NRG Flinders

March 2003

The Leigh Creek line is a heavy haul coal line,and one of the longest runs in the southern Hemisphere for sectioncar operators

This trip there were four cars along, two formerNSWGR SIC's, a former Commonwealth Railways M19 and a formerAustralian National A5.

This run saw people travel from afar, including including John Kirk from Melbourne, Steve Overmyer from Sydney, andespecially John and Jeanne Black who travelled to Adelaide all theway from Washington State USA.

This run based itself at Parachilna, and made use of thewonderful resources of the Prairie Hotel. Its worth the trip just tostay at the Prairie. The idea was to avoid some of the fatigue issues associated with running the whole line, as well as to make the trip that little bit more comfortable.

The group headed north on the Saturday, up toCopley, and south to Neuroodla on the Sunday.

 Day One

North to Copley and we were delayed an hour or twoas we waited for the welding gang to finish up for the morning. Theguy with the bushy beard is one of the welding gang. To the left isSteve O and to the right is Ian Harris.

Harsco reaches into the remote outback ofAustralia.

In the front is 1960's technology, an M19, behindis the rail puller in use by the gang, with the FairmontTamper/Harsco trailer in the background.

Beltana Siding.

John Kirk on Nic Doncasters M19 - this was hisfirst time on a speeder, and the first time he has seen the LeighCreek line from ballast level.

On the long curve from Leigh Creek toCopley

All the cars on Windy Creek Bridge

M19, SIC, SIC, A5 and the hirail

Jeanne Kleyn and a bunch of friendly Oz flies, anda friendly Steve Overmyer to the right.

Beltana on the way back

Safely back at Parachilna, with the cars securedto the track for the night.

Dion (L), the safeworker, and Steve (R)share a joke.

Day 2 heading south

Neuroodla is our target.

Photostop on the way home.

Our trusty steads.

And we are ready to go....

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