Tuesday, August 9, 2016

100,000 hits

Hi All,

Wow 100,000 hits since 27/2/2011 not too shabby.
 I would like to thank the regular viewers and everyone who has visited my blog
and even our Ruski comrades who seem to be interested in Aussie railways lately.
Now I know that i've been slack with the updates lately I will try harder to get more 
blogs done. Here are some photos from the last few months

4501/42101 Leading a heritage train through Kotara 
6007 sits idle in the Broadmeadow yard
Aurizon's LDP003/LDP004 passing Warabrook 
A shot through the windscreen of our car (I was not driving)
8168 departing Kooragang Island with a string of cement hoppers
Glencore's XRN010 and XRN029 light engine over the
Kooragang Island bridge
An unusual visitor to the hunter, Tangara T106 at UGL Broadmeadow
CFCLA's CM3307 and Qube's 1103 going through a rail crossing
 at Carrington with a load of concentrate 
TT109/9307/9212 lead an empty coal train around the loop
at Carrington

Till next time
  Mathew Hughes

Monday, July 18, 2016

RTL01 and former VR ballast hoppers

Today I went for an hour and a half trip to Muswellbrook to find the 
RTL and ballast hoppers that I had seen on Wagonfreaks blog.

1 Western Star truck, add highrail/railway wheels and you
have an RTL. This truck was once owned by V/Line and
Freight  Australia and now owned by Just Tracks. I don't
know too much about this oddities history except it was used
on log trains under its Freight Australia years and the horns
on the bonnet seem to be a new addition.
 


Former VR VZMA 67V now in Just Tracks green in
 Muswellbrook

Former VR VZMA ballast hopper now coded OHBA93R
Of note is the chain over the wagon body attached to the
bogies
 


Till next time
 Mathew Hughes

Sunday, June 26, 2016

A modelling update

Hi All
 Just a quick little update on a few unusual projects.
 A Northern Models NZZA special load wagon.
Still needs a lot of work filling/sanding and scratch building but I'm
looking forward to the challenge of making it closer to the prototype.


The other wagon I'm playing around with is an unknown brand (I got it off eBay)
a RZXY wheel carrying wagon just have to weather it up and decal it



Till next time
 Mathew Hughes



Friday, June 17, 2016

442 class The JUMBO


Thirlmeres 44211 leading the Steamfest special
442s5 on an empty concentrate train
A very clean 44202 in QUBE colours
44208 in CFCLA livery
442s3 very dilapidated Silverton early livery for their jumbos
442s6 showing the later Silverton livery
Formerly owned by Siverton 442s1 now painted in Green Trains livery 
44206 (in green) and 44204 (in blue) in modified NSWGR colours

44206 repainted into the SSR scheme
44224 in reverse livery from the PTC era, at Cardiff workshops.
Picture from my Dads collection 

Till next time 
 Mathew Hughes

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Steamfest the great race 2016

Hi All
  Today was the Steamfest Great Train Race with four steam locos vs four tiger 
moths. I decided to go to Warabrook station for the action and was not disappointed.
Four steam trains on four main lines at the same time was a very impressive sight.

4x82s going to Kooragang Island to unload
4490 leading 5917s train to the start line 

GL102 leading 3016s train to the starting area

GL106 leading 6029s train to the starting area
NTAF7079H former ESSO petrol tank wagon built by Tulloch
now used as a water jin for the Garratt
(thanks for spelling lesson Col)

Two of the four tiger moths flying around 
And last but not least 4001 leading 3642s train into position

And they are off and racing

And the obligatory trailing shot 
Till next time

 Mathew Hughes


Friday, April 8, 2016

The Steamfest transfers 8/4/2016

Hi All
 The 30th annual Steamfest is here and you know what that means a day off work to 
go train hunting. It was a good haul for the day both freight and heritage trains with
plenty of old and new running.

This is the first chance I've had to see the new Crawfords locos 
PHC002 and PHC001 completed and working


After seeing this rake of grain hoppers in the Carrington yard for what seemed
like forever it is good to see them being used on a Aurizon grainy
with 3215/32093221 up front

An ALCO doing what ALCOs do best
Maybe if they are short of a steam loco for Steamfest they
could use 48127

48127 hauling 9301/9302 to Port Waratah

8044 heading over to Kooragang Island with a short train

4894 taking 8 NHYH coal hoppers somewhere.
Good to  the 48s still in use (for now)

3016 leading the ARHS Canberra train

And what I really came to see the "GARRETT"


Oh and dont forget the little ALCO 4807 bringing up the rear

Triple heading ALCOs 4001/4803/4520 leading the Trainworks train

Good old faithful 3642 

With 4490 on the other end
What a great way to spend the day off work with plenty trains for the few hours 
I went train hunting.


Till next time

 Mathew Hughes