Until 1978, the State owned South Australian Railways (SAR) operated on three gauges in the south-eastern part of the state, the Eyre Peninsula and mid-north. The Federally owned Commonwealth Railways operated to the north of Port Pirie, to Alice Springs and Kalgoorlie.
The non-metropolitan railways in South Australia became the Federally owned Australian National in 1978, which was privatised in 1997. Interstate rail freight services remained separate, operated by the National Rail Corporation from 1995.
These changes saw diesel locomotives in South Australia change liveries and operate over a broader area, including interstate, with first generation locos operating alongside second generation units. In addition foreign locos from interstate have become a regular feature of the rail scene in South Australia.
This video covers classes of locomotives and railcars as follows:
350, DE, GM, 900, Silverton units, NSU, 930, 800, 830, DA, 500, 600, BU, *NT, CL, CLF, CLP, 700, **NJ, AL, ALF, BL, DL, EL, AN, CK, BHP rebuilds, NR, 81, G, 2000/3000 series railcars, Red Hens and Bluebirds.
Filmed by Greg Travers during visits in 1976, 1979, 1982, 1997, 1998, 1999 & 2000. (*NT filmed by Peter Attenborough), (**NJ filmed by Bruce Mead).
Running time – 69 min.