Miscellaneous NSW Railways Photos

Some stuff that didn't seem appropriate to catalogue elsewhere!

Class 0-4-2

Four of these locos were built by Robert Stephenson for the fledgling Sydney Railway Company, which commmenced operations on 29 Mar 1855. They were withdrawn by 1879, but fortunately one was saved and is preserved for the Museum of Applied Arts and Sciences at Ultimo (now know as the Powerhouse Museum).

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  • Date : Apr 1978, catalogued 21 Nov 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Ektachrome, slide number 7755
  • Description : I thought this was loco number 1. Bruce Saunders wrote to say that it is in fact number 78/78X/1004 built in 1877.


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  • Date : Mar 1998, catalogued 15 Jan 2005
  • Photographer : Brett Fitzpatrick
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Brett writes:
    No 78 at Thirlmere, on the day of its official unveiling, first Sunday of March, 1998. On your page, you list No 78 as No 1, saying that No 1 visited Thirlmere during the 1970's. I'd suggest that No 1 hasn't been out of Sydney since mid 1877, when it was placed on shunting duties. Certainly, since the Powerhouse Museum has had it in their custody/ownership (since 1879) No 1 hasn't been further from the centre of Sydney than Castle Hill, where it was extensively restored in the early 1980's.
    No 78 was constructed to the same design as No1, indeed No 78 was one of a batch of four constructed on what were originally intended to be replacement frames for Nos 1-4. The tender that No 78 had, whilst in service and up to 1938, was one taken from Nos 1-4. This tender finally returned to No 1 in 1938, when No 1 was displayed in Martin Place for the Sesqui-Centenary of settlement celebrations. No 78 received a modified Z-24 Class tender for display at Enfield, which it retained until 1976. This tender was too badly rusted to be salvageable, so it was replaced with the original tender taken from 1709 in 1964. Circa1980, the Z-17 Class tender was replaced by a tender construced on the frames of the former SMR Weedkiller wagon, which was originally a tender off one of Nos 1N, 2N, or 3N (later Nos 388, 389, 390).


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  • Date : Jun 1985, catalogued 01 Oct 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13280
  • Description : No 1 in its permanent home at the Powerhouse Museum.


Z10 Class 2-4-0T (pre 1924 F class)

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  • Date : Aug 1973, catalogued 9 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : F class 1042, slide number 3336
  • Description : This loco was used until a few months before this photo was taken as the Cardiff Railway Workshops shunter. Built by Henry Vale to a Beyer-Peacock design, this loco was one of three from a class of 18 original locos to survive the Second World War. It is now preserved at Cardiff.


NSW Railway Miscellany

I lived in Canberra for 13 years, and was active in the ACT Division of the Australian Railway Historical Society . Included in this section are a few photos of some of the activities we participated in during that time.

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  • Date : Feb 1982, catalogued 12 Jun 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12121
  • Description : The wisps of water vapour show that3102is not long departed Canberra loco, off to haul some Easter steam trips. Meanwhile,6029waits quietly (and coldly) in the background.


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  • Date : Jun 1981, catalogued 18 Apr 1999
  • Photographer : Barbara Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11675
  • Description : ARHS ACT Divn members hard at work repairing carriage bogies. On the jack is John Hurst (me!), with his back to the camera is ? ?, sharing a joke is Steve Buck, and Bruce Turner has his head down in the background. With his head down even further is Mark Gore. In the background is the (new) Canberra Goods Shed.


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  • Date : Jun 1981, catalogued 18 Apr 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11684
  • Description : The Colonel! Col. Kerry Mellor was responsible for the high military standard of presentation of theMouse(3102). Many was the time he would be seen polishing the steam dome, even to the point of leaping up on the (hot!) boiler to give it a quick wipe whenever we stopped to take water.


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  • Date : Nov 1981, catalogued 02 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11840
  • Description : A party of ARHS ACT members leaving Canberra Railway Station for Sawtell, on one of several "car attached" trips during the 1970s. The car concerned is TAM 1925, now sold out of the ARHS ACT collection, but at the time a very comfortable way to travel! The author and his wife (seen here pointing at the camera) held a twin berth cabin share in the TAM 1925 syndicate.


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  • Date : Jun 1982, catalogued 24 Jul 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12309
  • Description : A group of enthusiasts at the end of the day. Derick Cullen, Geoff Ross and Mark Gore relax on-train while 3102 does its stuff up front, heading south on a Bombala weekend, June 1982.


