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RAILROAD GIN - 1994
Left: (back row, left to right) Jeff Withers (bass); Peter Evans (flute); Alan James (lead guitar); Gary Evans (drums); (front row):- Garry Lynch (keyboards); Carol Lloyd (lead vocals)

          By September 1975 Carol, who had reportedly been having major throat problems, had decided to quit the band. Her replacement, if only by chance, was 19yr old session singer Judee Ford.
          Gin's management had put an ad in the papers seeking a new vocalist but Judee didn't see it. Later, whilst she was talking to the drummer's brother over drinks, she mentioned that she had done some singing in a now defunct, straight rock 'n' roll band, Tramway. Gary Evans' brother took her phone number, the band rang her the next day, an audition was arranged and Judee Ford was consequently promoted into the band and stayed with them then until their demise in 1977.
          Press releases for November 1975 triumphantly announced the signing of a new 3 year recording contract with Phonogram giving them a budget of $10,000 to record, package and promote their next album. During subsequent recording sessions the album was given the working title of "69,000 Hours" but by the time it was released in November 1976 most of the key band members had quit and it was given the more ominus title of "Journey's End". Unable to match the success of the 'A Matter Of Time' album and with such upheaval within the group it was fairly obvious that the end was nigh. The band headed south to Sydney around December of that year and was managing to get up to 3 nights work a week around the booming Sydney disco-bistro scene. It is believed the group disbanded not too long after.

Left: Bob Brown on stage with Railroad Gin in 1998 (Copyright: Debra Mayes)

Left: Phil Shields from the early days of Railroad Gin

Left: Dim Jansons pictured in the early days of Railroad Gin