Grand old trip to Broken Hill
Thursday, 2nd September, 2010
A 55-year-old train made its first trip to the city on Tuesday night.
The diesel locomotive 4204 was built in 1955 and the visit was a first for a 42 class locomotive.
It was one of six built by Clyde Engineering at Granville, NSW for State rail.
The locomotive is the pride and joy of the Lachlan Valley Railway Society Cooperative, a rail preservation society based in Cowra.
The society also has an assortment of operational steam and diesel locomotives as well as a fleet of heritage passenger railway carriages and "Tin Hare" rail motors in its collection.
The 4204 locomotive has a top speed of 115 kilometres per hour and was used to haul food and passengers, according to driver Bernie Baker.
The 42 class has about 1800 horse power, is 18.54 metres long and weighs about 116 tonnes.
It was relaunched into heritage service after an overhaul and repaint and has been under preservation since the mid 1980's.
Mr Baker, who is based in Parkes, said driving the locomotive was "classic stuff".
"It rides pretty good", Mr Baker said.
The locomotive held a dining car, a sitting car and a power van.