03 December, 2011

End of an Era - Kandos Line Closure

4486/4473 to Kandos

Today I had to be at Central Station early, for the 3801 Ltd Special train trip to Kandos for the End of an Era - Kandos Line Closure! Today though, it would not be 3801 doing the duties, but a pair of Alco's 44 class locos - 4486 & 4437.

The route for the day to the Central West, would have stops at Strathfield, Parramatta, Blacktown and Penrith before heading up the Blue Mountains for Katoomba and Lithgow.

Once we got to Charbon Colliery Junction, one loco was taken off and we became a push/pull due to insufficient space at Kandos Station. The line many years ago went to Mudgee and beyond, but Kandos will now suffer the plight with the cement mine's closure and no more services will run. Its a shame really...

Diesel Haulage up the Mountains

Inside the carriage

Forward View

Zig Zag Railway

When we arrived, I think most, if not ALL of the town was there to great us. 3801 Ltd was doing a 'gold coin' donation for a shuttle down to Clandulla and back whilst we from the big smoke went and had lunch in one of four locations in town! We headed to the RSL Clud for a 'Roast of the day' (which was Pork) which was yumm!!

Kandos Main Street

Kandos - End of the line...

Car 4 Guard - Penny for your thoughts...

The return saw us a little late, which meant WE had to wait for the XPT from Dubbo (bound for Sydney) to pass before us at Wallerawang!

We arrived back into Sydney (late) at 9.35pm and Central Station was decorated for Christmas!

Central Station Christmas Decorations

Hoo roo for now...


1 comment:

  1. So sad to see these import links to the past end. Great shot of the old guard. Also, how pretty in the Sydney Terminal.


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