LSMR's 661/726 to Rylstone

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  1. 69843

    69843 Full Member

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    G'day all,

    I have yet to post here for good reason!. As Gary and one or two other members are aware, I am involved in the Lithgow State Mine Railway, based in the wonderful town of Lithgow, NSW (The Birmingham of Australia). Well, on Saturday (27/2) we finally did our big trip after a few months of planning...and hard work! Railcar set 661/726 was our chariots of choice

    We had run two trips to Tarana prior to this, but the trip to Rylstone was 'the big one'. It all went successfully, and we hope it might be possible to do again. For those that are unaware, the section between Kandos and Rylstone (and beyond) has not seen a train since at least 2005. Some video of the trip has been posted by Tickhole Productions, and I shall upload some photos from the day shortly
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2rGbgpoDCWM

     
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    Very nice video, looking forward to seeing some photo's
     
  3. Gary

    Gary Wants more time for modelling.... Staff Member Administrator

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    G'day Zane and welcome aboard.

    The railcar set looks fantastic, a testament to the members of LSMR who restored the two cars to there stunning condition. Nice video, but I'll be awaiting your production ! So, when will there be an excursion to Mudgee ?? Even though all the facilities have gone from Mudgee, it would make a great day out !

    Cheers, Gary.
     
  4. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Hi,

    Not had the chance to view your video yet ( at work ) but I will tonight.

    All sounds good though.

    Thanks for ousting it up

    Toto
     
  5. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    :welcome: Zane

    Looks like it was a top trip. looking forward to some photos
    The restoration of the rail cars looks first rate.:tophat:

    It did look some thing like this a little while ago

    [​IMG]Day trip over the mountains by CHRIS, on Flickr

    Zane pop over to the welcome new members Lounge and introduce your self:hismiley: some of us known who you are :thumbs: but the rest don't.

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    Hi Zane, Great little video ! now I'm waiting for an 'after' shot to compare to Chris's 'before' shot, What a difference :thumbs:
    Its great to see these Icons returned to their former glory .
    As Chris said, pop in to the new members lounge and do an Intro so we can welcome you proper like :thumbup:
    Cheers
    Matt
     
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    jakesdad13 Staff Member Moderator

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    Excellent video, it never fails to amaze me what people can achieve when they put their minds to it!:thumbup:

    Pete.
     
  8. Toto

    Toto I'm best ignored Staff Member Founder Administrator

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    Finally got the chance to watch the video. :thumbup: well worth the wait. Fantastic clips.

    Thanks for sharing

    Toto
     
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    Lovely video, and what a transformation, weldone to all the team

    Paul
     
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    Morning all! Sorry for the silence, but the computer went south on me not long after posting, and is still in the shop. So that one's on me.

    Luckily the photos are not stored on there, and are on the hard drive. So, without further ado, have a couple of 'After' photos :)

    This first one should hopefully attach, and is of the railcar set at Kandos, with the banner just fitted and awaiting to depart for Rylstone. The track is still in fairly decent condition, and John Holland even use it for training track gangs
     
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    (Apologies for the multiple posts...something wishes to go haywire on this end for some reason)

    Edit: Also thank you all for your kind words. They are much appreciated. I'll try and keep everyone up to speed by making an LSMR thread soon, to keep abrest of everything from the railcars to our carriages coming shortly for restoration to our beautiful Dubs and Co. Saddle Tank. Just a *tad* larger than the usual Dubs STs
     
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    Hiya 69843 I've taken out the extra posts for you. Don't see an image at the moment so maybe try it again ?
    Let me know if you still have problems
    Cheers
    Matt
     
  13. SMR CHRIS

    SMR CHRIS Staff Member Moderator

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    To help Zane out some photos of the NSWGR 26 class under restoration
    Hopefully Zane will get some photos happening and we can see some progress on the restoration.
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    The Locos Saddle tank outside.
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    Chris, thank you kindly for assisting there. Probably not going to be able to solve the issue until this afternoon, so photo/s on hold for now sadly. Though that will mean more photos to be included.

    2605 is very, very close now, and should see service hopefully in the next three months. We only have 1 or 2 stays to fix, boiler to hydro and then steam test, then reassembly of all the other bits and bobs before we get the old girl going for the first time since 1997. The 26 was badly burnt in the 2001 fire, but it's now almost beyond belief she was in a fire

    Matt, thanks for removing the posts. I cannot seem to solve the issue, but it was a long shot posting off a mobile.
     
  15. ianvolvo46

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    Enjoyed the video and the pictures, that line looks as though it would make an interesting 'plank'

    Ian
     
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    Cor, after seeing those pictures and video, there's hope for my old Landrover yet :avatar:

    Paul
     
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    There is ALWAYS hope for an old Landie Paul!

    I *think* I have this sorted now to post the photos, so let's give it a whirl

    726 just after the turn-off for the crossing at State Mine Gully Rd to the museum, with a few of the locals looking on very impressed by what they saw.[​IMG]

    726 leading 661 past Lake Pillans station. The station is actually something that has been added in the history of the group, and did not actually exist when the line was in service. Not that you'd know that though, as they have done a bang-up job on creating it. Further work is to come.[​IMG]

    661 as seen from the cab of Possum, a 1912 built Manning Wardle 0-4-0ST (http://australiansteam.com/Possum.htm) that saw service over in the UK before purchace by G&C Hoskins of Lithgow in 1919 for their steelworks, which was the forerunner for the massive AIS/BHP/Bluescope Steel works at Port Kembla. The photo was taken to try and link Lithgow's former rail history with its heritage rail future.[​IMG]

    726 leading 661 out of Kandos on the second of the three shuttles from Rylstone to Kandos and return. The banner that was attached prior to travelling to Rylstone for the first time can be seen here, and features the logos of Lithgow State Mine Railway, Kandos Museum (our partners for the trip, and a wonderful group of people) and the 'Rylstone Rambler' logo in the center.[​IMG]

    And last for this photo set, 726 and 661 passing the Rylstone goods shed just out of the station proper, with the second of the three shuttle trips. Seeing the train physically at Rylstone was a wonderful moment, and this is actually the first time I had seen it from the outside as I'd worked it in on the first trip and first shuttle![​IMG]
     
  18. Gary

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    Great pics Zane. :thumbup:

    It looks as if the day was slightly overcast, which actually sets a nice mood in your pics. Is there much left at Rylstone ? Last time I was there I didn't get to visit the railway station.

    Cheers, Gary.

    ps. I must admit that seeing pics of the old NSWGR stirs me slightly to build another plank based on the NSWGR.... ;)
     
  19. mattc6911

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    Great pictures Zane thanks for sharing ! ( maybe add a couple more line breaks after a line of text and then add the photo to space things out a bit, it varies from browser to browser but if you use the preview button before posting you should get an idea how it looks :thumbs: )
    I'm intrigued by the name Lithgow, as I live in Scotland near a town called Linlithgow which is often shortened to Lithgow. Any ideas where the name originated ?
    Cheers
    Matt
     
  20. SMR CHRIS

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    Hi Matt
    Straight from Wikipedia

    It is located in a mountain valley named Lithgow's Valley by John Oxley in honour of William Lithgow, the first Auditor-General of New South Wales.
     

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