Some Typical Train Formations:  Young to Harden 1972

Page added 20th February 1999

In 1972, when I was a tender young enthusiast, aged 15, I, like most of my ilk, would spend many hours "hanging around" the local railway station, which in my case, was the now closed station at Young, then an important point on the cross country secondary line running from Blaney on the NSWGR's Western Line to Demondrille on the Southern Line.  In those days, even though steam had been replaced by 48 class diesels since 1966/67, operation and traffic patterns had changed little from days past, other than the slow decline in traffic volume, that along with the fuel crisis of 1974 and the "rationalisation" of services that took place under the PTC and SRA in the late '70s and '80s, finally caused the almost complete abandonment of this once important cross country link.  At that time, being quite well known to the local railway staff, I had free access to all parts of the station and yard, and would spend many interesting and enjoyable hours observing shunting operations "from the ground" and even on occasions assisting, an activity unthinkable in this safety conscious day and age.  On a couple of occasions I accompanied the Guard as he recorded his train details on the "X2010" form prior to departure, likewise recording the train details in my notebook.  This notebook recently "resurfaced" during packing operations for our move, so here are the details recorded in those far off days, giving an interesting "snapshot" of typical secondary line workings of the NSWGR right at the end of the "Steam Era" of traffic patterns. 
 

6th May 1972  Dep. 5.40pm
Code and Number Description Origin Destination Contents
4823 Loco Young Harden Crew
S 17186 Open Wagon Lithgow Wagga Coal
GHG 31071 Guards Van Young Harden Guard
8th May 1972 No 23 328 tons
Code and Number Description Origin Destination Contents
4821 Loco Young Harden Crew
GLV 31486 Louvre Van Young Darling Harbour Fruit
GF No 15 Petrol Tank Young Botany Empty
S 17711 Open Wagon Young Darling Harbour Export Wool
S 21482 Open Wagon Young Canterbury Flour
ESSO No 82 Petrol Tank Young Botany Empty
CAL No 117 Petrol Tank Young Botany Empty
S 2577 Open Wagon Canowindra Menangle Not recorded  (Hay?)
K 24623 Open Wagon Young Darling Harbour Empty Beer Barrels
S 3516 Open Wagon Young Darling Harbour Empty Beer Barrels
S 19278 Open Wagon Young Darling Harbour Empty Gas Cylinders
S 17454 Open Wagon Gulgong Wagga Coal
S 13025 Open Wagon Gulgong Cootamundra Coal
S 17412 Open Wagon Gulgong Cootamundra Coal
S 3079 Open Wagon Kandos Cootamundra Cement
S 5365 Open Wagon Cowra Cootamundra Empty
LV 1146 Louvre Van Young Harden Empty "out-of" truck
S 6490 Open Wagon Young Harden Empty
GHG 31071 Guards Van Young Harden Guard
12th May 1972 Friday
Code and Number Description Origin Destination Contents
4820 Loco Young Harden Crew
MBC 25713 Closed Van Young Darling Harbour/Sth Brisbane Fruit (prunes)
S 4092 Open Wagon Young Darling Harbour Causmag Ore
GF No 7 Petrol Tank Young Botany Empty
S 15390 Open Wagon Young Canberra Flour
LV 1146 Louvre Van Young Harden Empty "out-of" truck
GHG 31071 Guards Van Young Harden Guard
 17th May 1972 Wednesday
Code and Number Description Origin Destination Contents
4820 Loco Young Harden Crew
S 1845 Open Wagon Young Kingsvale Empty
S 14124 Open Wagon Canowindra Cambelltown Agricultural Produce
K 26502 Open Wagon Canowindra Moss Vale Agricultural Produce
S 9866 Open Wagon Nanami Nowra Agricultural Produce
S12907 Open Wagon Eugowra Albion Park Agricultural Produce
BBW W483 Ballast Wagon ? ? Empty
BBW W27 Ballast Wagon ? ? Empty
S 17667 Open Wagon Charbon Illabo Cement
BRH 28735 Cement Hopper Charbon Wagga Cement
S 11777 Open Wagon Lithgow Cootamundra Coal
S 19237 Open Wagon Lithgow Wagga Coal
S 9361 Open Wagon Charbon Coolamon Cement
S 8172 Open Wagon Wallerawang Wagga Coal
S 7119 Open Wagon Wallerawang Wagga Coal
LV 1146 Louvre Van Young Harden Empty "out-of" truck
GHG 31071 Guards Van Young Harden Guard
14th June 1972 363 tons
Code and Number Description Origin Destination Contents
4820 Loco Young Harden Crew
MLV 23256 Louvre Van Young Darling Harbour Dried fruit
MLV 1329 Louvre Van Young Darling Harbour Empty "out-of" truck *
GF No 35 Petrol Tank Young Botany Empty
K 23904 Open Wagon Young Goulburn Wool
S 7738 Open Wagon Young Darling Harbour Wool
S 15323 Open Wagon Gulgong Wagga Coal
LLV 11287 Louvre Van Young Griffith Empty
MLV 6994 Louvre Van Bathurst Leeton Empty
S 18795 Open Wagon Portland Wagga Cement
S 18070 Open Wagon Gulgong Wodonga Coal
HRH 29155 Cement Hopper Charbon Albury Cement
S 8944 Open Wagon Charbon Wagga Cement
S 5521 Open Wagon Charbon Wagga Cement
LV 4795 Louvre Van Young Harden Empty "out-of" truck
GHG 31071 Guards Van Young Harden Guard
*  marked as "out-ofs" for Bowning, Binalong, Galong, Wallembeen?! and Murrumburrah on Down journey. 
19th July 1972 Notes not complete
Code and Number Description Origin Destination Contents
4821 Loco Young Harden Crew
CW ? Cattle Wagon ? ? ?
CW ? Cattle Wagon ? ? ?
BCW ? Cattle Wagon ? ? ?
S 9088 Wood Bodied Open Wagon ? ? Coal
S ? Open Wagon ? ? Cement
MHG 11713 Guards Van Young Harden Guard
22nd August 1972 Dep Young
10.36 am
Arrive Kingsvale 11.06am Dep Kingsvale
11.10am
Arrive Harden 11.45am
   
