Four of the best … Iain

Following on from the previous blog post, here are four images captured by Iain at the November 2015 operating session on the Border District. Again, my thanks to Iain for taking the time and effort to record a few workings … while driving, shunting and shuffling ABLO cards, no less …

Jam loco and van

In the image above, Iain has captured SAR English Electric 907 undertaking some shunting at Jameston, having worked SAR TN 147 from Tatiara Downs. This working seeks to replicate the “real life” 1970s Naracoorte to Kingston goods, also SAR TN 147. As well as breaking up SAR TN 147, 907 will go about making up the return working – SAR TN 148. In this scene, the 900 class has taken the 8300 van off the train and is positioning it out of harm’s way …

Tat stock

The quiet afternoon can be felt in the above shot, taken by the stockyards at Tatiara Downs. Iain has become somewhat renowned for getting the “Jameston” gig, spending most of his time at the brach station and narrow gauge interchange … so it is great to see he was able to capture an image from another location on the Border District!

Jam stonie

A busy few minutes at Jameston! Above, it would appear the Train Controller has “gotten it wrong”, allowing SAR Alco 956 (foreground) on SAR TN 185, the empty “Paper Jet” to head down the branch before SAR TN 583A “Stonie” (background, with 965 – another Alco – at the head). The reason for the error – there was no Train Controller for the session! Not to worry though … once SAR TN 583A is in the clear in the yard, 956 will push the consist of SAR TN 185 back out onto the branch and clear of the signal. This will then allow 965 to swap the Goods Brake to the other end of the loaded stone hoppers, return to the front and “do the brakes”. 956 will then be able to bring the empty “Paper Jet” back into the yard, clearing the main for 965 and SAR TN 584 “Stonie” to depart for Port Adelaide. Simples …

Jam paper

The session is nearly done as 956 can be seen on the point of the loaded “Paper Jet” – SAR TN 186 – again at Jameston. The “Paper Jets”, TNs 185 and 186, represent some of the most difficult shunting at Jameston – in terms of number of sidings to be worked and the physical size of trains. Empty box and louvre vans are brought in for paper loading at the Apcel Mill, while soda ash and pulp paper also arrive, with wagons returning empty. A range of wagons loaded with paper for Adelaide, Perth and Sydney can be seen immediately behind the loco. 956 will soon depart for Border Junction, to cross the eastbound “Overland”, before continuing at pace westwards …



2 thoughts on “Four of the best … Iain

  1. Hi. Thanks for sharing your fun here. I was interested in your comments about a narrow gauge connection to Beachport. I have a great love of the place from numerous holidays there as a kid. My Nephew is also interested in modelling this station, but in N Scale. I have warned him about the large space eating triangle there and wondered if you were planning to try to do a correct track plan or not. The space problem is exacerbated by the reach needed to get to the Goods yard, but this may alter if you model from the SW view, not the NE view, but this would mean looking at all the back of the buildings. My alternative suggestion to him was to pretend that it had been gauge widened in the 50’s and the entry to the station changed ends coming in from the Lake George end of the station instead of around the coast and then installing a turntable instead of the triangle. It all suggests a much busier town of course which would be good for model railroading. One train a week with a Y class hardly seems entertaining !!! Anyway. Food for thought and I thought I’d share it with you. Happy modelling. Mark Wilson Adelaide.

  2. Mark,
    Sincere thanks for your kind words and comment. Yes, I’ve removed myself from any such dilemma regarding the modelling of Beachport by having it as an “off layout” destination! I’m looking forward to modelling Jameston as if Millicent were a “break of gauge” station in the 1970s … but reckon Beachport modelled as a broad gauge seaside terminus could be a real goer – has your son commenced his layout?
    Kind regards,

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