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Monday, October 12, 2009

Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury Getaway

The Weekend of the 9-11 October 2009 saw the ARHS-ACT undertake a weekend tour to Blue Mountains and Hawkesbury River.

In addition to the ARHS passengers travelling in the society portion of the train, joining this tour was a small group of Privateers travelling in BAM1741 that was carriage attached to the Sydney end of the train.

With the cold weather in the Mountains, also what better time to test 1741 new 'conveniences' having just been fitted out with mains power facilities! The completion of this project meant that the travellers had hot water and in-car heating for the cool nights.

Another first on this weekend was also the hire by the ARHS of engines 4473 and 4501 from the Goodmate's at Goodwin Alco and 3801 Limited.

Here we see an upfront and personal shot of 4473 through the vestibule of 1741.

Long train with a shot of the back prior to departure out of Canberra yard.

Prior to departure, we see 4501 and 4473 sitting on the consist having just finished shunting.

Another shot from the other side with the sun illuminating the fresh paint of class leader 4501 sitting down in Canberra prior to departure.

Early on in the weekend, we see 4501 idling at Tarago awaiting safeworking instructions.

It is compulsory to stay awake until the train reaches Goulburn whenever we have a Friday night departure! (Even if it just about zero degrees on the platform)

Ah yeah, definitely looks like Goulburn Railway station in the wee hours of late Friday night/early Saturday morning!

Here we see 4501 once again at Goulburn...

... and another money shot of the class leader.

... and is typical of all heritage operations, there is the need to stay on top of the paperwork (even enroute)

Happy faces all round on the Friday night!

First thing at Saturday morning, we see BAM1741 hanging off the end of the train at Leura.

Another shot of the lounge/sleeping car on the train having just arrived.

Whilst travelling on the train, the opportunity to visit the local sights was undertaken. Here we see the Leura Street Markets with all sorts of nic nacks, stalls, foods etc etc

The opportunity to visit the Jenolan Caves was also undertaken. Here we see one of the open caves on a self-guided tour.

The self guided tour takes all visitors to up to the top of the open cave nearly 55m metres high.

Having arrived back from a full day of touring, we see BAM1741 sitting on the train at Katoomba on the up-platform waiting for the ARHS Railroad Restaurant Train run for the Blue Mountains Locals.

Engine 4501 sitting on top of the consist awaiting to not so much haul, but rather brake (with dynamic braking) down the Mountain into Penrith.

Another shot of 1741 sitting on the Up platform at Katoomba

Having just safely guided the ARHS train down to Penrith we see 4473 and 4501 sitting at Penrith.

In preparation of running around the train the locomotives are uncoupled from BAM1741.

A general view of the Penrith Station at night - on the left, the ARHS Train and on the right, a Cityrail Up All Stop service to Central.

The travelling group are relaxing once again in the nice warmth inside the car, never mind how cold it is outside enroute back up to Katoomba - and even joined by one of the crew who has signed off having fulfilled his day's duties.

Overnight saw the train depart Katoomba at around 11:30ish and make a beeline towards the Up Refuge at Hawkesbury River Station Yard for an early morning arrival.

Here the ARHS train has been shunted onto the platform for the passengers to alight to go for a cruise of the river. Photo looking South.

Another shot of the car at Hawkesbury River looking North.

One of the passengers having an enjoyable weekend up in the pleasant environs of the Hawkesbury River.

Prior to Departure, the train was shunted from the Up Refuge, back onto the Up Main, and we see it shunting back into the platform to allow the passengers to board.

Late on Sunday afternoon, we see an internal shot of BAM1741 as it sits on the end of the train at Goulburn.

On such a warm sunny afternoon, what better way to pass the time by putting up the feet and having a relaxing sleep in the nice surrounds.

BAM1741 hanging off the end of the train at Goulburn

... and a closing of shot of a "Dulux Overhauled" 80 class attached to an RL class diesel in Platfrom 3 at Goulburn.

Happy Privateering until next update!

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