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Thursday, 27 June 1946

Ten per Hour Exceeded in Exciting Dash.

Gloomy prognostications of the County Council Chairman, Councillor Cramer, that Sydney faced an electricity breakdown to-day collapsed again when five divisions of the Black Diamond Express hurtled through the night and day and the first arrived at Bunnerong before -the deadline of 10 a.m.

Sometimes the trains exceeded 10 miles per hour in their dramatic dash with 1,630 tons nf coal.

The locomotive's powerful headlight and twu kerosene lamps; on the front buffers cost an eerie glare on the shining streamers of metal, and a final shrill from the fireman told the anxious watchers behind that the first division of the Black Diamond Express had thundered across the points at 4 miles per hour and was now on the main line, Bunnerong bound.

The wheels as they pounded the rails took up a steady chant: "Coal for Calamity Cramer. Coal for Calamity Cramer. Coal for Calamity Cramer ".

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