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  • Date : Jun 1982, catalogued 24 Jul 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12312
  • Description : Members of the ACT Division of the Australian Railway Historical Society hand shunt the water gin on the occasion of the "Bombala Revisited" June long weekend, 1982. 3102 was otherwise occupied at the time with her morning ablutions, or she would have done the honours. Derick Cullen, locomotive superintendent, superintends the operation.


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  • Date : Feb 1987, catalogued 21 Jan 2000
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 16948
  • Description : The carriage shed at the Canberra_Railway_Museum.


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  • Date : Jun 1985, catalogued 01 Oct 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 13314
  • Description : On the Main South, somewhere near Bargo, track maintenance is taking place.


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  • Date : 08 May 2001, catalogued 25 Sep 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : EL58 and GM27 (slightly graffitied!) in Rozelle Yard, Sydney. GM27 belongs to Great Northern Railway Services, based in Melbourne.


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  • Date : 1901, catalogued 24 Aug 2003
  • Photographer : unknown
  • Medium :
  • Description : An early photo of the great Zig Zag at Lithgow, now used by the Zig Zag Railway. Sent to me by Chris Burgess.


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  • Date : unknown, catalogued 24 Aug 2003
  • Photographer : unknown
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : A classic photo of the 1901 overshoot on the NSW Zig Zag near Lithgow. Sent to me by Chris Burgess.


NSW Railway Stations

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  • Date : Nov 1981, catalogued 04 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11844
  • Description : It's late at night, but the old destination board at Sydney Central still has some trains to announce, and a few passengers scan to see when their train is leaving.


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  • Date : 2000, catalogued 25 Feb 2001
  • Photographer : Derick Cullen
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Derick sent me this picture with a comment about how he was going to compile an album of "waiting passengers". I liked the symmetry in the picture, and have bunged it into this collection for you to enjoy as well.


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  • Date : Nov 1995, catalogued 14 Jul 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 19496
  • Description : The pipe isn't quite the right size, but at least it still works! The steam locomotive watering facilities at Sydney Central station.


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  • Date : Jan 1982, catalogued 14 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11966
  • Description : A group of ARHS members wait on Coolac station for the Tumut Rail Motor service.


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  • Date : Jan 1982, catalogued 15 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11977
  • Description : DEB Set 951 pulls into Cootamundra Station.


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  • Date : Jan 1982, catalogued 16 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11980
  • Description : 42110 and a 42 class with the Intercapital Daylight at Cootamundra station. I thought the second loco was a 44, but Wayne Eade wrote to say:
    That "44 class" behind 42110 in your shot number 11980 is in fact a 42 Class unit (either 4203 or 4206, as these were the only two units in service in the original red-lined tuscan by January of 1982. I'd go for 4206, as 4203 always seemed to be the cleaner of the pair).
    Nit-picking, I know, but isn't that what border-line asperger types like train spotters are all about anyway?
    Of course it is, Wayne, and thank you for that vital piece of information!


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  • Date : Jun 1979, catalogued 19 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 7992
  • Description : A view of Goulburn Station from the north end of the platforms, showing a 73 class, a pair of 48s, and a 442 class on an up goods.


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  • Date : Jan 1982, catalogued 15 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11976
  • Description : CPH16 stands in the Gundagai platform with the return Tumut Rail Motor service.


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  • Date : May 1973, catalogued 26 Jan 1998
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 2519
  • Description : Junee has always been an interesting railway scene, partly because Junee is very much a railway town, situtated as it is at the junction of the main south and Narranderra branch line. Here two 422s, one on a special ARHS train, occupy the platform roads, while a 442 performs some shunting of the yard. Incidentally, this photo also shows the difference in front-end lining of the two classes.


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  • Date : Jun 1981, catalogued 18 Apr 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11682
  • Description : The Michelago Railway Station, in the years when it was still owned by the Railways, and in use by the Canberra Monaro Express. Now it is used by the ARHS ACT Divn as their destination for a number of Steam and other railway trips.


Along the Line in NSW

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  • Date : Jan 1982, catalogued 14 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11970
  • Description : On the Tumut line, near Califat, the view from the front window of Rail Motor CPH16. Unfortunately, this picturesque line is now abandoned, and since I wrote this description, it has been dismantled.


