Diesel trains in Electric territory

On a daily basis, I drive electrically powered trains. In Australia, this (basically) occurs with the use of overhead wiring. In over countries, overhead wiring can be used but also a third powered rail can be used as well. Indeed in some cases overseas, the train can switch from overhead power to rail power quite easily.

In the Sydney suburban area, the vast majority of trains are electrically powered. An example of an electric train is in the first photo on the right of the shot.

However in intercity and regional areas further away from Sydney, diesel trains run where there are no overhead wires. I do not drive trains in these areas. Within my normal operating area, I can usually only see and photograph diesel passenger trains at Campbelltown and Macarthur stations which are still “under the wires.”

The electric wires on this line end beyond the end of Macarthur station however Macarthur is the limit of electric train operations. Beyond Macarthur, there are no wires and diesel passenger trains like the ones in these photos operate to the Southern Highlands centres of Mittagong, Bowral, Moss Vale & Goulburn to name a few.

The trains themselves are known as an Endeavour type of train. They were introduced between 1994 and 1996 and they are just starting to receive a major refurbishment. The trains normally operate as 2 or 4 car trains. They are similar to the CountryLink Xplorer trains.

On the two days that these photos were taken at Campbelltown and Macarthur stations, the weather was very hot and the shadows were not easy to work with.

I often see these trains while driving or waiting at the two stations. I rarely photograph them so I decided to concentrate on taking some photos of this type of train.

I thought that I would take some photos of this type of train prior to their upcoming major upgrade.


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