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This was the last trip to Bombala by steam, and was made notorious by the fact that the loco ran out of water on the return journey, just south of the Monaro Plains. This had dire consequences for those passengers who had hoped to make connections at Queanbeyan with the Canberra pass., in order to get back to Sydney!
The trip was also very memorable for the author, as he was on footplate duty in the wee hours of the morning, shovelling coal forward in the bitterly cold pre-dawn atmosphere. But the view from the tender looking forward over the cab at the countryside as it was sliced by the beam of the headlamp was absolutely magic, and as haunting a scene as you could ever imagine!
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