The NSW division of 'Wheels On Steel' held their first get together.
The historic Neath Hotel in our lovely Hunter Valley was the location for the nights gossip and drinkies session with a few members showing up. Sadly work got in the way of attendence for some group stalwarts.
For those who don't know, the Neath Hotel sits between the South Maitland Railway and Maitland-Cessnock Road. The South Maitland carried steam locomotive hauled coal trains until the early 80s. From this date government trains traversed the still privately owned railway, while today operations are in the hands of Pacific National, while the line still remains owned by the SMR.
The photos here were taken around East Greta Junction and both show the former SMR workshops in the background. These workshop have reportedly been sold to Chris Richards of Rothbury fame and his collection is expected to move there early in the new year.
What this means for the current operations in the workshops and SMR10 and 18 is still unknown. Earlier plans of the new owner to run to run tours on the SMR have thus far come to nothing.