Sorry people that this is a little late and a little long winded but please bare with me.
The wife and I were holidaying from NSW to South Australia recently to photograph The Ghan engines leading the Ghan and also Freightlink's FQ loco's in action. We left Murray Bridge (after spending two nights there)early on Friday 8/04/05 to photograph The Ghan at Two Wells and what do we get, flipping vanilla NR's (88 and another unidentified NR) leading The Ghan (DISAPPOINTED !!!!!!), geez I felt really cheated, to go all the way to photograph The Ghan with The Ghan engines on the front (which was the main reason to go over there in the first place) and all I get was vanilla NR's, ARRRGGGGHHHHH !!!!
Once the blood pressure went down, we slowly made our way up to Port Augusta and we stopped at Crystal Brook and we started to look around for a spot to get the Sydney bound Indian Pacific which turned up on time and surprise, surprise, it had NR109 and DL39 leading. That eased the pain of the morning. But wait, there's more
The following morning Saturday 9/04/05, at Port Augusta we got NR74 leading 7YN2 and on the Monday morning 11/04/05 we had one last check of Spencer Junction yard before we left to go home and by crikey there was NR75 ready to depart for Sydney with 7PS6 (A train we followed as far as Jamestown) and AN3 was sitting in yard. All 4 Ghan engines in 4 days, I was now very happy.
Hopefully, some of the mystery surrounding the whereabouts of the Ghan engines during that time period has been solved
Off topic, 7LA8 had AN9 leading and it was about 6 hours late. We get the shot in pouring at Crystal Brook and yes I got FQ04 leading an ALF on 7AD1 at Port Germain on Saturday 9/04/05.