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1 hour ago, sonar said:

I'll always remember that my train to the city was the last one to get through before the Bold St bridge got hit and collapsed by the train just behind us....how lucky. .......had some former school mates that died in that crash.

Wow. Terrible.

When I was growing up dad told me once that that was his train he used to get to school but "he wasn't on it that day", and it became a truth in my head that he'd had a near miss.

Then one day I realised he was 24 in 1977.

The train service still does run though, and ran in the 60s when Dad (might have) caught it - it's the "Chips", which i occasionally get (it follows half an hour after the "Fish". )

 

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1 minute ago, marron said:

Wow. Terrible.

When I was growing up dad told me once that that was his train he used to get to school but "he wasn't on it that day", and it became a truth in my head that he'd had a near miss.

Then one day I realised he was 24 in 1977.

The train service still does run though, and ran in the 60s when Dad (might have) caught it - it's the "Chips", which i occasionally get (it follows half an hour after the "Fish". )

 

(it's also just occured to me that when dad told me "that was the train I used to get to school" he might also have meant when he was teaching down the mountain and travelling from wentworth falls lol)

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19 hours ago, marron said:

Yeah there were.

When I first started catching the train down the mountain I was hesitant to ride in the end carriages. I do now but I often think of that crash.

That's why I always sit in the middle carriages of trains. Didn't work so well for Granville, but that was a rarity. More likely to be a front on or rear collision these days.

It's why I sit up the back of airplanes. I've never heard of them being rear ended or reversing into mountains. :)

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14 minutes ago, Wanderboy said:

That's why I always sit in the middle carriages of trains. Didn't work so well for Granville, but that was a rarity. More likely to be a front on or rear collision these days.

It's why I sit up the back of airplanes. I've never heard of them being rear ended or reversing into mountains. :)

Safest place to sit on a plane is in the black box...

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A look see at construction progress on the Parramatta Light Rail... kinda between the River & Macquarie Street, and then down Macquarie Street a little.... we used to go to this area a lot for coffee and it was such a busy area and had a good  atmosphere.

 

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33 minutes ago, Midfielder said:

Remember the Green Seats in the intercity trains

 

 

Not sure if it's the same trains but some of them had purple seats?

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22 minutes ago, Smoggy said:

Greatest ever sight on NSW railways, the sight of a Garratt double header blasting away...**** you global warming

 

Needs new pistons and rings.....lol....back in the day had a mate whose car smoked like that.....

:D

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The next vid is something just popped up its about these steam and train hard core guys the first bit is an ABC doco from the early 80's and then some more recent vids on these guys...

 

More up to Date also type in Dorrigo Railway Museum for other vids ... no idea this place existed but hats off to this group... 

 

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On 11/02/2021 at 10:01 PM, Smoggy said:

Greatest ever sight on NSW railways, the sight of a Garratt double header blasting away...**** you global warming

 

:shok::shok::shok::shok:

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On 11/02/2021 at 5:11 PM, MathyouWSW said:

Been some updates on the light rail in Parramatta: 
 

 

What a mess this construction makes!!

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Just now, Smoggy said:

beautiful isnt it :)

:arniesalt:

Horrendous.

Imagine that muck settling throughout the forests or pastures it passed through ...

Or on peoples homes!!

 

The sound is great, however. :pardon:

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7 minutes ago, wendybr said:

:arniesalt:

Horrendous.

Imagine that muck settling throughout the forests or pastures it passed through ...

Or on peoples homes!!

 

The sound is great, however. :pardon:

I think i mentioned before I grew up around this kind of thing. The old man was born in a property owned by the railways. My dad and grandad both worked on the railways. Part of my childhood was riding of the footplate of steam trains like this. One of my earliest memories is my dad lifting me up so I could pull the whistle chain..he would then sit me on the drivers seat with a cap that didn't fit. Soot in your eyes and everywhere.

When i did my tour down through Europe I went to Hungary and they were running a preserved steam train from the SE of the country to Budapest. I got talking to the driver and he let me ride on the footplate..no health and safety lol..

The sound and smell just takes me back :)

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3 minutes ago, wendybr said:

Wonder what the lung cancer or emphysema rates along rail corridors were back then?  :(

Well...even in the 80's all of the buildings around major stations were black..and that was 25 years after the end of steam. Only in to the 90's when things were renovated were things cleaned up. My memory as a kid in the 80's in the north of England is of things being quite dirty...like a Lowry painting lol

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6 hours ago, wendybr said:

What a mess this construction makes!!

I'd hate to be running a business near it, especially any restaurants. You're trying to have a nice relaxing dinner with your partner or friends and then you hear some construction going off. That would make me avoid going to the restaurant.

However, once it's all completed. Hopefully, it looks great.  

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