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8649 Transfer from Werris Creek


On the 2nd December 2019 Electric Locomotive 8649 was transferred from Werris Creek to Morandoo Yard (near Broadmeadow) in preparation to be lifted off its bogies at Cardiff workshops, to enable a full examination of the underframe. This was the first time 8649 had left the Werris Creek area in nearly 20 years. Following this inspection the locomotive is expected to be returned to Werris Creek for further recommissioning works.

A vista of 1970s and 1980s NSW State Government infrastructure investment at Lake Liddel near Muswellbrook. Here we see two ex-State Rail Authority locos in front of two ex-Electricity Commission power stations. Now they are all transferred to the private sector. Like letting the 86 class mostly go to scrap, the private sector is taking a similar view of 1970s built Liddell Power Station seen on the right (1980s built Bayswater is on the left). Photo by Michael McGinty

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