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RAILWAY  HERITAGE.





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VANDALISM  AT  MOUNT  GAMBIER  LOCO  ROUNDHOUSE



Mount Gambier Loco Roundhouse taken on 16th April 2012
showing graffiti and vandlised Red Hens.
By Wayne Morris

Due to inspiration in the form of a picture appearing in one of the latest Catch Point magazines (reproduced here below) I went to Mt Gambier seeking a similar shot for comparison purposes.

It is in surprisingly good condition externally, however the vandals have well and truly trashed the rail contents of the shed. I found out that Steam Ranger have now purchased the railcars and the wooden bodied trailer completing the transaction in recent months.

The steel bodied car 874 is destined for scrapping by a local scrap metal dealer. 
There are also two DWF’s sitting at the rear of the shed, which have been sold to a local.


(Pics Wayne Morris)



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Inspired Peterborough loco pic from Catchpoint.


16th April 2012
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Mount Gambier Loco roundhouse despite
secured fence, is much vandalised.
25th May 2005
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Red Hen 405 in much better days.


16th April 2012
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Red Hen 424 all windows smashed.

16th April 2012
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Red Hen 405, also all windows smashed.
All in sad state now.



18th April 2012.
Another few hours spent inside the Mount Gambier Loco Roundhouse
cleaning up the mess of the halfwitz who caused all this damage in the first place.

18th April 2012
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Mess left by Vandals.
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Mess left by Vandals.


18th April 2012
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The spots on the ground are glass fragments from
some of the one hundred windows smashed in
total, some months ago.

18th April 2012
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Inside glass everywhere.


20th April 2012
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Driver's compartment of 424 B end.

30th September 2011
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Previously vandalised 30-09-2011

20th April 2012
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Driver's compartment of 334.


18th April 2012:  Here are a few pictures taken showing what greeted me upon my arrival at The Roundhouse, I didn’t know where to start cleaning up initially. I am now in a routine and enjoying being there spending around four to five hours per day on site doing my bit. Not that it counts for much in the end, but just don’t want to the little farquewitz who caused this mess thinking they have won. It was all a shame the operations folded when they did for LCR as I would have enjoyed being part of the team there, sadly all closed down many years before I made the move here to the Mount in 2011. Other things to attend to was cleaning up the mess caused by these useless individuals who forced the padlocks then entered and plundered the contents of the two DWF vans at the rear of the shed, smashing souvenir glasses, cups and anything else they could get their useless hands on scattering everything else around the place too. 

19th April 2012:  More moving stuff around the place, sweeping up all rubbish into heaps on the floor, picking up the scattered items here there and everywhere off the floors around the railcars. I made a start on sweeping the glass fragments off the ground between 424 and 334 then stopped as I realised this would all be a waste of time as there was so much shattered glass remaining in the window frames of these railcars. 

20th April 2012:  Making good progress having removed all the remains of the smashed glass from railcar 424 from the frames, unfortunately 91.75% of the glass pieces are still inside the railcar on the floor and on the seats. At this time I will only remove the glass piece fragments remaining in all railcar windows, so as to enable them to be moved by road one day whenever that is..... More sweeping of the floor and managed to use the leaf blower for a while until it conked out, I suspect the air filter is full of ‘muck’. Also managed to open one of the large sliding doors at the rear of the roundhouse as well to improve the air flow and quality of the air whilst sweeping. Also notice today that some other lower life form types have also liberated all the air horns from the three railcars on the western side of the roundhouse (nice- not). 

21st April 2012:  Yep, Wayne the Yard Superintendent spent another four hours down the yard today, more sweeping, cleaning up glass from the windows of 405 this time, only three windows to go and that one has been ‘done’. Some of the rubbish lying around the floor space in heaps has been picked up and wheel barrowed to an on site ‘skip’ and duly deposited inside. The place is starting to resemble a loco depot again, with the first stage of the clean up coming closer by the day to being finished. Then I will not have to spend so much time there, just pay a bit more attention to detail with minor cleaning jobs. I find it easier to spend four hours there than I would at my place doing jobs around here.


21st April 2012
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Wayne Morris in front of Mt Gambier Loco shed
with Red Hens much cleaned up area now.

21st April 2012
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Mt Gambier Roundhouse with Redhens.


21st April 2012
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All tidied up minus glass in windows.

21st April 2012
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334 with glass mess not removed yet.


21st April 2012
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Cleaned and tidy again.
21st April 2012
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Starting to look like a loco depot
use to after big cleanup by Wayne.
21st April 2012
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Just a bit of glass to clear up.


21st April 2012
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Not ideal way to view redhen.

21st April 2012
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But does add something to the picture.
All broken glass removed from frames.


