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Moura Rail System

Fry 74 km

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Moura Mine 191 km
Belldeen 155 km
Earlsfield 128 km
Annandale 121 km
Dumgree 109km
Mt Rainbow 91 km
Fry 74 km
Clarke 63 km
Stirrat 40 km

Fry is located at the base of the Dawes Range and was named after a prominant farming family in the area. It can be a busy place as empty trains wait for loaded trains to make the restricted 40 km/h descent from Mt Rainbow.
During the 2007 Loop Extension Project the loop was extended in the Down direction towards Moura.
The series of photos below start near Maxwellton Creek to the east of the loop and progress to the west towards Moura.


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2270, 2263 and 2203 pull a load about halfway between Fry and Clarke, above the fourth wagon you can see one of the cuttings on the climb up the Calliope Range to Mt Rainbow Loop.
The end of the train curves back towards the Dawson Highway overpass where the next photo was taken.
10/05/07

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2269, 2209 and 2285 lead a loaded coal train towards the Dawson Highway underpass about two kilometers east of Fry Loop. The sun is not high enough to light the train but Mount Redshirt in the background is basking in the dawn glow. As you can see the Down Approach signal has been moved and is now located on the other side of the underpass.
20/07/07

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The cattle grid on Duck Holes Rd near the Up end of the loop looks like it has had a long and varied life as it waits for the next car to cross. The next two photos were all taken from this location.

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2183, 2204 and 2161D with a load power through the loop on the way to Gladstone. Between the windmill and the tree to the left you can see where the line crests the range at Mt Rainbow. 17/05/07

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2273, 2254, 2251and 2253 leading one of the first sets to take advantage of the longer crossing loops on the Moura Line is about to pass the location of the old Down Starter signals at Fry Loop.
This seventy-five wagon train is bound for Moura Mine and will make easy work of the grades up the hill in its empty state.
14/08/07