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  FOUND SD CARD
Posted by: Maxn99 - 14-Sep-2016, 01:54 PM - Forum: Queensland - Replies (4)

While watching the Dawnie Express return through Oakey on Monday afternoon, a Sandisk 32GB Ultra SD card was found on the platform. Obviously it belongs to one of the train chasers as it consists of videos of trains. Maybe someone can shed light on its owner. Confused

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  THE DAWNIE EXPRESS
Posted by: Maxn99 - 08-Sep-2016, 01:08 PM - Forum: Queensland - No Replies

Thursday 8th September
The Dawnie Express, named in honour of Olympic swimming gold medallist, Dawn Fraser passed through Oakey this morning en route to Charleville. The trip is raising money for Save the Bilby Fund of which Dawn is a patriot. She missed catching the steam train out of Brisbane yesterday so will be going out on tonights Westlander to catch it up at Roma for the final leg to Charleville.
It was the first steam train to cross over the new Oakey rail bridge since it was completed last October.
The loco was supposed to be 1079 but was 1089 and had diesel loco 1732 in tow.

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  10kg train shrapnel flies through pedestrian crossing
Posted by: Graham4405 - 30-Jul-2016, 04:11 PM - Forum: Queensland - Replies (2)

Caboolture Shire Herald Wrote:Train malfunctions at Narangba with a 10kg chunk of shrapnel punching through both sides of a crossing

COMMUTERS at a north Brisbane train station have had a lucky escape after a 10kg chunk of shrapnel punched through both sides of a pedestrian overpass, believed to be thrown from a freight train this morning.

About 8.30am, the Pacific National train experienced what witness Jason Radcliffe described was a major drive-gear failure, sending the 5-10kg chunk of steel shooting up between train freight cars at Narangba station.

Mr Radcliffe’s photos show that the shrapnel shattered the reinforced glass and sheared through the aluminium facades on both sides of the overpass, leaving a hole the size of a basketball.

Fortunately, the cannonball effect of the flying shrapnel did not strike any pedestrians, he said.

“The station master and her assistant should be commended on their quick attention, isolating and making everyone safe,” he said.

Mr Radcliffe is a specialist project engineer who regularly commutes to his workplace from the Narangba station.

He arrived just after the carnage and said the chances of an incident like that occurring was on par with ‘winning the lotto’.

“Ordinarily, if something like this is going to fail, it will bounce up and down under the train,” he said.

“It has swung vertically up from the train, clipped either the train or the carriage, over the top and ricocheted onto the glass and out the other side onto the platform.

“If you look at the logistics of trying to make something do this, you would have more chance of winning the lotto.”

Mr Radcliffe said the station overpass was always busy foot traffic, and the only thing that prevented a tragedy was that it didn’t happen during the peak period.

“If it happened at 7.30am, you would have lost a couple of people,” he said.

A Pacific National spokesman said the matter would be investigated.

“As a leading state rail operator, we pride ourselves on our safety record,” he said.

“We expend significant resources to ensure our equipment is maintained at the highest standard.

“A detailed and thorough investigation into this morning’s incident is already underway.

“We will fully respond to its findings.

“Safety is a paramount concern in all of the communities in which we operate.”

A Queensland Rail spokeswoman said the train experienced an engine failure at Narangba on the Caboolture line.

As a result, the train was temporarily stuck midsection between Narangba and Dakabin stations and Queensland Rail trains were diverted to travel on different tracks, causing delays to City network passenger services.

The incident caused damage to the pedestrian overpass and a small section of the platform at Narangba station.

A ‘rescue train’ was sent to remove the train from the site, which means this afternoon’s peak services will not be impacted.

http://www.couriermail.com.au/questnews/...95becf0fcb

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  Coal train derails, blocks rail line east of Toowoomba
Posted by: Graham4405 - 30-Jul-2016, 12:42 PM - Forum: Queensland - No Replies

Toowoomba Chronicle Wrote:A recovery mission is under way to clear a rail line after a train derailed east of Toowoomba.

