Wednesday, January 2, 2008
Throughout the course of ones dreary railfan life we usually get into routines that see us headed to the same locations on a regular basis.
During the first half of the 90s it was the custom for a group of us dribblies to head to Cooks River to see 7SP5 depart for Perth and 3196 arrive from Melbourne.
While 7SP5 would regularly impress with regular quads, mostly of 80 class, but also with the odd 44, 45, 442 or 422 thrown in, 3196 would normally be a 'yawn worthy' combo of 81 and G classes. Sometimes a real bonus would be to get a C class in the shafts for a change, but this was usually the exception to the rule.
However on the 27th of March in the wonderful year of 1993, much foam was spread far and wide with an arrival of 3196 with C505 up front.
Had we discovered the wonderful benefits of alcohol by this time I am sure we would have headed up to the pub for a celebratory drink, instead it was kebabs all round at Victoria Yeeros in Marrickville.