22nd April 2012:  Even though I not felt 100% today cancelled the trip to Kingston – but turned out to be well enough to re-visit the roundhouse again. Swept alongside 405, pushing the glass over towards 334 – will clean the last windows of glass in a few days time and finish the major cleaning process. I saw today that ‘someone’ had been in the roundhouse again overnight. A door leading to the outside that had been previously forced open wrecking the lock mechanism. 
I am only able to close the door and stack heavy gear against it on the inside, in an effort to discourage those wishing to enter the place. This afternoon the door was open again, the heavy stuff stacked against this door had been moved away, so ‘they’ had been inside again. Thankfully no further damage noted checking through the place, all looked o.k.


22nd April 2012
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Only window glass to clean up later in around 334.

22nd April 2012
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Much tidied up now.


1st May 2012:  Managed to get to the Roundhouse today and do a bit more with railcar 405, completed the major removal of those nasty glass fragments from the frames of the drivers end windows and get the shots through the big ‘today only’ opened western doors.. In the meantime the rain managed to pour down during the official opening of the doors and as shown in some of the pics below.


1st May 2012
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End of the line so to speak.


1st May 2012
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Busted glass in drivers end.

1st May 2012
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Glass gone in drivers end.


1st May 2012
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From in the damp filthy pit.

21st April 2012
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Smashed glass in place, saved for this
days opening of the big shed doors.
21st April 2012
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Drivers position on 405. No glass now.



Mount Gambier Loco Roundhouse Area taken on 31st July 2012

I would assume that they (yellow numbers on buildings) are there for a 'Particular Reason' namely, the time has come for DTEI or whatever their new name initials are to make the final push to have all these surplus buildings erased once and for all. From my own observations in recent times THE END IS NEAR.. just look at FRANCES old RWS, vanished in recent times / then last week or so - PENOLA RWS vanished off the face of the earth.



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31st July 2012
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Mount Gambier Roundhouse with LCR railcars. (No 5)


31st July 2012
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Mount Gambier Showers and Crib room. (No 7)

31st July 2012
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Mount Gambier Loco Forman's office. (No 6)


31st July 2012
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Mount Gambier loco oil's shed. (no 8)

31st July 2012
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Roundhouse and Oil's shed.
All numbered. (Nos 5 & 8)


31st July 2012
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Mount Gambier Loco LCR sheds out in open.
Reason hard to keep secure. (
Google)

31st July 2012
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Mount Gambier LCA Loco sheds are out in open.
This shot showing part of the eastern end of
the once busy "New BG Marshalling Yard".
Reason this area is bit hard to keep secure.


23rd March 2014
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Mount Gambier loco oil's shed
 now completely removed.
Roundhouse only left standing now.

23rd March 2014
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Loco Forman's office. Crib & shower rooms (behind)
are both now completely removed.
Roundhouse is only structure left standing now.




FINAL  REMOVAL  OF  RED  HENS  FROM  MOUNT  GAMBIER.
7th August 2012.

THE  SAD  ENDING  OF  ANOTHER  RAIL  ERA.



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7th August 2012
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Mt Gambier Railcar 334, now empty loco bay.

7th August 2012
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Mt Gambier Lifting "B" end of 334.


7th August 2012
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Mt Gambier Railcar 334 "A" end on semi.

7th August 2012
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Mt Gambier Railcar334 Penola Rd 9km north
Heading for Strathalbyn.


334 ARRIVAL  AT  STRATHALBYN
(Pics Michael Stokes)

8th August 2012
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334 arrives Strathalbyn early morning.

8th August 2012
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334 setup at Strathalbyn awaiting on its bogies.


8th August 2012
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334 setup at Strathalbyn awaiting its bogies.

10th August 2012
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334 Bogies arrive at Strathalbyn early morning.


10th August 2012
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334
Bogies arrive at Strathalbyn early morning.

10th August 2012
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334 now has bogies back under her.


12th August 2012
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Engine 958, 334 Red Hen, 503, 602 Bowmans.
RED HEN 334  NOW  SAVED.

12th August 2012
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958 with 334 Red Hen on Strathalbyn
Railway Bridge headed for Mt Barker.



MORE  VANDALISM  ON  EX LCR  ROUNDHOUSE  CARRIAGES
AT MOUNT  GAMBIER.  11th August 2012.

Found time to go to the Roundhouse for a quick couple of pics of the damaged trailer car 820, shows the latest efforts of the moron(s) using paint found on site...in the previously locked store.. of course 'they' had found a way in by removing some of the timber planks used for the roof within the roundhouse.



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11th August 2012
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820 paint everywhere.

11th August 2012
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820 paint everywhere.


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MOUNT GAMBIER LOCO ROUNDHOUSE SET ON FIRE.
19th October 2014

A deliberately lit fire in the early hours of Sunday morning 19th October 2014 has totally destroyed a stored 820 class SAR trailer carriage and is now just a pile of junk, also causing considerable damage to the loco roundhouse itself. Very sad to see in reality.

'End of an era'... so to speak.


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(Robyn Hollands)
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Mount Gambier Roundhouse been set on fire taken from her mother's home.



(Pics Wayne Morris)

19th October 2014
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Mt Gambier Roundhouse after fire was put out.

