For most of the 1970's and 1980's VR hired Commonwealth Railways GM class locos for use on the Melbourne to Albury standard gauge line. GM's 31, 32 and 34 for much of the 1970's and in the 1980's at least 30, 31, 32 33 and 35 were hired. Here we see the Sydney bound "Spirit Of Progress" roaring up the 1 in 50 toward Heathcote Junction. At Albury the GM's will be detached and NSWGR locos will haul the train on to Sydney. Dec. 28 1981.
The Spirit of Progress was mainly a sitting car train but in standard gauge days always had one or two sleepers from the Southern Aurora cars.