would be nice if revenue services returned to this line Razz
  NR58 Locomotive Fireman

Has the last train ran to Charbon coal mine yet ????? Confused
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

Has the last train ran to Charbon coal mine yet ????? Confused
NR58
Yes. Clarence the only ones running at the moment.
  Throughwestmail Train Controller

Has the last train ran to Charbon coal mine yet ????? Confused
Yes. Clarence the only ones running at the moment.
nswtrains
Airly as well!
  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
According to one Signal Electrician back when the Mudgee line was closed the first time, they had made the Electric Staff section to Rylstone with an 'Intermediate' machine at the 'Works'.
When I asked him about the comment that the 'Line could be opened with "sufficient advise', he said that wouldnt happen because they (Signal Branch) had gone through and removed all the equipment from the huts between Rylstone and Mudgee, like relays and battery/power supplies and just left the level crossing Masts in place because they cost money to remove and they didnt need them.
So based on that, I would not be surprised to see whatever level crossings there are between Kandos and Rylstone will have to be flagged.
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
Rylstone Rambler for one day only

I know it is only a short 7km section, but it is interesting to see how even small things are really possible when there are incentives that benefit the community and the politicians.

http://www.mudgeeguardian.com.au/story/3669045/rylstone-line-to-re-open-for-show-train/?cs=1233

It is a credit to the LMSR to be involved in this.

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stopblock
Sounds great!! Wish I was there.

Bit of a fact check though... 'The line has been closed since 2004 and was last travelled by a railmotor in 1982. ' In the last week of November, on a weekday, 1984, I travelled on a similar Mudgee-bound train from Lithgow to Kandos to pick up a vehicle from there.
  johnboy Chief Commissioner

Location: Up the road from Gulgong
Has the last train ran to Charbon coal mine yet ????? Confused
Yes. Clarence the only ones running at the moment.
nswtrains
Airly has been operating over a year now, a few trains a week
http://www.jhrcrn.com.au/DownloadFile.asp?Action=Download&ResourceID=3026
  G Train Locomotive Driver

Regarding the last time a regularly scheduled NSW SRA passenger train ran from Lithgow to Mudgee, information at hand indicates that it was last run as a 3 car air conditioned DEB set on Saturday 30th November 1985. Road coaches replaced these services W67/68 from Monday 2nd December 1985. There were also occasional reports and photos at the time of it being replaced by locomotive hauled non air conditioned carriages. I do believe however that 620/720 2 car sets ran to Mudgee till 1982 before being replaced by the DEB sets. Could this be cause for confusion on the date in the quoted article? Both sets are in any case rail motors though.

Hope to see images of this upcoming event. I finally travelled the line by train as far as Kandos on the "Last Train to Kandos" in 2011. Amazing scenery and a great little town. Glad it wasn't actually the last train and hope that some more regular special event trains like this proposed to Rylstone may be able to run on this line in future while freight is still carried on the southern part. I hope the Rylstone Show is a success. Well done Lithgow State Mine Railway!
  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
Unless I was on the wrong shift and missed it, the one and only service to and from Mudgee daily was the 600 class and once it was 'withdrawn', Road coaches provided the service from that date onwards to today.
Its possible as a 'Special Last Train' event they ran that DEB set but it would have been for that one trip only.
Its also possible it ran as well as the daily Diesel unless the DEB set provided the Time Table service in lieu of 67/68 on that day which would be most unusual.

This was when during the next weeks we found out the Coaches were not required to carry any Departmental Correspondence or other items as the Diesel had until then.
Basically the Coaches were a Railway funded Private Service and while many of the Drivers were Guards etc who had 'transferred' to become Bus Drivers, in very short time it became apparent they only answered to the Bus Company, not the Railway.

I passed a Sydney bound Colliery at Marrangaroo mid yesterday afternoon that I took came came from Airley unless Springvale (Lidsdale Siding ) is loading which I doubt.
  G Train Locomotive Driver

OK I'm convinced the 1982 date is a mistake. I don't know how the Mudgee Guardian got that date. I'm also too early with the DEB set replacement date. So a little more research, according to the June 1985 Railway Digest "... this service, and the Orange - Lithgow shuttle (W86/87) which is integrated into the same roster, has been operated by a three-car DEB set. The Mudgee day-return schedule, previously a two-car diesel roster, is now normally a locomotive hauled train." So presumably the DEB set was used during 1985 including on its last run but was often replaced by a locomotive and non a/c carriages.

I did also find a photo of a 620 set in the snow at Lithgow on the Mudgee service dated July 1984. So two-car diesels mostly must be correct as you indicated. I guess problems must have been encountered using the DEB sets on the line to Mudgee so they didn't operate as often as intended as you observed.
  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
For a brief period, there was a service run from Bathurst to Sydney in the morning (Monday to Friday) consisting of a locomotive and 2 or 3 non A/C cars. It returned from Sydney late in the evening.
This was a precursor to the current 2 Car (Explorer?) now called the 'Bathurst Bullet'.
The original service was for 86 to run from  Orange to Lithgow to connect with an Interurban to Sydney, Monday to Saturday.
In the meantime, the Central West Express (W31) would arrive.
On its departure, the Diesel now 67 would pick up any passengers from the CWE for Mudgee and return as 68 that afternoon.
225 Pass would arrive from Sydney to terminate and when it cleared the platform, the Diesel now 87 would pick up passengers from 225 and run to Orange.
This was later changed and the Diesel went to Cowra to terminate 2 or 3 nights a week and commence from there the next day instead of Orange.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There are a series of great photos which have been submitted to the Railpage Gallery covering this event.  As a result I have created a collection in the RP Gallery.  

https://www.railpage.com.au/photos/collection/kandos-to-rylsto

Feel free to add additional photos to the collection.

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