It had been thirteen years since the four famous Newport built, three cylinder S class Pacific steam locomotives, hauling the Spirit of Progress and Albury express, had been speeding up and down the main North Eastern broad gauge line between Melbourne and Albury, when a steam excursion from Melbourne to Albury and Culcairn was organized by the Association of Railway Enthusiasts.
The excursion was run in May 1967 .
Steam locomotive R749 was used from Melbourne to Albury and an Albury based yard pilot number 5135 was used on the standard gauge to Culcairn New South Wales.
There are various trains and diesel locomotives of that era glimpsed on the journey including the now long extinct Southern Aurora, the Spirit of Progress and the Intercapital Daylight express. The video is reproduced from 8mm film
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