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A 45mm Gauge Railway

by Ian and Mo Blackburn

17th June 2017

     The following photographs are courtesy of Mike Barton, except where shown otherwise.

An ore handling train of empties is returned to the "Coolamusta 2 Mine" by one the line's Ore-Mover overhead catenary engines, above.


On arrival at the mine, the engine is detached from the train to enable one of the diesel engines to take the empty wagons to the ore loading facility.


The engine is seen, below, approaching the loading plant with the empty hopper wagons.

Above, an ore hopper wagon being filled with ore.


Below, the train of loaded wagons starts its journey back to the "Harrison Point Port" ore discharge shed.

Above, the first wagon of the train is in the ore discharge facility preparing to release its load down to the waiting ship.


Below, Group Members David Williams and Dave Mills watch as the line's Chief Engineer, Ian Blackburn, supervises the unloading operations.

Mike Barton's Hudson "Go-Go" rail mounted tractor was put to work delivering sundries along the line. It is seen, below, awaiting line clearance at the "Coolamusta 2 Mine".

Dave Mills' Unitah Railway Mallet prepares to leave the sidings at "Harrison Point Port", above.


Below, the engine with its train out on the main line.

Above and below, Gavin Cooper's Sammie in charge of a log train, heading for the mine.

Below, Mike Barton's Leader with the log train.

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The line has a new overhead catenary maintenance train, seen below. Overhead wires may be retrieved using the first wagon, whilst the last wagon facilitates the replacement of new wires.

Above, the resident Millie takes the log train round the line.

At the end of the day the Hudson "Go-Go" is still shunting its wagons of sundry supplies at the mine, above.

23rd July 2017

Below, Phil Vose's Billie brings the Consolidated Shales Railways Historical Society "Enthusiasts' Special Train" around the bend towards the "Coolamusta 2 Mine".


Photograph courtesy of Phil Vose.