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Third Bombala Trip, July 1984

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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  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 15 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12878
  • Description : 48137 (with a 44 class behind) on a rare loco-hauled Canberra Monaro Express cross 3102 with an ARHS special to Bombala on the Cooma line.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 79385 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 15 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12879
  • Description : 3102 on the Monaro Plains, south of Cooma.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 83255 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 15 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12882
  • Description : 3102 on the Monaro Plains, south of Cooma.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 39679 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 15 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12883
  • Description : 3102 on the Monaro Plains, south of Cooma.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 70487 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 17 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12884
  • Description : 3102 on the Monaro Plains, south of Cooma.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 76335 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 17 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12888
  • Description : Apart from saying that this is on the Bombala line between Cooma and Bombala, I've got no idea where this picture was taken! Sorry.


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  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 17 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12891
  • Description : Now here I can do better. Near Maclauglin, near the old meatworks siding, I believe. Note the excellent view of the HCX composite guard's van immediately behind the loco.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 22878 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 17 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12896
  • Description : The author's two sons watch as 3102 approaches, near Bombala.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 68956 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 17 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12900
  • Description : 3102 shunts the Bombala yard.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 73836 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 21 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12901
  • Description : 3102 shunts Bombala yard. The early morning light gives the scene an almost sepia-like toning!


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 96609 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 21 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12902
  • Description : 3102 on a photo stop, soon after leaving Bombala. Compare this scene with the one taken two years earlier, 3102-66


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 79871 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 21 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12904
  • Description : De-ashing on the road: a culvert is put to good use. Unfortunately, this was but the first of several problems to beset 3102 on her return journey from Bombala on this particular trip. As it turned out, it was the last trip of 3102 to Bombala, but not because of these problems.


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  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 21 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12905
  • Description : The deashing continues: another view of the culvert!


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 29363 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 21 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12908
  • Description : The deashing continues: Mark Gore has the dirtiest job on the railway!


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  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 23 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12909
  • Description : Now it's Geoff Ross's turn! Geoff seems to be well equipped, at least.


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  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 23 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12912
  • Description : Near Maclaughlin on the way back (cf 3102-90 )


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  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 23 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12916
  • Description : In spite of the poor fire and low water, a couple of photostops were held on the return journey. Here 3102 poses at one of these photostops.


  • Image : dir=nsw/30class/ page=3102 112273 bytes, pixels
  • Date : Jul 1984, catalogued 23 Aug 1999
  • Photographer : John Hurst
  • Medium : Kodachrome, slide number 12925
  • Description : Alas. 3102's tender had not been properly filled, and she ran out of water in the middle of woop-woop. We had to call upon the Country Fire Association to send out a water tanker, and the fire had to be dropped. To make matters worse, the fire tanker got bogged on the way!


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