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December 2016
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Platform 2016
Rail Industry
Railway people
– First 81 on the AK Test Train to Oatlands
– The Sydney XPT and the Whipore Cow
Rolling Stock
– The Aurizon Loram Model RGS Rail Grinder MMY 521
– Rolling stock contracts and deliveries
Preservation and Tourist
– Walhalla Goldfields Railway Update 52
– Narrogin Memorial unveiled
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QR Heritage steam locomotive BB18¼ 1089, on its Steam Train Sunday run on 2 October, is seen departing Ascot on the way back to the City after its second run around the Pinkenba loop. In the background, the heritage semaphore signals can be seen guarding Ascot Station, although these days they are fixed in place and the loop road points at Ascot have been removed, hence the white cross on the signal for the loop. Peter Reading


GrainCorp's new Calleen Terminal in full swing
GrainCorp's new service centre and rail terminal at Calleen, on the Temora – Lake Cargelligo line in western NSW, opened its rail loading facilities in September. The first of two new facilities constructed under GrainCorp's Project Regeneration, it is currently being visited by regular 40-wagon two-locomotive Pacific National trains to clear grain prior to the arrival of this year's harvest.
John Hoyle reports.

Railway Digest is pleased to present a selection of night photography. Some of these images incorporate people whose lives have to be adjusted to do the work that's essential in keeping the railways running, such as author, photographer – and locomotive driver – David Campbell.

The prospects for short line operations in New South Wales
Back in January 2004, in an article in Railway Digest, Frank Lander and Geoff Smith called for both political and rail industry leaders to think outside the square on the potential for a North American-style revival of regional branch lines, and speculated that NSW could be the first state in Australia to do it. More than 12 years have passed and the 'short line revolution' in NSW is yet to emerge. Ian Gray, Philip Laird and Nick Montague take a look at the current situation and consider the possibilities.

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