Red & Silver Ghan loco sightings

 
  witsend Chief Commissioner

Location: Front RH Seat of a School Bus
Unfortunatley no, I don't have a photo. I was at Victor Habour (80km south of Adelaide) to get a photograph.

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  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
NR's 74 and 109 took the Ghan out of the topend yesterday.
  GoneLoco Junior Train Controller

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.

Regards Ray
  witsend Chief Commissioner

Location: Front RH Seat of a School Bus
It has been my experience that Vanilla NRs generally lead the 6AL8/7LA8 (guess it was late last week :P)

Normally on Friday Nights, I see one of the Ghan NRs go through on AM5 to Melbourne and return Sunday Morning.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
I will have to check my notes, but I think the missing number for the Vanilla that was with 88 is 24 and the ALF with FQ04 would have mostlikely been 21. I saw them together about a week later.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
The turntable in Berrimah has been fixed tempararly. The triangle in Katherine is getting worked on this week.

Almost forgot, NR75 and NR71 on the Ghan this week. NR74 is/was out of action due to the airconditioning failing.
  EL60 Chief Commissioner

Location: left
NR109 & AN3 might be on different Freight trains what happened to NR74 Surprised
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
As I have stated in the post above your's, the aircon failed. While getting that fixed it looks like it is getting a service. It is also due to visit a wheel lathe, anyone know where they go for this ?
  witsend Chief Commissioner

Location: Front RH Seat of a School Bus
As I have stated in the post above your's, the aircon failed. While getting that fixed it looks like it is getting a service. It is also due to visit a wheel lathe, anyone know where they go for this ?
"Shacks"


Generally, it will visit EDI Maintenance at Dry Creek in Adelaide for wheel lathing.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Thanks Whitsend, I knew it would not be done in Melbourne. The one there is a BG one only.
  jumbo Locomotive Driver

Shacks,if your refering to where the NR's get wheel machined it is in Melbourne at Spotswood.They will never do them anywhere else unless it is a last resort.Its not a lathe ,its actually a milling machine.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Thanks Jumbo, a friend who works there has never mentoined machineing of wheels, so I thought it must be done elsewhere.
  E1109 Minister for Railways

Location: Bright sunny Darwin
NR75 was on todays Ghan to/from Alice, it was also behind NR71 from darwin on Thursday morning.
  Sparra Locomotive Driver

G'day all, sorry for this being off topic Shacks, on Friday morning, as we were leaving on 6DA2, the turntable at Berrimah had a hole around 2 metres deep dug where the offending drain colapsed, it also revealed that the turntable was constructed on the landfill soil, read mud, and that the concrete that was poured is only around 3 inches thick, the plan now is to gradually dig around the table, and back fill the 2 metre holes with concrete, thus giving it a sturdier base,..........Jim
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Thanks for the info Sparra, I might have to climb the hill next to the fence for a decent high view photo of the works.
  ike1 Assistant Commissioner

while the extra ghan service is running and if nothing goes wrong and the turntable at berrimah is not repaired  

the ghan ad8 on sun /weds  will depart adelaide with 1 nr on it
on arrival at alice an3 will be attached as 2nd unit facing south for berrimah
the ghan da8 on weds/thurs will dept berrimah with an3 as lead unit nr as second unit
on arrival at katherine nr will be turned on triangle and become lead unit to alice
on arrival at alice an3 detached and fuelled and made ready to go back to berrimah
da8 will then go onto adel will only a nr on it

ike 1 in alice
  E1109 Minister for Railways

Location: Bright sunny Darwin
I thought I saw only one engine bring the Ghan into Alice this afternoon at around 2.00pm (NR11), the lead out of Alice this afternoon is NR11 leading AN3
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
I will be heading down when it arrives around 6pm tommorow arvo. Looks like I will be visiting on Saturday around 10 am aswell to get some photo's of the pointy loco on the pointy end. Next weekend i will be in Katherine so I will have a go at getting up to the triangle for some photo's. Work crews were there today finishing off the replacement of about 50 sleepers.
  Mrs_Australia Junior Train Controller

Location: Meckering WA
One of the Gahn NRs was Eastbound through here just before dark this arvo. Sorry I couldn't see which one it was. Bang HeadVery Happy
  ike1 Assistant Commissioner

could u let us no where here is please mrs australia

ike 1 in alice where the trains go north and south
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
NR11 lead AN3, 3 car carriers and 29 pass cars into Darwin tonight at about 18:15 hrs to a fantastic sunset. I will add the photo's to my gallery when I get back to Katherine on Monday. I will be heading to the station to get a shot of AN3 on the point in the morniong.
Something else of note was the freight train that was in the yards, it was being unloaded. The loco's still had the crew cars, yes, there was 2 on this one, at the southern end. It had a FQ (Facing north) and a ALF (Facing south), it looked like it had not been there long. The fuel truck had just finished when the Ghan arrived.
  Mrs_Australia Junior Train Controller

Location: Meckering WA
ike 1, "here" is Meckering in W.A. where the line runs east-west. Very Happy
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
I have started a new topic regarding the turn table at Berrimah (Darwin).
  EMD Locomotive Driver

Location: Up the top
Yep...the Ghan was right up the clacker of 4AD1.....only 20 minutes behind or 1 blockpoint!
  E1109 Minister for Railways

Location: Bright sunny Darwin
NR46 was on todays Ghan to Alice Springs from Adelaide.

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