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Thirty two years ago today (9 June 1988) I have recorded as the first time that 85 class locos worked into the Illawarra on a coal train. On that day, 8501, 8509, 8504 and 8503 worked 9K55 coal to Port Kembla Inner Harbour. I can't quite remember who informed me of this trivia (it was probably the Digest), but I wrote it down just for a time like now.
85s were infrequent visitors to the South Coast - especially when compared to their electric cousins the 86 class and electric grandfathers, the 46s. This is my excuse for having so few photos of them on the Coast. But here is one about to be there... 8506, 8501 and 8502 at Waterfall on another coalie in 1993.
This article first appeared on nswrailrambler.blogspot.com
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