... My understanding was Budd Cars worked out of Port Augusta to Whyalla, Port Pirie and now I understand Woomera. Was that it?
in 1966 =the woomera branch was that the main in those days or did the track go further north reaching Alice in 1980?
The Woomera branch came off at Pimba ... I have seen it but not been on it from passing through Pimba on the train .. while the Alice and (ultimately) Darwin line came off at Tarcoola some distance to the West, mainly to avoid the flood areas that plagued the old NG line.
I remember seeing a doco, I think on TV but could have been a film night at a club, showing the inbound Ghan at Marree swapping the passengers into a 2 car Budd for the link South dated circa 1961 which is before I thought they were withdrawn from this service.
I wonder if the Budds were used to provide a link service to Marree when the full Ghan did not run due to flooding? I could not find a regular timetable reference to a singular Marree Budd service. When the flooding did occur (usually once a year) the line could be out for up to 3-4 weeks at a time.
As far as a Woomera service was concerned, on Fridays it was possible to travel to Whyalla and back in a day from Adelaide. When I did it in 1974, there were two Budds from Pirie which split at Pt Augusta, one going to Whyalla and the other to Woomera. The up train from Woomera met a Bluebird about 2:30 am on Saturday and arrived circa 6am , the only "overnight" service with a Bluebird that started and finished in the dark as far as I know in the early hours. It was by all accounts well patronised as I witnessed on a freight train trip to Peterbrough via Pt Pirie which arrived there about 3am.
Be interesting to see what other peoples remembrances are!