Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Gunzel time...Tolls to Sandgate.....

Just when it was started, now it is nearly over....

A very pleasent daytime run to the Tolls siding at Sandgate, Newcastle, with 2 nice, shiny vintage C class locos.

Once employed in Victoria, and built to an SD 40 mechanical design by Clyde in South Australia, their future for a while in the late nineties was a little bleak.

Now here they are, back again and throbbing in New South Wales.

Tolls is shifting its operations to Carrington at Port Waratah, so within a few short days this photo at the Sandgate flyover will be history.

In fact, there is only 2 trips left to run as of today, this coming Thursday 26/3, and Saturday 28/3.

Leaving Sydney around lunchtime from Cooks River, there is ample opportunity for the discerning gunzel to make his record on filum, or his new fangled digital device.

So, here is C507 and C508 on the Sandgate flyover, on Sat 15/3 /08..

Hopefully, it wont tempt any gunzels to reach for, er, certain devices either....

To cheer you up...hornbags!

After reading the post below, confirming slowly that our present society, and structure, has no viable future due to the fact that the planet is slowly stirring to be rid of us, a small dose of light heartedness is in order.

Thusly I present some more local hornbags, not in the least concerned about global warming, cancerous lungs, or, the effect caused on male hormones.

Today's doom for you...Chunk of Antarctic ice shelf collapses

A chunk of Antarctic ice about seven times the size of Manhattan has suddenly collapsed, putting an even greater portion of glacial ice at risk, scientists said.
Satellite images show the runaway disintegration of a 415 square kilometre chunk in western Antarctica, which started on February 28. It was the edge of the Wilkins ice shelf and has been there for hundreds, maybe 1,500 years.
This is the result of global warming, said British Antarctic Survey scientist David Vaughan.
Because scientists noticed satellite images within hours, they diverted satellite cameras and even flew an airplane over the ongoing collapse for rare pictures and video.
"It's an event we don't get to see very often," said Ted Scambos, lead scientist at the National Snow and Ice Data Center in Boulder, Colorado. "The cracks fill with water and slice off and topple... That gets to be a runaway situation."
While icebergs naturally break away from the mainland, collapses like this are unusual but are happening more frequently in recent decades, Vaughan said. The collapse is similar to what happens to hardened glass when it is smashed with a hammer, he said.
The rest of the Wilkins ice shelf, which is about the size of Connecticut, is holding on by a narrow beam of thin ice. Scientists worry that it too may collapse. Larger, more dramatic ice collapses occurred in 2002 and 1995.
Vaughan had predicted the Wilkins shelf would collapse about 15 years from now.
Scientists said they are not concerned about a rise in sea level from the latest event, but say it's a sign of worsening global warming.
Such occurrences are "more indicative of a tipping point or trigger in the climate system," said Sarah Das, a scientist at the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute