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[TramsDownUnder] rE: re: RE: Re Rare pictures - the VR St Kilda tramway / railway connection

Noel Reed
 

On  Wednesday, 29 November 2017 2:22 PM      Matthew Geier <matthew@...  wrote---

In recent times in Sydney, the AK inspection train has been hauled by a
pair of S set motors on each end. They fitted MU cables though the AK set so the front 'C' car could control the rear two, not just the one coupled 'elephant style' behind it. ...............................................

A separate temporary MU cable was used back in the fifties when a new VR ‘flat-top’ T class loco built by the Clyde Engineering Co was trialled on standard gauge in Sydney coupled with Clyde loco ‘D1’ which was purchased by the Fyansford Cement Co near Geelong, Victoria. These two locos ran in MU to Victoria, were changed to 5’3” gauge at Bandiana and operated to Melbourne.                                    Loco D1 was changed again to 3’6” gauge  to replace an Australian Standard Garratt  [ASG] loco for use on the Fyansford quarry line. The quarry line had Westinghouse single line automatic signalling with track circuits, supplied by McKenzie & Holland Aust.

After the quarry railway closed, the 3’6” gauge loco D1 was purchased by the VR, changed again to 5’3” gauge, re-numbered to  T413 and used on the Wodonga – Cudgewa line because it had been originally equipped for its use at Fyansford with dynamic braking because of the steep grades.

Noel Reed

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Subject: Re: [TramsDownUnder] rE: re: RE: Re Rare pictures - the VR St Kilda tramway / railway connection

So the old motors could be coupled back to back ?

I'm not so familiar with the old single deck (32v control) Sydney stock,
but the DD motors were specifically wired so that it was impossible to
couple two motors back to back and have a viable combination. There were
no MU sockets at the other end, only jumper cables. Couple two back to
back and there was no way to MU them together.

They could be coupled nose-to-tail and did run in MMTM combinations. The
heritage F1 set is in a MMTM combination. (Or CCTC in Sydney notation)

In recent times in Sydney, the AK inspection train has been hauled by a
pair of S set motors on each end. They fitted MU cables though the AK set so the front 'C' car could control the rear two, not just the one coupled 'elephant style' behind it. __._,_._

Posted by: Matthew Geier <matthew@...>