Steam Action On The Short North

I Found A Great Video Featuring Steam at Hawkmount and Fassifern

Many of us old folks were young once, and photographing steam on the NSW main line between Gosford and Broadmeadow in the late 1960’s and early 1070’s.

I found a video where you can see and hear a 38 staccato beat climbing the bank on the mid day Flyer,and Double Garrats struggling over the summit with a fully loaded coal train.

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Double Garatts on the last Newstan Steam Hauled Coal Train December 1972

Personally, I have developed a fascination for the Fassifern area, which I am now modelling, including the Newstan Colliery and Toronto line.

I will never forget the site of the last double Garratts struggling up the 1 in 40 in late 1972.I was so lucky to have been there for this very special occasion.

Great Video

My reason for this post is that I found a video with some excellent footage of Fassifern and Hawkmount, the other major grade on the section, taken back in those days.

I reckon anyone interested in steam from those days, or those who just love steam action, will find this clip fascinating.

One of my more memorable exploits was a trip with a couple of school mates to Fassifern in the mid 1960’s. After being dropped off up the hill from our 620 rail car, we set up camp with a canvas tent only to have torrential rain all afternoon and evening. We eventually retreated back down the hill and headed home soaking wet with very little to show for it. Mind you these are the memories we treasure as we age!

Enjoy the video.


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