Being a cloudy day was a blessing and I was able to get some shots that would be out of the question with our springtime sun.
First up was 922 Dunedin - Middleton freight which had DFT 7132 and DXC 5229 at the business end with a train of empty container flats.
922 Dunedin - Middleton freight rounds the curves south of Merton. 8/10/12.
and the track warrant control (TWC) location board. Just 321.70 km north to Lyttleton and the start of the main south line.
Goodwood's TWC location board.
A blast of the horn signalled the arrival of 922 at Goodwood and a short time later the lights of DFT 7132 came into view.
922 with DFT 7132 in the lead blasts through Goodwood. 8/10/12.
And the going away shot...
DXC 5229 backing up 7132 on 922. Goodwood. 8/10/12.
Once again we headed north. Couldn't get a shot of the crossing at Bushy due to a passing shower so we headed back to Palmerston and waited for 923 Middleton - Dunedin freight to arrive. Today DXC 5520 was doing the honours and had a fairly good load of 20 and 40 foot containers trailing behind.
DXC 5520 leads 923 through Palmerston during a break in showers. 8/10/12.
And the going away shot. This is one I've been trying to get for a while because it includes the former Palmerston locomotive shed.
DXC 5520 passes the south end of the Palmerston yard with 923. Alongside is the tired looking Palmerston loco shed. 8/10/12.
Because we had some time and I liked the look of the loaded decks I made the 'd' to head further south and try a spot on the Tumai bank.
DXC 5520 grinds up the Tumai bank with 923. 8/10/12.
And a close up of DXC 5520 just because I like the weathering.
You won't hear this from rail fans often but the cloud made today's chase. I was able to get some shots that are just not possible when the suns out.
Until next time...