A Steam Train Passes

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A Steam Train Passes
Posted by M636C on Thursday, October 15, 2020 8:32 PM

I included this video in a post on the Trains forum about cab facilities (scene at 10:30). I've found a better quality video so I thought I should post it here.


This film was produced in the suburb I grew up in in Sydney, and the copies are now held by the National Film and Sound Archives not far from my home now.

The locomotive is back working after years out of service. I watched the arrival of the last regular steam service into Sydney in October 1969, which had this locomotive and a very similar train. The cars were rebuilt from much older cars in the late 1930s. Most cars were much more similar to USA passenger cars. This train (set 109) was a permanently coupled six car set and you can see how close the cars are coupled.The accomodation was in compartments with a side corridor.

Only a couple of years ago, the film was used to explain the operation of the "electric staff" system of single line safe working (scene at 16:00).

I think there are web sites explaining the individual locations.

If you can watch this on a big screen, it is worth it....


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Posted by Flintlock76 on Thursday, October 15, 2020 9:56 PM

A wonderful, wonderful film Peter!  Thanks so much for posting it, it's one of the best rail films I've ever seen!  And I took your advice and went full-screen, it was WELL worth it!

By the way, I see cooking bacon and eggs on a coal shovel isn't just an American thing!  

Watch this movie everyone, you won't be sorry you did!


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