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TM Editor Bruce Belbin

TM Editor Bruce Belbin Assistant Editor Shane O’Neil National Affairs Lawrance Ryan Editorial Assistant Darren Tulk International Ken Date General Manager Paul Scells Subscriptions: Ph: 02 9699 4595 Fax: 02 9699 1714 Editorial Office: Ph: 02 8394 9016 Fax: 02 9699 1714 ARHS Bookshop: Ph: 02 9699 4595 Fax: 02 9699 1714 Mail: 67 Renwick Street, Redfern NSW 2016 Publisher: Australian Railway Historical Society NSW Division, ACN 000 538 803 Print Post 100009942 Publication No. Newsagent Gordon and Gotch Ltd Distribution Mailing & Distribution Ligare Pty Limited and Australia Post Printing Ligare Pty Limited Website www.railwaydigest.com.au Facebook www.facebook.com/railwaydigest Contributor Guidelines Articles and illustrations remain the copyright of the author and publisher. Please do not submit photos or articles that have been previously published or submitted to other publications. Article contributions are welcome; views expressed in this magazine are not necessarily those of the editorial staff or publisher. We welcome photographs of current Australian railway subjects in the form of digital files. Please include a detailed description including train details, time, date, place and photographer’s name at the time of submission. Items that are not returned may be held within the ARHSnsw Railway Resource Centre. Please limit email sizes to 15MB and Readers Write letter submissions to 500 words. Publication deadlines: Railway Digest is published on the last Wednesday of each month prior to the cover date. The deadline for advertisements and contributions is the 1st of the month prior to the cover date. Copyright © Australian Railway Historical Society New South Wales Division 2018w Contact email addresses Editorial editor@railwaydigest.com.au Photographic contributions photos@railwaydigest.com.au Articles/submissions articles@railwaydigest.com.au Subscription enquiries/change of address mail@arhsnsw.com.au Contributors Tony Bailey, Ben Chatwin, James Chuang, Alan Graham, Peter Hower, John Hoyle, Philip Jeeves, Geoff Lillico, Vaughn Moore, David Whiteford. Arc Infrastructure, Australian Financial Review, Bombardier Transportation, Braidwood Times, The Burnie Advocate, Byron Echo, The Canberra Times, CBH Group, City of Mount Gambier Council, Goulburn Post, GrainCorp, The Hobart Mercury, International Railway Journal, Newcastle City Council, The Newcastle Herald, Nhill Free Press & Kaniva Times, Public Transport Authority of Western Australia, Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council, South Australian Minister for Sustainability, Environment and Conservation – Ian Hunter MLC, South Australian Department of Planning, Transport and Infrastructure, Sydney Morning Herald, TasRail, Transport for NSW, VicTrack, The West Australian, Western Australia Minister for Transport – Hon Rita Saffioti MLA, Yarra Trams. www.constructionadvisor.com.au , www.forrestfieldairportlink.wa.gov.au www.portstrategy.com , www.transport.act.gov.au February 2018 Volume 56, Number 2 Signalling & Infrastructure: Torrens Junction February 2018 • $10.00 North West Frontier – revisited Fine dining on Bellarine Railway’s Q Train Gold Coast light rail stage two opens early Published monthly by the Australian Railway Historical Society (NSW Division) Features North West Frontier – Revisited 26 Readers may recall Alan Graham’s account of his 2014 Pilbara trip, published in the April 2015 edition of Railway Digest. In his closing remarks Alan hinted that another visit might be possible if the right circumstances permitted. By mid-2016, after renewed contact with long-time good friend Greg who continued to be employed by the Fortescue Metals Group as a locomotive driver, thoughts of returning to the Pilbara became more compelling. In this month’s RD we present part one of Alan’s account of the marvellous adventure that resulted. Gold Coast light rail stage two opens early 32 In contrast to the late and controversial delivery of two other south-east Queensland rail projects, the Redcliffe railway and New Generation Rollingstock EMUs, stage two of the Gold Coast light rail (known as the G:Link or simply the ‘G:’) opened ahead of schedule on Sunday, 17 December 2017. The opening celebrations commenced with the 5.29 am departure of Bombardier Flexity 2 No.05 with the first public tram service from Helensvale station. John Hoyle was there. Regulars Rail Industry 4 Railway people 6 News 8 Signalling & Infrastructure 40 Preservation and Tourist 46 – Fine dining on Bellarine Railway’s Q Train 46 – Moss Vale Sesquicentenary 53 – Byron Bay solar train 56 Readers Write 57 Cover: In the late afternoon light of Thursday 7 December 2017, ARG Goninan/GE units P2508, P2509 and P2512 haul 5725 Up Perenjori to Geraldton loaded ore train around the sweeping curve approaching Chintapee Road at Bringo, WA. John Scott Back cover upper: CSR 012 and CSR 001 lead 47 vehicles of SCT train 6MB9 towards the lower bridge on Cullerin Bank between Fish River and Cullerin on Saturday 16 December 2017. CSR 012 was built as BK 002 for Bradken, but has operated for SCT for about a year. It has only recently been repainted and renumbered. The numbers in particular have a different typeface to those on CSR 001. Peter Clark Back cover lower: It hasn’t taken long after the Christmas/New Year break for the GWA grain train crews to get back into the swing of things, because the harvest is well under way. GWA007, ALF22 and GWU006 are putting maximum power to rail as loaded Wolseley ‘grainie’ 2184 slogs it out on the Callington climb on Wednesday 3 January. Malcolm Holdsworth

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