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September 2015
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Not the Skitube. On Friday afternoon 17 July, NSW TrainLink Interurban V Set V48 on a Down service from Sydney is surrounded by snow at Katoomba, following heavy falls the night before (see 'Winter Wonderland', starting page 38). Brian Ayling
Features

The Winton 'Goods'
The traditional wayside goods train, conveying general freight and dropping a variety of wagons and freight at numerous stations along the line, has almost disappeared from the Australian rail scene. Some trains, including grain and intermodal services, still drop wagons off at intermediate points along the line but these trains generally bear little resemblance to the small (by today's standards) wayside freight services, often comprising a collection of open wagons and vans, that once polished Australian rails. John Hoyle takes a look at a fascinating survivor, still treading the rails in outback Queensland.

Winter Wonderland
From mid-July through into early August, an ongoing blast of cold Antarctic air brought temperatures down throughout NSW, and produced the sort of snowfalls not seen for 20 years in the Southern Highlands, Blue Mountains, Central West and Northern Tablelands. Though welcomed in the ski fields, the extreme weather created serious problems for the State's transport network; particularly in the Blue Mountains and Central West.


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