ROCK ON THE RAILS
THE BAND CAR

Saturday 16th March 2002
 
One of the most challenging aspects of The Wedding Tour lay hidden inside the centre car. In an intricately complex transplant, five piece electric rock - jazz band "Decizion" was included in the vestibule of No.1 end of C3218. No corners were cut - all the equipment required was carefully installed and hooked up including a 3kW BOSE PA system, full 16 channel FOH mix position, 1kW Foldback rig, 12 channel dimmer rack and stage lighting setup with control panel, and of course the instruments. All this had to be meticulously secured to prevent movement as the "red rattler" tore down the tracks. The complete event was recorded to tape along with vision from a special "Lipstick" camera.  During breaks the Band was replaced by CD music chosen by the Bride and Groom earlier. A special vocal presentation using MIDI equipment by Barlow Mei was also included at Cronulla Platform.
Would they do it all again?.....  Hmm.. we'll get back to you!
 
THE BAND


Bass : Keith Matthews
Drums : Warren Jackson
Keyboard : Wil Wildig
Electric Guitar : Steve Talidu
Trombone : Bill Matthews
Male Vocals : Barlow Mei
Female Vocals : Vangi Van Esch
Technical : Tony Lannoy, Peter Cunningham, Paul Matthews
 
Top Left : Paul & Sashi get intimate in the Band Car.
Above : Peter Cunningham and Stuart Jackson at the audio mix position in the Band car.
Lower left : A view inside the car from the platform at North Sydney.
Below : Looking through the carriage window at North Sydney.
 
Above Left : The reason for inclusion of the Parcel Van C3653 was to house two 7kVa petrol generating sets, which provided 240v power for the Band and Food cars. The bureaucracy required to allow this to proceed was one of the most difficult aspects of the tour to arrange and special thanks must go to the crew at Flemington Maintenance Centre for assistance with setting up. HET hopes to obtain a 1500vDC to 415/240v AC Inverter for future special event tours which will render the need for petrol generators obsolete.

Lower Left : Ron Freeman gives Sylvia Matthews a hand with the Pie ovens. A wide range of baked treats were made available during the tour including sausage rolls and pies, quiche, pasties and vegetable slices, and spring rolls which were eaten up eagerly by the hungry crowd. The temperature in this part of the train was however extremely hot!