19th October 2014
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Mt Gambier Roundhouse later in the day

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19th October 2014
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Mt Gambier Roundhouse later in the day.

19th October 2014
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Mt Gambier Roundhouse later in the day.



These pictures taken next morning 20th October 2014
Remains inside Mt Gambier Roundhouse after fire.

20th October 2014
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20th October 2014
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20th October 2014
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20th October 2014
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20th October 2014
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20th October 2014
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20th October 2014
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20th October 2014
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MOUNT GAMBIER LOCO ROUNDHOUSE.
28th October 2014

Some roof iron removal has been done since that fire a week ago.
Looks like that some work is underway. The once open loco pits have now been
filled with material to enable machinery to have a clear run inside the place



28th October 2014
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The Loco Roundhouse taken from Potter's Point, shows some removal of roofing done already.


(Pics Wayne Morris)

28th October 2014
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Roundhouse from ground level.

28th October 2014
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Inside shows quite a bit of roofing been removed.


28th October 2014
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Inside shows quite a bit of roofing has been removed.

28th October 2014
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Inside shows quite a bit of roofing has been removed.


28th October 2014
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What's left of wooden carriage 820.

20th June 2014
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Carriage 820 stepping back 4½ months earlier. Classified by the S.A.R. as "Wooden suburban trailing car". They were all originally wooden bodied end loading suburban baggage cars constructed between 1912 and 1924 for steam train services. As second class suburban carriages with a baggage compartment they seated 56 passengers.


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PORT  PIRIE  STATION

This is an example of how NOT to look after railway historical items.
These were taken at Port Pirie. 5th August 2010.

Scroll down it gets far worse.

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UPDATED  FURTHER  VANDALISED
GM22  /  CARRIAGES
9th April 2012

9th April 2012
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Engine GM 22 upfront of Pt Pirie Junction Express
all vandalised Platform-2 Port Pirie RWS. Looking South.


9th April 2012
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Port Pirie Junction Express GM 22 upfront of 3 rail
carriages all vandalised Platform-2 Pt Pirie RWS.
Looking Southwest.

9th April 2012
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Pt Pirie Junction Express GM 22 upfront of 3 rail
carriages all vandalised Platform 2 Pt Pirie RWS.
Looking Southeast.


9th April 2012
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Engine GM 22 upfront of Pt Pirie Junction Express
all vandalised Platform 2 Pt  Pirie RWS. Looking south.

9th April 2012
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Engine GM 22 upfront of Pt Pirie Junction
Express Platform-2.  Pt Pirie RWS.


9th April 2012
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Pt Pirie Junction Express burn out carriages
Platform-2. Pt Pirie RWS.

9th April 2012
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Pt Pirie Junction Express burn out carriages
Platform-2 Pt Pirie RWS. 


9th April 2012
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Nyrstar Lead Smelter Pt Pire looking west.

9th April 2012
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Pt Pirie Silo’s  dock side.



27th June 2012
Trashed former display locomotive GM28 masquerading as GM 22 departed Port Pirie
bound for the
Seymour Railway Heritage Centre. Victoria.
The trashed carriages have been moved out onto railway land out near Coonamia
and are apparently being prepared for transport over to Victoria.

27th June 2012
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GM 28 finally departing Port Pirie at 1345.
 
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27th June 2012
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GM 28 on trailer ready to depart for Seymour Vic.
 
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27th June 2012
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GM28  on way from Pt Pirie to the Seymour. Victoria.
Seen here going through Jamestown.
(pic by:  Jason Lavington)



(Pics by Greg O'Brien)

22nd July 2012
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Coaches out in paddock at Port Pirie.

22nd July 2012
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Coaches out in paddock at Port Pirie.


22nd July 2012
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Final demise of coach out in paddock.

22nd July 2012
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TNo 4411 GWU006 Fuel Pot GWU008 dep Port Pirie


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GRAFFITI  VANDALISM  AT  TAILEM  BEND  LOCO



Tailem Bend Loco taken on 27-10-2010 showing 909 / 907.
This graffiti vandalism is disgusting.




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909 How degrading for a fine engine.

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909
Vandalised


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The work of Sicko's.

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907 Vandalised


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GRAFFITI  VANDALISM  AT  SALISBURY



Little Para River Rail Bridge  Graffiti, Gawler Line, Salisbury 30-10-2010
This graffiti vandalism ruins a nice creek setting.




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The Stonie on graffiti little Para River Rail Bridge
heading south, Engine 704, 844
. Looking West.


Loaded Stonie's stone wagons with matching
graffiti on the Little Para Rail Bridge looking West.



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Railcars on the graffiti Little Para Rail Bridge.
(eastern side)

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Graffiti Little Para River Rail Bridge (western side
Looking East Up Track centre track on bridge


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TA Railcar 3118/3117 on Little Para River bridge
looking east Up Track  Gawler Bound 1.24pm

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TA Railcars 3108/3107 on Little Para River Rail Bride
(western side) on central track on bridge. Looking East


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