View single post by oztrainz
 Posted: Thu Aug 18th, 2016 11:18 am
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Joined: Wed Apr 10th, 2013
Location: Unanderra, Australia
Posts: 1098
Hi Bob,
As a 5 year-old kid it was a treat to be allowed to stay up late to watch the Cessnock Flyer come through with the S class and 2 passenger cars. My family was in one of the company houses at Aberdare colliery opposite Caledonia station platform from about 1959 through 1960. Sunday was a special treat because the Cessnock Flyer was hauled by a 48 class diesel, arriving at Cessnock mid morning.

My mother was less than impressed on her laundry days with the SMR tank locos on full coal trains that topped up their tanks and worked over their fires at Caledonia station before flogging uphill some more along Caledonia Bank on their way to Maitland.

By early 1961 we'd moved to the Illawarra and Dad had a new job with Australian Iron & Steel Collieries.

John Garaty
Unanderra in oz
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