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Steam Train Review

Steam Train to Goulburn 03/05/15

It was a great day. We had the opportunity to appreciate the work that is done by volunteers who restore a little bit of history for our enjoyment and to bring back so many memories. Most travellers were up from 4.30am as the Heritage train departed Sydney Central Station at 7.45am.

3801 Limited and ARHS (ACT) gave us the unique opportunity to travel behind both the newly restored Clyde/GM 42101 diesel locomotive and the giant Garratt 6029 steam locomotive. The Beyer-Garratt 6029 is the largest operating steam engine in the Southern Hemisphere.

Initially the train was hauled by diesel locomotive 42101 down through the scenic Illawarra Line to Unanderra.  We then experienced the 42101 hard at work as it climbed the escarpment past Summit Tank and Robertson to Moss Vale, where we watched the ARHS (ACT)’s Garratt 6029 being joined to the Heritage Train.  The Garratt then headed the train for a stream run to Goulburn.

An enjoyable lunch for 42 of our group was consumed at the Goulburn Soldiers club.

After lunch the Garratt returned the train to Moss Vale where the 42101 took over for a brisk run back to Sydney via the Main South Line.

We had several fantastic photo opportunities of the Garratt being connected to the train plus the engine being shrouded in produced steam.

Many are looking forward to the next opportunity.

Thank you to Peter O’Loughlin, from Narellan Probus Club for organising.

Anna Degnan

Malcolm Fearns

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