Here's my video of the first days' action from Maryborough to Wycheproof:
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.
A special shout out to some of the line-side idiots this afternoon. A2 looks great. But morons running across tracks - not great.And while Carnot was spotting Morons, I spotted a Village Idiot on the train 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.
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.
More great footage! A nice (?) prime by the A2 on Huntly Bank...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.
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.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.
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.Here are a couple I have put together so gfar:
I thought that an event like this would have cameramen (oops, camerapersons) coming out of the wood work.