NR1 - Heavy load trials - September 1996

 
  Bevan Wall Deputy Commissioner

This week twenty years ago marked the start of a new era when NR1, still wearing grey primer, emerged from the UGL complex at Newcastle to undergo trials, including heavy load trials over the Liverpool Ranges.
I've just uploaded a few minutes of video to Youtube to jog our memories. I had forgotten how atrocious the weather was on the day of the trials over Ardgen!
Enjoy,
BW


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03NiVjSlLOI

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  Kafoopsy Chief Commissioner

Location: Perth, WA
Ah, the good old NRs.  Love the sound of the horns when they were new!  I suppose those other locos were in dynamic when the NR was being tested?
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Was the start of something bad...
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

Was the start of something bad...
greasyrhys
Please explain???
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Was the start of something bad...
Please explain???
nswtrains
"Progress" ........ something Rhys has an aversion to
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
Exactly, wish NRC never ordered so many of the bloody things, that's all we ever see leading PN freights in SA Sad
  GT46C-ACe Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast QLD
Boohoo?
  Boss Chief Commissioner

Location: Caulfield Line
Exactly, wish NRC never ordered so many of the bloody things, that's all we ever see leading PN freights in SA Sad
greasyrhys
Aren't they any good hauling freight trains:lol:Laughing
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Love them or hate them the NRs have been a howling success.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
It's a pity their engines don't 'howl', their un-necessary silencing is another reason I don't like them, as well as their lame horns (compared to the mighty Leslie's)
  SAR520SMBH Train Controller

Yet another boo hoo greasyrhys moment!
  rwatts Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide SA
I'd much rather hear the opinions of people that drive them for a living.  What do they think of NRs?  Performance and reliability from their perspective?  Good points, bad points?  Driver safety and comfort?  Compared to other locos?

Richard.
  seb2351 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
I'd much rather hear the opinions of people that drive them for a living.  What do they think of NRs?  Performance and reliability from their perspective?  Good points, bad points?  Driver safety and comfort?  Compared to other locos?

Richard.
rwatts
Best DC loco I have ever driven. They are truly designed to be friendly for a loco driver. They pull good, they ride well and everything is within arms reach.
Even has a hot plate for the older drivers to enjoy (I prefer a hot plate over a microwave, but this could be a bad point depending who you ask).

When they break down, it's usually for a bloody good reason. I found that they just keep going, but when they die... they die lol.

Put an NR cab on an SCT body and you would probably be looking at the best loco in Australia.
  BDA Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
No the better option would have been better bogies under NRs/93s . Having been and seen I don't think radial steering "trucks" are all they're hyped up to be .

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