AUSTRALIAN RAILWAYS

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Byron Littlewood

 

Updated: 15 May 2015

 

 

Just a few years ago, RVR Member, Byron Littlewood,

flew out to Australia to visit his family,

which also served as an opportunity to explore

some of the unique railways in this vast continent.

 

For our purposes, the aim was to travel

from Sydney to Adelaide and Perth

on the Indian - Pacific,

 

and then using The Ghan to traverse the continent

from Adelaide to Alice Springs and Darwin,

 

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Prior to each main journey, time was spent

visiting the Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre,

 

and exploring the

Zig Zig Railway, Picton - Mittagong Loop Line Railway

and several others,

 

For all these journeys, photographic records were compiled,

which RVR are now privileged to reproduce below:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Quick Links:

Indian - Pacific

The Ghan

Zig Zag Railway

Thirlmere Heritage Rail Centre

** Double-headed Beyer-Garratt photos **

Picton - Mittagong Loop - Line Railway

Sydney Central Station Exhibition

 

 

 

To view information about

Fares, Timetables, Special Promotions, etc

for travel on the

Indian-Pacific, The Ghan, & The Overland

click here

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

INDIAN - PACIFIC RAILWAY

 

 

 

 

Sydney - Adelaide - Perth

Journey Overview

Route: xxxxx Sydney - Adelaide - Perth

Duration:xx x 3 nights in either direction

Distance:xx x 4352 kilometres ( 2720 miles )

Frequency:xx Twice weekly in both directions

 

Climate Statistics:

 
Mean Monthly Temperatures
Mean Monthly Rainfall
Max ºC
Min ºC
Max (mm)
Min (mm)
Sydney
28.3
7.8
130.6
69.4
Adelaide
29.3
7.4
80.6
12.6
Cook
33.0
4.3
18.1
12.0
Kalgoorlie
33.6
5.0
31.2
14.0
Perth
31.3
7.8
153.1
6.4

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Indian Pacific links two oceans

on one of the world's longest

and greatest train journeys.

 

Most of the cruising is across

the vast continent of Australia,

where the unique landscapes unfold

from the spectacular Blue Mountains

 

to the treeless plains of the Nullarbor Desert

 

along which the train traverses

the world's longest straight stretch

of railway track

(478 kilometres).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
Sydney to Adelaide
 
   

The iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge.

 

but unfortunately the Indian-Pacific

departs from Sydney Station

in the opposite direction

 

and so does not traverse the bridge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Sydney Station

Note the Double-Deckers

 

Clock at Sydney Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 
Two diesel locomotives used on the Indian - Pacific
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
Ready for departure at Sydney
 
Examples of double-decker rolling stock

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

Indian - Pacific leaving Sydney Station

en-route to Adelaide

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
     
     
Adelaide to Perth    
 

Byron with his daughter, Emma, at Adelaide

 

 

 

The Indian-Pacific travelling the

longest stretch of STRAIGHT RAILWAY

in the world

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
Two views of the arid Nullarbor Plain, once part
  of the sea bed, millions of years ago, according to geologists

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
Kangaroo Class Lounge & Bar
 
The Kangaroo Gold Dining Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
     

 

 

Kalgoorlie at night

 

Right: Station poster

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

At Kalgoorlie, the trains are re-stocked,

engines re-fueled,

coaches are cleaned,

 

whilst passengers are treated

to a tour of the world's largest gold mine,

which is open-cast.

 

 

 

 

 

Cook has a population of four,

which is not uncommon for these interior towns,

and which is one of the most isolated

of Australian towns.

 

Cook is over 600 miles from Adelaide,

700 miles from Perth,

 

 

and there isn't anything in between

these two points !!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

At Cook, Byron is pictured at the

halfway point of the journey.

 

At Cook, locomotives are refuelled,

and the train re-stocked

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Byron pictured at Perth

 

with one of the old mainline steam trains

running from Perth to Adelaide.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

The waterfront at Perth

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   
The GHAN
 

Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin

 

Journey Overview

 

Route: xxxxx Adelaide - Alice Springs - Darwin

Duration:xx x 2 nights in either direction

Distance:xx x 2920 km ( 1825 miles )

Frequency:xx Twice weekly in both directions

 

Climate Statistics:

 
Mean Monthly Temperatures
Mean Monthly Rainfall
Max ºC
Min ºC
Max (mm)
Min (mm)
Sydney
28.3
7.8
130.6
69.4
Adelaide
29.3
7.4
80.6
12.6
AliceSprings
36.4
4.0
41.3
8.1
Darwin
32.7
19.2
420.3
1.3

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Ghan was originally built about 1930

to link Adelaide with Alice Springs.