Rail authorities are investigating after the lead engine of an empty coal train ran off the tracks about 7.15am.

An Aurizon spokeswoman said the company was working with Queensland Rail to clear the tracks and determine the cause.

"At approximately 7.15am, a single lead locomotive of an empty coal train derailed on the West Moreton line between Holmes and Spring Bluff," the spokeswoman said.

"There were no injuries and the locomotive remains upright.

"The cause of the incident is being investigated.

"Aurizon is working with the network owner, Queensland Rail, to recommence services as soon as possible."
http://www.thechronicle.com.au/news/coal...a/3069554/

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  Signal chart
Posted by: Petan - 21-Jul-2016, 03:18 PM - Forum: Railway Archaeology - No Replies

NSW Signal chart 1952    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppG...QzX3c/view

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  Car vs Train at Warra
Posted by: Graham4405 - 01-Jul-2016, 09:01 PM - Forum: Queensland - No Replies

Tonight's Seven Local News reported that a car that found its way on to the track when the driver fell asleep has been hit by a coal train near Warra. In the TV footage the lead loco could be identified as 2339D. The car (a white Toyota Camry) was pushed by the loco for 300m and was much the worse for wear, the "lucky" driver walked away after being cut from the vehicle.

The report in the Toowoomba Chronicle with photos here: Train drivers offered counselling after head-on collision

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  NSW downloadable
Posted by: Petan - 27-Jun-2016, 07:51 PM - Forum: New South Wales & ACT - No Replies

Some NSW PDFs available from the National Library.

Figure 1 of the following is labelled D52 class. Regardless, the document itself is of interest. From the National library.The operation and management of locomotives : a guide, and book of special instructions, for locomotive engine drivers, firemen and trainee enginemen. Part 2 / by authority F.P. Heard, Chief Mechanical Engineer  
http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/985327

NSW loco renumbering 1924 lists
http://catalogue.nla.gov.au/Record/6246438

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  NGR and the disabled.
Posted by: D17 No.122 - 09-Jun-2016, 11:20 AM - Forum: Queensland - No Replies

I understand the new NGR sets are walk through with the Guard to be located at the rear.

As all know the disabled and many of the elderly on walking frames wait at the centre of the platform for Guard and sometimes Station Staff assistance.  My station Wynnum North is only staffed 0500 - 1200 MF.  Wynnum North is on a 60kph curve and the DOWN platform sees quite a drop from the train door.  I always use the last door and the drop is about 18 inches.  I even help mothers with prams when they are there.  The front half of the train is not so steep.

As the NGR are essentially an EMU replacement plus a few extras, one assumes they will be spread around the network.  So there will be a mixture of rear and centre entry/exit points for the elderly and disabled for a while.

So currently with the elderly/disabled waiting at the platform centre, what will happen when an NGR arrives - do they have to scoot 80 metres to the rear for assistance, which would not impress them nor the timetable.

I have read elsewhere that maybe all Guards on all electric sets might be moved to the rear, which would fix this problem.  Designated disabled areas would have to be shifted as well, and existing 3 car sets would have to stop accordingly.

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Big Grin Dingo Trip
Posted by: Maxn99 - 31-May-2016, 07:49 PM - Forum: Queensland - Replies (1)

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  All aboard the Bilby Steam Train!
Posted by: Graham4405 - 26-May-2016, 11:02 PM - Forum: Queensland - Replies (3)

Departs Brisbane 7 September 2016, Departs Charleville 11 September 2016

Get your friends and family together and book an authentic steam train journey heading west to Charleville.

​​Take the steam train to Charleville and celebrate ​National Bilby Day. Once there get into the swing of things and attend the 1930's inspired Charleville Fur Ball or bring the family for Bilby shows at the newly opened 'Bilby Experience' at Charleville Railway Station as well as many great family fun activities, stalls and entertainment.

https://www.queenslandrailtravel.com.au/...rain!.aspx

Very cheap fares, but you must arrange your own accommodation.

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