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1 month 1 day ago #251835 by Mrsmackpaul
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I think the idea of it all was okay but by the time it was built it was out of date already

Paul

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1 month 1 day ago #251836 by wouldyou
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From the book Big Lizzie by Ron Maslin. The engine was a 60 HP Blackstone crude oil with a 14 inch bore weighing eight tons. Fuel consumption being 3 to 4 gallons per hour depending on load.
When purchasing the book from the Temora museum in 1988 the lady at the desk said “ My Husband wrote this and the Man showing you around remembers seeing the machine passing through”
David.
 
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1 month 1 day ago #251839 by cobbadog
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I get enough shit towing the caravan up the highway. Not really, aleays mindful of other road users.
I do find that truck drivers in SA n VIC all keep on the solid white line at tge edge of the road, I do the same plus have channel 40 on as well. NSW seems a bit different in that respect.

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4 weeks 1 day ago #251870 by cobbadog
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We went to the Bethunga Rail Spiral north of Junee. It's one of only two in Oz. On the notice board is a lovely pic of an old truck under a face shovel and a drag line up top.

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4 weeks 1 day ago #251875 by 77louie400
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Yes very much worth a visit doubly if you are lucky enough to have a couple of trains in the area.
 
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4 weeks 1 day ago #251876 by cobbadog
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2 XPT n that  freight train went through in under an hour 

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4 weeks 16 hours ago - 4 weeks 16 hours ago #251882 by roKWiz
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2 XPT n that  freight train went through in under an hour 
Being a regular XPT users, that would be about right The timing of the daily XPT's both to and from $ydney/Melbourne usually are so they pass each other on a loop track just outside Wagga as once past Junee the track becomes a single track.
Interesting fact about Bethungra loop is the $ydney bound service is scheduled 10 minutes longer than Melbourne's southbound service just to allow for the long spiraling climb. (not the best pics from inside train reflection)

crossing the tunnel climbing.

 

entering the tunnel.

 

Steepness of the track in the loop

 

Passing a Western Star @ 160km/h on the approach to Bethungra township. Odd picture as the lowloader looks to be carrying the farmhouse in the background.

 


I've been told this is why because of this difficult climb and tunnel the inland rail route veers off at around Illabo heading to Junee Reefs flat country.
The inlad rail route has to go via Junee as most of the freight train companies base all their drivers there.

Cobba, did you see the full roundhouse rail museum and the most haunted house in Oz both in Junee ???

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4 weeks 8 hours ago #251891 by cobbadog
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Hi rok, we saw both XPT trains either side of the freight train. Discovered the freight was running 5 hours late. We have been to Junee Round Houe n it's the best. As gor that Monty Christo story time theme, unfortunately they did steal our money. Spoke to the old girl who owns the place n she  denies it's haunted but says if believers turn up she won't disappoint. 

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