The "Southern Steam Spectacular" Tour 2021

 
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Couldn't see any other threads about it, but Cruise Express and Steamrail are currently running the "Southern Steam Spectacular", beginning with the first K Class to Sea Lake since 1970 and tomorrow will be running the first A2 to Bendigo since that era as well.

Here's my video of the first days' action from Maryborough to Wycheproof:



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DEDzH3WVcFA

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  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Video from day 2 including the reopening of Wycheproof turntable:





https://youtu.be/9Fm9bwsX0nw
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I must say I'm surprised that it has been so long since an A2 has been to Bendigo. I thought A2 986 had been there since being restored but I'm obviously wrong.

Either way, It has been an amazing few days for a steam enthusiast in Victoria.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
I must say I'm surprised that it has been so long since an A2 has been to Bendigo. I thought A2 986 had been there since being restored but I'm obviously wrong.

Either way, It has been an amazing few days for a steam enthusiast in Victoria.
Gman_86

It ran up as far as Castlemaine back in 2017 as part of a DVR tour but didn't get the whole way to Bendigo. It's also made it to Echuca via Toolamba a couple of years back as well.

For the record, the last operational A2 in Bendigo was likely A2 884 on the 30/9/1961 on the Deniliquin Daylight tour.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Video from day 2 including the reopening of Wycheproof turntable:

Greensleeves
Great.
Thanks for sharing both videos.
  Carnot Minister for Railways

A special shout out to some of the line-side idiots this afternoon. A2 looks great. But morons running across tracks - not great.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
A special shout out to some of the line-side idiots this afternoon. A2 looks great. But morons running across tracks - not great.
Carnot
And while Carnot was spotting Morons, I spotted a Village Idiot on the train Rolling Eyes first video 7:03 offender opens window and throws rubbish out. This NimbRod could do with a size 12 in the Ar$e with simillar ferocity that Malcolm Blight would use to kick a 75 meter torpedo through the Arden St goals.

Second video, Callum has been throwing the brand new wooden sleepers out here and there, elbow's are out when in peoples shooting vision and 25:01 spectator hits the deck, hope they are ok.

Two of the carriages have a 3 axle wheel set at either end ? Hmm what's that about ? 3 steam loco's pulling the consist from Maryborough to Ballarat, you would think it would be a very long time since that occurred. And well done Greensleeves.

BigShunter.

Edit: nearly forgot, here's a news clip I was sent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VrmvAb-u2_A
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Incidentally, A2'986 put in a sterling performance running solo into Bendigo yesterday morning.  Huntly Bank (1 in 100) was dispatched at over 40 km/h with around 600 tons on the drawbar (ruling grade load about 700T).  Back of the envelope calc tells me that's getting close to 1100 HP.  (Modified Front End A2 are meant to output about 1240 HP at 50 Km/h).
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Two of the carriages have a 3 axle wheel set at either end ? Hmm what's that about ? 3 steam loco's pulling the consist from Maryborough to Ballarat, you would think it would be a very long time since that occurred. And well done Greensleeves.
BigShunter

Thanks BigShunter, the six wheel bogies are the original bogies that the E type cars were built with, though some (like Goulburn and 12AE in this consist) later got the four wheel SOP bogies from the S Cars.

Anyway, video of days four through six is now up, covering the first operational A2 to Bendigo in approximately 60 years.



https://youtu.be/dHeq5LBnvYo
  route14 Chief Commissioner

It's impressive that the passenger cars were so heavy to have necessitated three-axle bogies.  Historically in China Chairman Mao's dedicated carriage had them due to the weight of the bullet-proof glass windows and side paneling.  Among the operational non-locomotive fleet the power vans that operate on the Qinghai - Tibet Railway, the longest and highest plateau railway in the world, have three-axle bogies.  The generators are very powerful, which is responsible for powering the oxygen generators in the passenger consist.
  steamfreak Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wodonga, VIC
Video from day 2 including the reopening of Wycheproof turntable:





https://youtu.be/9Fm9bwsX0nw
Greensleeves
Great video work.  Hmmm - K153 doing burnouts down the main street of Wycheproof!  The police could have impounded the loco!  Smile
  steamfreak Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wodonga, VIC
Two of the carriages have a 3 axle wheel set at either end ? Hmm what's that about ? 3 steam loco's pulling the consist from Maryborough to Ballarat, you would think it would be a very long time since that occurred. And well done Greensleeves.

Thanks BigShunter, the six wheel bogies are the original bogies that the E type cars were built with, though some (like Goulburn and 12AE in this consist) later got the four wheel SOP bogies from the S Cars.

Anyway, video of days four through six is now up, covering the first operational A2 to Bendigo in approximately 60 years.



https://youtu.be/dHeq5LBnvYo
Greensleeves
More great footage!  A nice (?) prime by the A2 on Huntly Bank...
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

It's impressive that the passenger cars were so heavy to have necessitated three-axle bogies.  Historically in China Chairman Mao's dedicated carriage had them due to the weight of the bullet-proof glass windows and side paneling.  Among the operational non-locomotive fleet the power vans that operate on the Qinghai - Tibet Railway, the longest and highest plateau railway in the world, have three-axle bogies.  The generators are very powerful, which is responsible for powering the oxygen generators in the passenger consist.
route14
Six wheel bogies under coaching stock are not principally for heavy loads, but for the superior ride qualities they provided before airbag suspension became a thing.
  hbedriver Assistant Commissioner

Spoke to both loco crews last night at Newport. Both locos had full ash pans, with lots of fines through the coal and few lumps, affecting fires and thus steaming. Bad water as well, both locos had poor water, Priming even with half a glass.

I reckon they will enjoy those comfy V’locity trains today!
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Lucky the tour happened last weekend and not this one!

It was the most significant steam train tour since the late-1980s in Vic.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
The footage that's been posted here has been excellent, but I'm surprised that there aren't a lot more photographers/video makers represented.
I thought that an event like this would have cameramen (oops, camerapersons) coming out of the wood work.
  steamfreak Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wodonga, VIC
The footage that's been posted here has been excellent, but I'm surprised that there aren't a lot more photographers/video makers represented.
I thought that an event like this would have cameramen (oops, camerapersons) coming out of the wood work.
Valvegear
Here are a couple I have put together so gfar:



https://youtu.be/lcZnExuy2lE



https://youtu.be/giSK4mam1zg



https://youtu.be/xozcKRF34U4



https://youtu.be/k0AEq3fhPHA

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