Sunday, September 17, 2017

Catherine Hill Bay

Although not to much remains at Catherine Hill Bay from a railway point of view but
what is left is interesting. (well I think) Once a busy unique little seaside town with 
coal mines and a standard gauge railway that carried coal to a large ocean jetty for
 loading of coal ships.  Now the mines and the railway have gone Catherine Hill Bay
 has become a sleepy little town.

A close up of whats left of the trestle bridge that once crossed
 the creek near the beach

showing how close it is to the beach

The jetty in which the coal ships where once loaded

Where these gates are located is the start of the jetty that once
 had coal trains on it for unloading directly onto waiting ships


Located south of the cemetery is the remnants of this water
tank once used to fill steam locomotives of water 


The brick foundations where surprisingly in good condition

The water tank itself has definitely seen better days

Till next time 
 Mathew Hughes

Monday, September 11, 2017

Peter Boormans workshop and Andian models BBP (a quick look)

I have always wondered what Peter Boormans kits where like but seeing how he 
does N gauge and I model HO I never got the chance to build one of his kits till
 now. Peter Boormans workshop and Andian models combined together to do this
BBP (bogie ballast plough)kit in HO and I just had to get one.

Kit is packaged well

The lost wax brass components 

The brass etches 


Urethane chassis 

And some urethane detail parts
The kits looks great if not a little daunting but the parts look great. It comes with a
 very comprehensive instructions on a CD and plenty of reference photos and small
 decal sheet is included. Overall looks awesome and credit to them for making
 something different.
PS Peter Boorman was great to deal with and some other model company's could
 learn a thing or two on customer service from him

Till next time
 Mathew Hughes

Sunday, August 27, 2017

Newcastle line (well what was left of it) pt3



A scene that will never be repeated again and a reminder
to take as many photos as you can because boring and
mundane things disappear forever.

How Newcastle Station looks today

Some of the infrastructure being removed


The old signal box


I wonder what else will get demolished

Till next time
  Mathew Hughes

Thursday, July 20, 2017

Newcastle line (well whats left of it) pt2



This poster on the wall of Civic station made me laugh. Travel with
CityRail (except to NSW's second largest city)
Some pics of the rail line and infrastructure being removed



And finally the ghost station that is Civic  





Till next time
 Mathew Hughes

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wickham Station (Well what is left of it)

Hi All,
 I've never really photographed the Newcastle line much over years; I guess I just
took it for granted that it would always be there. The decision to end the line at
Hamilton surprised me but not as much as how quickly it was ripped up and knocked
down because as a Novacastrian I know things happen around here usually rather slowly.
Here are some shots taken around Wickham Station over the last fortnight.







The light rail station

Till next time
 Mathew Hughes

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

ADPF2003F part 2

I had not seen ADPF 2003F since it was disassembled in the Varley yard.
pics here
Now rebuilt with the body removed.
One thing I did notice that was different is the little guards to protect the
wheels from ballast.






Till next time
 Mathew Hughes

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Some recent pictures




EL61/EL56 leave Kooragang Island after unloading

Aurizon 42107 shunting the Carrington yard No2 end leading
still showing its old Interail paint scheme

Lone 82 shunts a single RRLX wagon while SSR classes are about
to unload grai
n

SSR/El Zorro hybrid paint job good to see the Edward Henty
plates still being used

One that I kept missing but finally got was B61 in the one off
Streamliners scheme with 44206 and RL305 behind

One of my Favourite locos 48123 with the peeling Freight Corp paint you
can still see the tuscan and chrome colours under neath 

And last but not least 621/721 on tour heading south through
Adamstown 


Till next time
 Mathew Hughes


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

SSR BGKF 1111L grain hopper

This SSR's latest acquisition ex PacNat bombay door discharging coal hoppers that SSR have
modified with a fibreglass lid. I think this particular one was an NHKF







Till next time
 Mathew Hughes