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SETS Travels to Junee (part I)

   
 

Over the weekend of 30th & 31st May, 2009, SETS' rollingstock previously stored at Hornsby Maintenance Centre was transferred by rail to Junee roundhouse. Electric locomotives 4615 and 8606, and single deck interurban ("U-boat") cars CF5003 and CF5021 were hauled by heritage diesel locomotive 4403, which is based at Junee. After departing HMC on Saturday morning, the train headed through to the Southern Highlands with an over-night stop at Yass junction, before continuing south to Junee. Presented here are images taken over both days, as far as Cootamundra. The future second instalment will feature the remainder of the trip.

For further information about RHTA at Junee roundhouse, visit their website. All photographs Michael McGinty.



 
After departure from HMC, the train was stopped at Flemington Markets for a planned inspection of all bogies to ensure everything was travelling safely, and there was no overheating occurring in the axle boxes
 
 
Upon arrival at Moss Vale on Saturday evening, the train was placed in the Down Refuge, to allow the cross of a CityRail Endeavour service and a Pacific National freight service
 
 
With the train still waiting in the Refuge, this view of the walkway between the two platforms shows anotherwise quiet Moss Vale station. Looking across to platform 1, the booking office and main entrance is to the right.
 
 
After an overnight stay at Yass Junction, 4403 hauls 8606, 4615, CF5021 and CF5003 through Galong on Sunday morning
 
 
An unusual sight with CF5003 trailing the transfer train, well out of the electrified territory on the main South, as it passes an upper quadrant semaphore signal at Galong
 
 
Almost midday and getting close to Cootamundra, 4403 and its charge approach the Olympic Highway overbridge
 
 
The triangle junction at Cootamundra North offers the option of branching onto the Lake Cargelligo branch via the disused Cootamunda West station and onto Stockinbingal and Temora, linking through to Forbes and Parkes. On this occasion, however, the SETS transfer train NL91 continues on the main South through to Cootamundra on its journey to Junee
 



 
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