October 2017

THE TUESDAY NIGHT MAIL TRAIN

FOR TUESDAY 10-10-17 ON THE KANUNDA & EMU FLAT RWY

Thank you to those who came to Tuesday night’s operating session.

PROGRESS

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An awning has been added to Con’s Choice’s fruit packing shed at Wooldowie.

THE SESSION
Three operators turned up for the session. Peter S and Paul were the road crews, Sol Kanunda yard master while I took on the job of hostler (at Cooper – Foster).
The session ran very well. All time tabled trains ran to time. The only one slightly off was the Adelaide super freighter which left Foster three minutes late, less than five minutes is near enough for me. All cars and car cards ended in their correct spots. The four of us enjoyed a relaxed and fun operating session.

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0606 and 313 down Mt Gambier goods departs from Cooper behind BL29 and G511. On shed at the MPC are S301 for the Melbourne Jet, 704 for the Adelaide Jet, X54 for the up Mt Gambier goods and 937 and 950 for the down Overland. Behind 313 the brake van on the steam tour can be seen.

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858 has arrived at Maranalgo with AHGX hoppers which it will shortly run around and push under the loading chute at the silos. 858 will then depart Maranalgo with it’s brake van for the journey back to Cooper.

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Kanunda yard at the start of the session. There is a VLEX van and a tank car to be picked up at Kings Petroleum a container flat under the crane also to be picked up. Of the vans and open wagons at the goods shed some stay and some get picked up. There are two OB open wagons in the RIP (repair in place) track one of which has been repaired and ready to go. Two 8300 class brake vans next to the engine shed. On shed are 840 which will go out later on the Maranalgo goods and 603 which will power the Kanunda to Mile End transfer goods. 503 the Kanunda shunt engine is taking on fuel at the overhead tank ready for a busy shift.

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Alco 961 has arrived at Wooldowie with a train of empty cattle cars two of which will be set out here. Reg Brown a local farmer has some herefords to unload to be sent off to the abattoir at Gepps Cross.

All comments and criticisms welcome.

Cheers Ken.