Seeking Upper Hunter Location Advice

  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

I will be in Newcastle early March and while I have lived on opposing sides of the country for sometime now I continuously promise myself that next time I return 'home' I'll spend a day or two out with my camera further afield than Maitland

Would the learned members of RPA be able to advise me on how much further I'd need to go to encounter some variety in scenery without compromising on movements. I am thinking GNR on a Tuesday - can leave Monday afternoon to avoid a super early start before a long day

Failing this I've also promised myself time and time again that I'd concentrate on port activity (Carrington and Kooragang), but that's possibly for another thread/visit...

Thanks in advance

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  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

You can expect to see lots of coal trains and a bit of other activity between Maitland and Singleton.

Most of the road bridges over the railway provide good photographic vantage points.

There are bridges near stations at Greta, Lochinvar and Branxton.

If you have a vehicle it is worth going further and checking out Pothana Lane, Hermitage Road and Golden Highway.
  mikado5910 Chief Train Controller

Location: Kurri Kurri NSW
It really depends what your looking for. There is variety in liveries if not loco types on the coal trains west of Maitland, and you have the Cobar/Broken Hill ore trains and northwest container trains along with any grain that is running.

The new road overbridge at Lochinvar provides a fine view, especially for Up trains. You will have plenty of coalies, possibly an empty ore train, and depending on the day a Down Freightliner intermodal towards Narrabri mid- to late-afternoon.

Further north, the road overbridge at Ardglen, also provides good views in both directions. For the Up Freightliner intermodal out of Narrabri, you might need to be up that far, as the master train plan has it through there at 1603, and if it is held up anywhere, the light might be gone further south. The QUBE intermodals are night runners in both directions.

Closer to Newcastle, the Crawfords train out of Sandgate is about to lose its C class power, as new locos are outshopped from Goninans, so that may be an opportunity for you to get the last of those.

Have a look at the new MTP which is to commence on 6 March. That may help you decide which days to venture out.

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