"He had to wait about 2 days in a siding before the train left though"
Sounds familiar! We were told to turn up for 9.00am, the bikes were fastened to a flatbed truck with 1/4"" solid steel rod which was fixed to
the wood of the flatbed with bent over 6" nails and we had to sit in the sun all day until we finally got going at 6.30pm. As usual nobody knew anything about when it was supposed to leave and we didn't dare walk to the shops for fear of the train going without us.
We went south initially through the ore processing plant which in the dark looked like something out of a medieval vision of hell, roaring flames, smoke, dust. Pity it was too dark to video.