Rm 56 nearing Hindon
Otago Central Branch
- 130 years since the first sod was turned -

23 October 2009
Hindon Station

Friday, 23 October 2009: - Paul and I left Middlemarch, after I worked out a very rough time that the triple headed Taieri Gorge Ltd (TGL) would possibly get to Hindon, as we neared the turn off to Pukerangi, a certain car, belonging to a certain editor of a certain Railway Magazine was seen to be up ahead. So we duly followed him too, and we made the correct turn to the left down Waenanga Rd to Hindon! While the other car carried on into the distance.

After sorting out the best location for photos, we set up camp, it wasn't too long before the triple header arrived. This was headed by Dj 1209, Dg 772 & DJ3286. After that there was a wait of around 40mins for the Vulcan Railcar, this was THE reason fro my being at Hindon and Middlemarch! Now I may not be a pure diesel fan, but I must say that I do like railcars. Seeing the Vulcan roll across the Hindon Road/Rail bridge it looked so 'proper' as if time had stood still and it was in fact 1969 not 2009!

As Rm 56 departed Hindon I knowingly with held the temptation to hold a camera to my eye for a time, and just enjoyed, savored and tried to imagine, it wasn't hard, that it was 1969 and the railcar scuttling up the gorge was in fact a service bond for Alexandra from Dunedin.

After Rm 56 arrived at Middlemarch, Dg 772 was uncoupled from Dj 1209 and it ran a special mixed trainm top-and-tailed, for the local school kids to Sutton and back.



Triple Headed Taieri Gorge Ltd. - Dj 1209, Dg 772 & DJ 3286
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Taken at Hindon the morning Taieri Gorge Ltd. (TGL) headed by Dj 1209, Dg 772 & DJ3286 - seen here crossing the road/rail bridge. The TGL wa bound for Middlemarch, so Dj 1209 & Dg 772 were being relocated on this service.

Vulcan Railcar Rm 56 in the Taieri Gorge
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Main images are of Rm 56 in the surrounding area of Hindon, the road/rail bridge and station area.

Last 3 images show Rm 56 approaching Middlemarch in the vicinity of Kirkland Road


Middlemarch Yard - Action
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Rm 56 & Water Vat
Rm 56 & Dg 772
DJ3286 & Dg 772
DG 772
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Dg 772
Rm 56 & DG 772
Dg 772 freight train
Dg 772 school train departure
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Dg 772 school freight train
Rm 56 basking in the sun at Middlemarch
Dj 1209 in the sun
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Af 863 - Ferrymead Rly
A 1254 - Ocean Beach Rly / TGR
XPC479 - TGR
XPC438 - TGR
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Looking towards Middlemarch from Dj 1202 / DJ3021
Dj 1209 & Dg 772

For those of you playing at home - The mixed train consisted of the following vehicles: Dg 772 (DG2255) & Dj 1209 (DJ3096), Yb 586 (YB1339), Yb 597 (YB1420), Mc 2398 (MC4506), Kp 3094 (KP23324), T 175 (T559), XPC438, A 1254 (XPC440), XPC479 & Af 863

T 175 was loaned from the Ocean Beach Railway, and Af 863 was loaned by the Canterbury Railway Society, Christchurch. Dg 772 was provided by the Diesel Traction Group while Rm 56 was made available by the Canterbury Rail Society, Christchurch.


Middlemarch Nights Photos - 2
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Night photos taken in the middlemarch yard using the available light. Featuring Dg 772 & Rm 56.


Dg 772 - Middlemarch
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