Monday, July 24, 2017

4204 & 3642 LOCOMOTIVES ON THE WEEKEND

Hello and welcome back... Big weekend just past with the 150 years of Train Travel in the Blue Mountains.

I managed to grab my camera and get some photos of these amazing locomotives. To my surprise, the other end of the 3642 Steam was a 4204 Diesel (or what i call a Bull Nose Diesel). I used to catch this train from Cambelltown NSW to Central on the weekends (late 80s / early 90s).
The best thing about this train was that it only stopped at 2 stations (Liverpool & Strathfield) before arriving at Central.
It also used to fly through Macquarie Fields Railway Station in 2-3 seconds flat...

 Love this Beast - 4204


And this Beast 2 - 3642

I would like to dedicate the photo above to my best friend / mate - Damien Rowe who passed away from bowel cancer. He was 29.
Last time i photographed this train, Damien was beside me taking photos and discussing / comparing photo captures of this amazing train.
I felt that he was beside me in spirit this time.
RIP Damien. 



Thursday, July 20, 2017

150 YEARS OF TRAIN TRAVEL IN THE BLUE MOUNTAINS

Hello and welcome back... Train Buffs will love this.

This weekend (Fri 21st - Sun 23rd July 2017) sees the marking of 150 years of Train Travel in the Blue Mountains, NSW and to celebrate the occasion you can...

1 - (Friday) Catch A Steam Train (3642) from Central to Wentworth Falls, Blue Mountains (one way only) leaving Central at 10am and arriving Wentworth Falls at 12.20pm. (Update - Sold Out)

2 - (Saturday) Catch a Steam Train (3642) from Penrith to Valley Heights and Return.
Four trips are leaving Penrith - 9.25am, 11.25am, 1.25pm & 3.25pm.
Journey is about 70mins in total.

3 - (Saturday) Catch a 'Red Rattler' (Electric Set F1) from Penrith to Blacktown and return.
Four trips are leaving Penrith - 9.25am, 10.25am, 12.15pm & 2.10pm.
Journey is around 50mins
Special Note - One of the Carriages is the first original train to cross the Sydney Harbour Bridge back in 1932

4 - (Sunday) Catch a Steam Train (3642) from Lawson to Katoomba, (Blue Mountains) and return.
Four trips are leaving Lawson - 10.30am, 11.35am, 1.05pm & 2.25pm.
Journey time is 1 hour.

LINKS

https://www.nswrailmuseum.com.au/bm150  (info and ticket purchase)

http://www.bluemountainsgazette.com.au/story/4503454/all-steamed-up-blue-mountains-rail-line-marks-150-years/

http://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/150-years-of-trains-in-the-blue-mountains1


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Isn't she Beautiful?

Remember the days?

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WHAT ANTENNA IS THAT? - PART 2

Hello and welcome back... Ever wondered what the different antennas on an Aircraft is?

Wonder no More


WHAT ANTENNA IS THAT?

Hello and welcome back... Ever wondered on a Police Car what each Antenna is for?

Wonder no More.



Thursday, July 13, 2017

SOUTHCARE GETS NEW HELICOPTER FOR CANBERRA

Hello and welcome back... Gone is the Bell 412 chopper and hello to the expanding fleet of AugustaWestland AW139 helicopters owned by Toll group.

While the new helicopter is 40% faster and flies better at night, the new Toll helicopter will serve the ACT and South Coast well.

Just one problem.. Turns out, the new helicopters are about 500 kilograms too heavy to land on existing landing pads at various hospitals (including Canberra & Nepean) and will have to undergo reinforcements.
The new helicopters can also create 17tonnes of downwash. So far, some of the landing pads have already had reinforcements done, some are still waiting with alternate sites to land.

But on the good side, Toll have been doing an excellent job with up to 120 callouts in a week.


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COMMERCIAL FLIGHTS TO TAKE OFF FROM ALBION PARK IN OCTOBER

Hello and welcome back... This is good for South Coast Residents.

From as soon as October 2017, Jetgo Aviation will be starting flights to Melbourne and Brisbane from South Coast airport 'Albion Park'

It will take just 1 hour and 15mins to Melbourne while Brisbane will take 1 hour and 35mins.

Jetgo are the only airline at the moment to take up the offer.



Friday, July 7, 2017

AVIATION ENTHUSIAST DOWNLOAD

Hello and welcome back... Airband Lovers rejoice.

I have just finished my Aviation Enthusiasts Frequency File.

Whats the Aviation Enthusiasts Frequency File i hear you ask?

Its a file that contains radio frequencies for most NSW Airports, and Air Company users.

This file also covers Military bases, Air Rescue & Bushfire Aviation

The Sydney Airport file covers Company channels as well.

This list is comprehensive and has taken many months of work and is up to date.

Information is from actual Aviation / Airfield charts from CASA (dated 2017) and ACMA

DETAILED LIST (whats in the file)

BANK
1. Air Rescue inc Westpac Rescue, Careflight & Distress Frequencies
2. Bushfire Aviation (inc NPWS & RFS)
3. Sydney Airport (inc Brisbane / Melbourne Centre, Air Companys inc Qantas, REX & Virgin)
4. Military (inc Richmond, Williamtown, Holsworthy, Fairbairn (Canberra), Nowra & More)
5. Local Airports inc =
Albury
Armidale
Ballina
Bankstown
Bathurst
Bourke
Canberra
Camden
Cessnock
Coffs Harbour
Cobar
Cooma
Corowa
Cowra
Dubbo
Deniliquin
Inverell
Goulburn
Kempsey
Grafton
Griffith
Lismore
Maitland
Merimbula
Moree
Moruya
Mudgee
Newcastle
Nowra
Narrabri
Orange
Parkes
Port Macquarie
Tamworth
Taree
Temora
Wagga Wagga
Wollongong (Illawarra)
Walgett

(most airports are lock out mode, when opening the file just untick the airport you are interested in. other wise the file would scan just about every Airport in NSW and would take a while)

The file is in Freescan file format (suits Uniden UBCD396T/XT and 996T/XLT).

Other scanner users can copy and paste the frequencies from this file to their own software if needed

The asking Price is just $20 and can be done by pressing the 'Shout me a Coffee Fund' on the top right corner of this site.
Let me know in the notes section that the payment is for 'Aviation Master file' and please send me a quick email so i can email you back :)
Email me at  - michael-bailey1708@hotmail.com

In return i will email you the master file and detailed instructions on how to program your radio.

Please give 24hrs to receive the file.

HINT = Use with Flightradar24 website (Click Here) and you can not only listen to the aircraft but Watch as well...



*Disclaimer - The file on offer is for Aircraft / Aviation enthusiasts and not to be used for illegal activity.
No responsibility will be taken by this site (Michael Bailey) for people doing stupid things with the information on offer.

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Wednesday, July 5, 2017

AIRCRAFT SIZE

Hello and welcome back... Interesting chart to gauge aircraft size.


AVIATION ALPHABET

Don't know if i have posted this before, if not here is a Pilots/Aviation Lingo


WANT IN BACKYARD

So want this in my backyard... Wonder if the neighbours would mind..



OUCH

Imagine your our walking the dog and a thunderstorm is approaching.. You stop for a rest then BAM.


EXCELLENT IDEA

Hello and welcome back... Found this on the net, excellent idea if you have multiple radios, limited space and an old computer...