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  • Date : Jan 1982, catalogued 14 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11971
  • Description : On the Tumut line, near Califat, the view from the front window of Rail Motor CPH16. Unfortunately, this picturesque line is now abandoned, and since I wrote this description, it has been dismantled. This section is now occupied by the realigned Hume Highway.


Dombarton Loop

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  • Date : Jan 1985, catalogued 30 Sep 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12987
  • Description : The fascinating yard arrangement at Dombarton. Behind the photographer is a pair of dead-end sidings: the main line to Sydney can be seen descending on the left. The leftmost of the two sidings joins the main line (out of sight), while the rightmost siding drops underneath the still climbing main line, and connects with a further siding to the left of the main line. All this is to avoid trains having to start against the grade, as would be required with a more conventional siding arrangement. The loco is uncoupling to start a rather complex manouevre to demonstrate the yard capabilities!


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  • Date : Jan 1985, catalogued 30 Sep 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12989
  • Description : Another view of the yard at Dombarton. Visible here is the junction with the siding to the left of the main line. The loco has uncoupled from the train, has reversed back onto the main line (bisecting the yard), and is now travelling towards the camera, and will then ...


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  • Date : Jan 1985, catalogued 30 Sep 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12990
  • Description : ... stop past the points, before reversing back to the junction with the aforemention right hand siding ...


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  • Date : Jan 1985, catalogued 30 Sep 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12991
  • Description : ... then returning under the main line to rejoin the train at the point of first uncoupling42209-4. Confused? Took me a while to understand it, too! Incidentally, you might like to compare this view with the similar (telephoto) view at5910-15.


Gundagai

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  • Date : Jan 1982, catalogued 15 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11973
  • Description : On board CPH16, the view ahead as we approach (from the south) the bridge over the Murrumbidgee at Gundagai


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  • Date : Jan 1982, catalogued 15 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11974
  • Description : Crossing the Gundagai viaduct over the Murrumbidgee valley. This bridge is now disused, but is preserved as part of the "Two Bridges" plan of Gundagai.


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  • Date : Jan 1982, catalogued 15 May 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 11975
  • Description : Crossing the Gundagai viaduct over the Murrumbidgee valley. This bridge is now disused, but is preserved as part of the "Two Bridges" plan of Gundagai. In the foreground below the viaduct can be seen a billabong of the Murrumbidgee.


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  • Date : Jun 1982, catalogued 15 Apr 2001
  • Photographer : Stewart Hughes
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : Stewart writes:
    One for your Gundagai collection taken in June 1982 very early in the morning. We were on a motorcycle (Kwaka Z900) on our way from Perth to Sydney. It was so cold I had to get up to light a fire to thaw myself out. That's frost you can see. I could only get the camera to work by heating up the battery on the fire!


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  • Date : 2005, catalogued 27 Sep 2005
  • Photographer : Greg Harrison
  • Medium : email digital image
  • Description : A view of the disused MacLauglin Meatworks between Nimmitabel and Jincumbilly on the now also disused Bombala branch.


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  • Date : unknown, catalogued 28 Jul 2007
  • Photographer : Barry
  • Medium : email, image location /home/ajh/Desktop/Water Column Ryde.jpg
  • Description : One of the so called "electric water columns", or water cranes, at Ryde. These were used to water steam locomtives when under the electric catenary system, to avoid crewmen having to expose themselves on the top of locos (to the overhead wiring, I mean).


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  • Date : Jul 1993, catalogued 03 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18872
  • Description : This interesting old bridge is, I believe, the Tenterfield Creek crossing at 487m on the Main North. This stretch of track is now disused, which is a pity, as it traverses some of the most picturesque scenery in NSW (Australia even).


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  • Date : Jul 1993, catalogued 03 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18876
  • Description : The 4'8.5" side of Wallangarra Station, not in use in 1993. The photograph is taken from the middle of the main line, now somewhat overgrown with weeds.


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  • Date : Jul 1993, catalogued 03 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18877
  • Description : A water crane, missing its canvas shute, but otherwise complete, stands waiting for a steam loco that will be a long time coming at Wallangarra, break of gauge station between the NSW 4'8.5" (foreground) and the Queensland 3'6" (background).


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  • Date : Jul 1993, catalogued 04 Jan 2001
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 18878
  • Description : There seems to be more grass on the right of way than off it! Break of gauge station Wallangarra is now more than that: it is a break of journey station, as the 4'8.5" standard gauge to the left of the main station building is now out of service all the way to Armidale.


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