And here it is, taken 
with my mother's Instamatic at the 
begining of a family 
trip to Queensland.
 
Code and Number Description Origin Destination Contents
4825 Loco Young Harden Crew
MLV 12199 Louvre Van Cowra Nth Dynon Perishables
HRH 29170 Cement Hopper Charbon Albury Bulk Cement
BCW 29809 Cattle Wagon Blaney Jerildarie Cattle
BCW 29760 Cattle Wagon Blaney Jerildarie Cattle
L 33  * ? ? Cootamundra? ?
KLV 23275 Louvre Van ? ? Empty "out-of" truck?
CR 1376 Passenger Car Young Harden McInerney Family!
GHG 31077 Guards Van Young Harden Guard
* Marked "S & T Branch Cootamundra"

 
Notes: 
  • GHG 31071 and LV 1146 were "captive" on this service for quite a long time.
  • 4820 to 4825 were regularly seen at Young at this time, from memory it was rare to see any other locos.  Other sightings were; 27th June and 4th July, 4820,  29th July, 4824.
  • The coal traffic from Gulgong, Wallerawang and Lithgow was mostly for the coal fired boilers of the laundries of hospitals.  Both of Young's hospitals had coal fired laundries at this time and regularly received shipments of coal as well. 
  • Heavy cement traffic.
  • Young was a major fruit growing area and a lot was sent out by rail.
  • The amount of traffic travelling between country stations.
Lambing Flat Home Page
Lambing Flat Locomotive  Page
Lambing Flat Layout Page
Dogbox Colour Schemes
Trestle at Old Junee 
Archival Recording #1
EAM/LAM/VAM Colour Schemes
L Car Colour Schemes
 Stock wagons of the NSWR
AM/BJ/FJ Cars
Trains at Young 1972
 Modifying the Lima 38
NSWGR Drawgear 1963
 
Rurr Valley Railway
 
1