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From the Winch Collection
The following photos were kindly supplied to OTHR by Bob Winch on a visit to the branch line on 24th May 1979.
The copyright for these photos is retained by Bob Winch. These photos may NOT be reproduced without express written permission from the copyright holder.
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Note: these photographs were supplied by Bob and sequenced and captioned by the webmanager with advice from local resident Richard Webb. Any comments or suggestions about the sequence, date etc. would be appreciated - Rick   
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A down goods has just arrived at Oberon and some consignment has been unloaded to the platform (24th May 1979).
4917 has marshalled a short Up Goods ... and waits at the station for departure.

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4917 waiting to take the Up train to Tarana. The train has passed Rutters Ridge Road and is running towards the Tip Road.
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North of Mutton's Falls Road. In the background is the Kierstone Dog Rocks on the original Kierstone property (Kierstone being the original name for Carlwood Station).   Moving towards Tarana.
The consist: 4917, S truck, GLX (bogie louvre van), S, S(tarped),S, MHG (guard's van)

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This trip (24th May 1979) was not long before the final freight ran on
27th Sep 1979.


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Train is approaching the landmark at Tarana. (Shortly after this the train crosses the Tarana Gemalla Road). The train has arrived on the down main at Tarana, presumably to be marshalled onto a train heading for Lithgow. (Steve Prestons suggests..." the goods may have been routed onto the down main at Tarana to allow easy loading/unloading of any items onto the manned platform/office" This is confirmed by Richard Webb's recollections from the period.
POSTSCRIPT from Steve Preston -
"Loco 4917 pictured in the Winch collection continues to provide service today as KL82 being a member of the CFCLA loco fleet. It is unlikely that any of the other vehicles in the consist still exist and certainly wouldn’t be in revenue service today."
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