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In early 1984, at the start of my last year at university, I found myself acting as an observer at what turned out to be the last conference of the Australian Union of Students in Melbourne. After fulfilling my representational duties, I decided to do a bit of travel around SE Australia before the start of studies. All of which led me to Murray Bridge: after enduring a sleepless night on the Adelaide-bound Overland, dawn revealed the town which showed some photographic promise. After a couple of days in Adelaide, I travelled back to Murray Bridge on the Bluebird service to Mt Gambier.

The town lived up to its promise and I enjoyed a couple of days with a fair amount of railway activity, experienced in typical February high 30s temperature. I was fortunate enough to see what I now believe to be a couple of rarely photographed movements, which the following five photos show.