Darwin Observations (Was: Fun at Berrimah)

 
  GDRMCo Junior Train Controller

Location: Darwin
I had some fun Friday 6th down at Berrimah, its a long story and I'll spare the details, now onto the pix.

Berrimah looking in from the Berrimah Rd crossing.

Close up of ALF18 on the ore train.

FQ01 and ALF23 sit with a FL crew car, best pic of the morning I reckon.

Close up of the dynamic duo.

CFCLA CHQY ore/ballast hopper.

Berrimah looking east.

Berrimah looking west.

FQ01, looks like its hit something, the pilot was a bit wonky from what I could see.

Poor FQWY, already been graffitied.

More FQWY's.

TOFC ramp.

FQCY, too long to fit into one pic.

What I beleive to be the ore unloader.
Theres a long story as to why I only took 26 or so photo's, there would've been more if...............................................................didn't happen.

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  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
did you get a vist from the yard foreman ?
I have been told to go away from the big mound of dirt next to the yards. Then 15 miutes later the same guy was happy to let me go inside the gate and take photo's...
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Thanks for that GDRMCo. It's great to see some photos of the Darwin Railway operating, on Railpage.

Geoffrey
  GDRMCo Junior Train Controller

Location: Darwin
did you get a vist from the yard foreman ?
I have been told to go away from the big mound of dirt next to the yards. Then 15 miutes later the same guy was happy to let me go inside the gate and take photo's...
"Shacks"


I was there pretty early and didn't get hassled, I went to the Office but couldn't be stuffed with the paper work so I sat up on the big hill.
  ike1 Assistant Commissioner

hey shacks good day

the bearded one is no longer in charge of fl frieght terminal
has gone back to driving for gwa on muckaty train

new man in charge of yard now


ike still sick
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Seems like the crew car on the ore train is between the two ALF's, am I correct?
Is that how it normally runs?
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Thanks Ike, I might go back and try my luck then.

Yes that is how the ore train runs, the crew car has MU running through it. It saves them turning the loco's.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Thanks Shacks  Smile
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
I am still yet to photograph the train out on the line. I will have a crack at it this week if my shifts fit the trains schedule........
  Dodge10 Chief Commissioner

The humidity must play havoc with camera's in the top end....great shots of daily workings though. Very Happy
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
I only have a problem when I have the aircon really cranked up and it is early in the day, then I will get the lens fog up, but generally I drive with the widdow open, so I don't have the problem, plus, the aicon in my car is not all that good.
  GDRMCo Junior Train Controller

Location: Darwin
Went down this arvo for some more photo's. The freight was late so I missed out on getting pix of it, but I got some pix of the Ghan and the ore train. On to the pix....

ALF21 sitting idle with ALF18 trailing.

NR74 with AN3 heading back to the passenger terminal, best pic of the day, cept for that bloody light pole in the way.

FJ104 sitting idle with what looks to be an AKOY (do they even exist?).

NR74 cab shot.

Better NR74 cab shot, I think.

AN3 cab shot.

AN3 side on.
Thats all for Sunday 8th October.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
I got word early in the day that the freight had left Katherine on time with a FQ on the front. I gave up waiting for it at 6:45pm. I have no idea what happened to it.
  Guss Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
good pics Mitchell, good to see the ops of Darwin! I will have to pop up there one day and go for a Gunzel with you!

I'll show you how it's done  Razz


Cheers,

Guss
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Mitchell, some nice shots there.

Have you considered turning the date imprint function off, as it detracts from the pics a bit. For most digital cameras today the EXIF data stored in the image will tell you the time and date whe picture was taken when you open it on the computer.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Great pics, Thanks Mitchell  Very Happy
  GDRMCo Junior Train Controller

Location: Darwin
No problem guys, its always an adventure when I head down to Berrimah, especially Fridays events.....
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
No problem guys, its always an adventure when I head down to Berrimah, especially Fridays events.....
"GDRMCo"


On a bike it would be. If I get down there tomorrow I will be in a red dunnydore wagon.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Last night's late running freight into Darwin had a flow-on effect. 1DU4, with ALF21 and ALF18, was late departing Darwin due to the late running 6AD1, with FQ04 and ALF24. As a result of this was 1DU4 late crossing with 7AD1 at Newcastle Waters. 7AD1, with FQ03 and CLF6, arrived into Darwin at 10:40 today, 1 hr late. 2DA8, The Ghan, with NR74 and AN3, departed at 11:00. FQ04 and ALF24 were continued shunting 2DA2 after 2DA8 departed. 2DA2 generally follows 2DA8 by 40 minutes, so it should have departed at 11:40. I didn't have time to stay and see what it's true departure time was. FJ104 is currently the yard shunter.
  GDRMCo Junior Train Controller

Location: Darwin
Finally managed to upload Mondays pix, here they are. No point saying what I saw, Shacks took care of that for me  Laughing

Dejavu, wonder if anyone can guess where this was taken?......

FJ104 between a FPPY and a.........RKOY, looks like I was wrong about the code, too bad the R looked like an A on Sunday....

We've seen this before, just its now FQ04 and ALF24 on the head end.

FQ04 cab shot, or is that a roster shot?  Razz

Nah, this is a roster shot, tried to avoid the fence the best I could.

NR74, left late on Monday.

AMPZ car carrier.

NR74 head on sorta shot.

The Ghan, as written all over NR74 and AN3. Shortest Ghan Shacks has seen.

FQ04 and ALF24 passing under a wash rack and servicing shed, heading up to couple on to the outbound service.

FQ04 again.

First CLF shot, and I stuffed it up, oh well, atleast its a CLF  Very Happy  FQ03 and CLF6 by the way.

Heres our dynamic duo once again, bloody bush's, I would've stayed longer cept I was burnt like a sundried tomato....

Ahwell, another day and more fun at Berrimah, oh wait, the names been changed, guess its another day and more Darwin Observations...
  Guss Chief Commissioner

Location: Brisbane
good pics there,  some of them have by the looks of it direct light onto the sensor..


looks like fun!
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
It was very hazey down there on Monday, there was alot of burning off in the area over the weekend.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Today I ventured down to Berrimah prior to going to work, I got some shots of 4DA8, The Ghan, with NR62 (NRC) and AN4 (AN). On my way to work I had to stop at the crossing and wait for the last 10 wagons of the ore train, 3UD3. It was about 40 minutes early. I am taking a guess that the loco's are still ALF's 18 and 21. I forgot all about the ore train. Silly me for not checking the timetable first.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
NR109 and AN3 with ALF21 DA departed Darwin today. I have been told the ALF is required down south, someone else told me it is going to be dropped off in Katherine and return tonight. This could indicate that 7AD1 has failed there. On note was there was a freight and the ore in the yards and the only other loco's were ALF23 with the ore crew car and FJ105. No loco's off the freight to be seen.

  rouseabout Junior Train Controller

7AD1 arrived Berrimah with FQ01, CLF6, FQ02, ALF21 with 50 vehicles for 4234 tonnes, 2318 metres tonight, 9 hours late as a result of many issues including locos. 2DA2 departed at 2150 and 3DA2 is scheduled for a 2300 Tuesday departure. AN5 will lead the Ghan (1AD8) into Berrimah while AN3 will lead 2DA8 into Alice Springs Tuesday morning.

Cheers

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