Welcome to the second page on the Mt Isa Line, I hope you enjoy these pictures as much as I had taking them.
page contains photos of the line from Charters Towers to Cloncurry and as you will notice the landscape changes very suddenly
west of Hughenden.
please enjoy the page and forgive some of the picture quality on some of the images.
out of film and in despiration purchased a film in the chemist in Richmond god only knows how old it was.
2606 leads 4004 into Charters Towers yard with a block train of acid tankers heading for Townsville.
The train from the previous photo a bit further west of Charters Towers near Southern Cross loop.
Train 9M52 passing the 182km post to the west of Charters Towers at 12.21 on Saturday 27/11/04 and is about to cross Train
6291 headed by 2814,2822 and dead doco 2612 waiting in Mungunburra Loop (185.9km). Train 9M52 was spotted in the morning crossing
the Townsville bound Inlander at Sellheim Loop (110km) near the Burdekin River at 10.34. After the cross it proceeded to Charters
Towers for a crew change before heading further west.
Train 9M52 crossing Homestead Creek(201km) and is about to enter the loop of the same name on its way west to Hueghenden.
After crossing with Train 9M25 at Warrigal Loop(255km) the loaded mineral train headed by 2803 and 2604 wait in the loop at
Pentland(234km). It arrived for a cross and a meal at 14.23 and soon after a mixed freight headed by 2842 arrived from the
east and the crews swapped trains to return to their home depot.
Train 9M52 aproaching the Flinders Highway overpass on its way from Pentland(234km) to Warrigal(255km) to start the climb
up the Great Dividing Range.
2847 and 2609 head down the grade towards the coast you can see the cutting in the middle of the photo where the next photo
The same train as the above photo climbls the grade to Burra loop after crossing a loaded mineral train at Warrigal headed
by 2803 and 2604.
Above and below a Mt Isa bound freight train headed by 2820 approaching the top of the Great Deviding Rangejust a short distance
east of Burra Loop(270km). The train crossed with a loaded mineral train before proceeding to Hughenden.
The train was carrying loaded containers of cement and fuel tankers as well as open containers with steel balls for crushing
Train 9M55 with 2847 and 2609 and thirty-five wagons consisting of anode and container wagons as well as empty fuel tankers
crosses with a westbound freight at Torrens Creek(288km).
The new "station" at Torrens Creek complete with wheelchair ramp from where the previous two photos were taken.
After departing Hughenden at 08.55, 2847 approaches the Flinders Highway level crossing just west of Jardine Valley(355km)
on its way east to the coast.
The drought is forcing farmers to start tipping scrub over for cattle to eat and you can see this in the bottom right
of the picture.
Hughenden east yard as seen from the Flinders Highway on the southeastern approach to the town, it has a fueling rack at either
end so locos don't have to detach to refuel. The yards are used as a staging point for the Mt Isa Line and it is rare to see
them empty. In the background you can see a mineral train in the original but now called West yard. This is where the station
buildings and wagon maintenance depot is located.
The shunters about to use the yard tractor to move a GOMB wagon in the station yard at Hughenden to the wagon workshop.
Only the time and date is needed for this photo, for those people over thirty there is a can of TAB cola in the coke machine.