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Railroading in New South Wales, Australia, April 2009.

Favorite photographs from a two-week trip Down Under in 2009 to photograph the railway in New South Wales. Once state-owned and operated, today's railways are "open access" to numerous operating companies, all sharing track owned and dispatched by the government agency ARTC. For an American, Australian railroading is quite different while still comfortably similar--it is the home for the long-lost locomotives of my youth, Alco road-switchers and streamined EMD cab units are still in service as start-up and perpetually cash-short operators purchase or hire hand-me-down old locomotives. The newest locomotives and equipment are found the Hunter Valley coal corridor, a four-main-track artery that is the busiest freight route in the country.

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Empty Pacific National coal train, East Maitland
Empty Pacific National coal train, East Maitland
Giant Merino, Goulburn tourism centre (view from the street)
Giant Merino, Goulburn tourism centre (view from the street)
Giant Merino, Goulburn tourism centre (visitor entrance, through the ass)
Giant Merino, Goulburn tourism centre (visitor entrance, through the ass)
Weston's grain train, Muralla
Weston's grain train, Muralla
Narrabri at night.
Narrabri at night.
Grain train arriving Werris Creek, NSW
Grain train arriving Werris Creek, NSW
Night shift, Downer-EDI, Werris Creek, NSW
Night shift, Downer-EDI, Werris Creek, NSW
Train Staff, Edgeroi, NSW
Train Staff, Edgeroi, NSW
Slightly-naughty Maccas billboard, Fish River, NSW
Slightly-naughty Maccas billboard, Fish River, NSW
Sunset, Central Highlands
Sunset, Central Highlands
Train Graph, ARTC Broadmeadow control centre
Train Graph, ARTC Broadmeadow control centre
Ardglen Bankers, Liverpool Range, NSW
Ardglen Bankers, Liverpool Range, NSW
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