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Young and old admire famous train

Monday, 15th August, 2011

YOUNG AND OLD: Two-year-old Benjamin Miller admires the Southern Aurora. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt YOUNG AND OLD: Two-year-old Benjamin Miller admires the Southern Aurora. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

Famous 1960s passenger train the Southern Aurora rolled into the city last week.

The train, carrying 89 passengers and 20 crew, stopped over in Broken Hill as part of the NSW Rail and Transport Museum’s Heritage Express tours.

The tours run non-profit rail holidays with all money raised put back into the museum.

The train has 11 passenger cars and two dining, two lounge and five sleeping carriages.

Passengers visited Menindee Lakes on Friday with Silver City Tours, and ventured to Wilcannia, Silverton and Copi Hollow over the weekend.

Train manager, Glenn Buckman, told the BDT the train was operated solely by volunteers.

 

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Mr Buckman, a former printer, said the few who were paid for their jobs on board often donated their wage back to the museum.

“We love being with the passengers,” he said.

“It’s full of people who are interested in travelling on trains.

“We’re here because we love it,” he said. “We’re all interested in trains.”

Silver City Tour’s Andrew Wilson said he was pleased to see the train enthusiasts back in Broken Hill.

“These guys come fairly regularly,” he said.

The train was due leave the city last night for Parkes.

 

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YOUNG AND OLD: Two-year-old Benjamin Miller admires the Southern Aurora. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

 

 

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SIMPLY SIXTIES: Glenn Buckman, Andrew Wilson and Alex Cross in the Southern Aurora’s lounge carriage. PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

 

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HISTORICAL JOURNEY: The Southern Aurora’s bar in the lounge carriage.

PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

 

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FIRST-CLASS: The Southern Aurora’s lounge car.

PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

 

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PULLING POWER: The 44-class diesel automotive pulling the passengers from Sydney.

PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

 

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BUS LOAD: Eighty-nine passengers embark on a day trip to Menindee yesterday morning.

PICTURE: Gavin Schmidt

 

 

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