 

The Alice Springs to Darwin extension

was completed during 2003,

 

with the first train departing Adelaide

on 15 January 2004,

 

and arriving in Darwin

on 17 January 2004

 

with 48 carriages !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

Adelaide to Alice Springs

 
 
   
Postcard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
   

At Adelaide Station

Outside the temperature was 45 C - hot!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
Kangaroo Class Lounge & Bar
 
Kangaroo Class Dining Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
Other view of the Kangaroo Class Lounge & Bar
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
On the approach to Alice Springs
 
Alice Springs Station

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Alice Springs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ALICE SPRINGS LOCOMOTIVE DEPOT

 

The locomotives, pictured here at Alice Springs,

are being checked and re-fuelled

for the onward journey to Darwin.

 

During the four-hour stopover at Alice Springs,

the train is cleaned and re-stocked

with food & beverages,

 

whilst the passengers have a four hour coach tour

of Alice Springs and the surrounding area.

 

Each engine holds 6000 litres of fuel

and are refilled twice

on the journey from Adelaide to Darwin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

What's this?

 

 

Answer & other correspondence to Byron Littlewood:

byron.littlewood8@tiscali.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

Thirlmere Rail Heritage Centre

in the Blue Mountains

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BAYER-GARRATT xLOCOMOTIVES

scanned from the book

"Locomotive Guide - Thirlmere Museum"

   
 

6002 darkens the skies over Hawkmount near Awaba

 

as it struggles to lift a goods northwards in 1971

Photo: J. Dick

 

6022 and 6029 storm through Fassifern

with a down goods on Good Friday 1971

 

Photo: J. Dick

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

Zig Zag Railway

 

 

     

The Zig Zag Railway is a heritage railway at Lithgow

in New South Wales, Australia

 

on the site of the

famous Great or Lithgow Zig Zag.

which operated between 1869 and 1910.

 

As built, the line formed part of the

Main West line from Sydney

across the Blue Mountains,

 

and served to lower the line

from its summit into the Lithgow Valley

on the western flank of the mountains.

 

In 1975, it was decided to restore

the Lithgow Zig Zag

as a heritage railway,

albeit on a different gauge (3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm)

instead of the original 4 ft 8½ in (1,435 mm)).

 

Rolling stock for the Museum thus

comes from states

other than New South Wales

 

Queensland and South Australia in particular.

 

This was due to the difficult nature

of obtaining standard gauge rollingstock

from the NSW Government of the time.

 

As of 2005, the railway is operated as

the Zig Zag Steam and Diesel Tourist Railway.

 

The line has gradually been extended:

 

Bottom Points (depot) to Top Points.

     

    Top Points to the first Clarence railway station

     

    Clarence to Newnes Junction

    (under construction in 2008).

 

In 1944, the tunnel was used to store

chemical weapons.

 

The railway currently has

4 operational steam locomotives,

 

BB18 1/4 1072 "City of Lithgow",

C17 934, DD17 1049,

 

and the most recently restored, AC16 218A.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Fourteen days prior to the visit,

there was a serious bush fire

 

but the overhead cables were replaced

with a minimum of delay.

 

A burnt-out station in the Blue Mountains

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

The remains of the above burnt-out station

in the Blue Mountains

 

Ziz Zag Station but no trains call

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

Whilst crossing the Blue Mountains,

the Indian-Pacific passes close

to the Ziz Zag Railway

 

but at a lower level.

 

Both are pictured above.

 

The haze is attributed

to the forest fires.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

In this shot, the main line is on the lower left,

above the tunnel and the ZigZag

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

Bottom Points Station

 

At the approach to the station is Bottom Points Signal Box.

 

This signal box was formerly beside the main line

not far from the main line Zig Zag Platform.

 

It was gradually leaning towards the main line

because of vibration from heavy coal trains.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

NSW State Rail sold the signal box

to Zig Zag Railway for a dollar in the early 1990s,

and it was moved to the present site.

 

 

Previously it had been moved from an earlier site

to its site beside the main line.

 

Bottom Points Station

is at an altitude of 994m (3260'),

 

the difference

between Bottom Points and Top Points

being 31m (102'),

 

and the difference

between Bottom Points and Clarence

being 121m. (398').

 

Down the hill is the Zig Zag Railway Depot,

where engines and carriages

are maintained and overhauled.

 

Visitors are welcome to walk around the Depot

but are asked to remain on the designated paths,

 

and not climb on any of the equipment.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

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PICTON - MITTAGONG X

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The Picton loop railway line

is a partly disused railway line

 

between Picton and Mittagong

 

in the Southern Highlands region

of New South Wales, Australia.

 

The line consists of the original alignment

of the Main South line

prior to its replacement

 

with a deviation along more gentle grades

to the east.

 

CityRail, the passenger rail brand of RailCorp,

 

operates a coach service

in lieu of the former passenger rail service.

 

Six services are provided in each direction

on weekdays.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

To view information about

Fares, Timetables, Special Promotions etc

for travel on the

Indian-Pacific, The Ghan, & The Overland

click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

 

 

 

 

 

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Visit to Sydney January 2010

Below:

Exhibition at Sydney Central Station

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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