by Andrew Coble
On 10-11 May 2014 the Pichi Richi Railway Preservation Society held its inaugural rail fan weekend to mark the 40th anniversary of the heritage group. It was a two day celebration with special trips and photographic opportunities for its entire collection of operating rolling stock. AC videos were there to capture the action.
The first trip we see is a morning ride in Brill railcar number 106 and trailer 305 with both cab and run-by sequences. The trip takes us to Woolshed Flat where we board a mixed train hauled by former Commonwealth Railways steam loco NM25 for a number of photo run-bys through the picturesque Pichi Richi Pass which was green with vegetation following good rains. In the afternoon we see former Commonwealth Railways diesel shunting locomotive NB 30 put through its paces shunting a replica Hawker goods train in Quorn yard. A special guest is former South Australian Railways steam locomotive T186 which is shunted onto the train with NM25 albeit for static photo opportunities. The day finishes with the formation of a photographic line up of diesels NSU 52, NT 76 and NB30 as well as steamer NM25 at the Quorn depot.
The second day starts with former Central/Northern Australia Railway NT76 leading a mixed goods all the way to Port Augusta. Again we see cab ride sequences as well as spectacular run-bys in the Flinders Ranges. We then witness an afternoon run on a replica Broken Hill express hauled by former Western Australian Government Railway steam locomotive W916 dressed as Silverton Tramway's W22. We get to see two run-bys with the 4-8-2 working hard uphill to the location of Summit with an impressive collection of vintage passenger cars. We finish the event with some cab sequences in W916 and shots of it being serviced as the sun sets on a unique and exciting weekend of heritage railway action.
Duration 93 minutes. Filmed in Hi-Fi Digital. PAL
$35.00 each [ incl postage and handling ]