Jan 5 2021: A new page featuring Doug Miles's photos on the Katamatite line in 1972.
Dec 28 2020: A new page showing a 1974 goods train on the Newlyn branch.
Dec 27 2010: After a few technical problems I'm able to update the site again! First up are many new photos on the Bolangum line courtesy Doug Miles and Chris Wurr.
Sep 9 2020: Many thanks to Tom O'Brien for providing Spencer St holiday Passenger tallies from the late 1940's - early 1950's, found on the passenger car page.
Sep 7 2020: Consolidated Bolangum line photos onto a Bolangum line page, added photos to Cudgewa page, Phil Dunn has provided me with much better general arrangement drawings of the two types of E class.
Sep 2 2020: General arrangement drawings of both E class electric locos added to E class page.
Melbourne's Electric Railway System (1927) Operation Phoenix (1950)
Year of Achievement (1961)
on the Timeline page.
Aug 6 2020: Finally assembled a page for Tallarook, as usual, if you have any historic photos of Tallarook (pre 1980) please send them so I can include them on the page.
July 24 2020: Consolidated all Port Melbourne photos onto a single page.
July 23 2020: 3 new photos added to the Broadmeadows line page.
July 3 2020: Uploaded Jeparit - Yanac Plan & Section (200MB) to grades book page.July 1 2020: Avoca, FX wagon, 4 new pics on Sandringham line, CE 36 in red, Murtoa, Dimboola.
June 26 2020: 5 new pics on N class steam page.
June 16 2020: New photo of S 311 in 1961
June 15 2020: 31MB pdf of miscellaneous signal hardware on Signalling page.
June 13 2020: 5 photos added to Broadmeadows line page.
June 4 2020: I am consolidating widely spread photos into line galleries. I've just done the Sandringham line but due to a steep learning curve with the new Dreamweaver it's a bit of a mess but I am working on it. The suburban galleries are a bit of an eyesore whilst this takes place.
June 2 2020: Consolidated all Princes Bridge photos onto a single Princes Bridge page.
June 1 2020: New CK photo on J hopper page. L class loco page, Warrnambool page, Spencer St page, photo of D4 on the ZL page, QR page, B class loco page, Balmoral line page, Upfield line, E class loco. And lastly, a mysterious white Z van photo has turned up from the 1950s, if you can provide any info on it I would appreciate it. Z van page.
May 30 2020
Construction photos added to the E class electric loco page
April 19 2020
April 15 2020
Many thanks to Doug Miles who has scanned the 1926 instruction book for Train Section Orders and can be downloaded from the Signalling page.
March 10 2020
Hamilton-Penshurst plan & sections added.
March 6 2020
19 signalbox diagrams added to Upfield line page.
March 1 2020 test.
Nov. 20 2019
Melbourne to Bendigo Plan & Sections added to grades home, (107MB pdf)
March 30 2019:
Huge thank you to John McPhee who has scanned a multitude of VR publications which I've started putting up throughout the site on the following pages:
Motive power page:
1977 Diesel loco operating instructions
1943 Rolling Stock Branch book of instructions
1967 Book of Signals,
1979 General Appendix
1974 suburban WTT
1974 West/So West WTT
B class page:
B class operating manual
FEB. 1 2019:
David Langley has scanned some VR instruction manuals, included are Telegraph code books, Searchlight and point motor instruction manuals, Gangers trolley manual, found on the Signalling page.
Photo added to QAB page.
DEC. 17 2018:
Dimboola-Sth Australian border, Elmore-Cohuna, Yea-Mansfield & Alexandra branch plan and sections added to Grades Book page(denoted by ***)
Nov. 28 2018:
Tallarook-Yea, plan and sections added to Grades Book page. (denoted by ***)
Nov. 15 2018:
Diagram of CK "coal dust" wagon added to J wagon page. Photo of as built CJ wagon added to CJ page. Photos of KC wagons loaded with "Whitelaw-Monier" cement containers. QW page updated with new photo and diagram
Oct. 29 2018:
Part 2 of the 1928 General Appendix has been added to the signalling page. (40MB pdf) Thanks again to Ross Jepson for scanning this massive book!
Oct. 20 2018:
Plans added to the Plan & Section series:
Melbourne-Collingwood, Hawthorn-Canterbury, Hawthorn-East Camberwell re-grade.
Oct. 13 2018:
Plans added to the Plan & Section series: Lilydale-Healesville, Flinders St-Port Melbourne, Royal Park-Clifton Hill & Fitzroy branch.
Oct. 12 2018:
Plans added to the Plan & Section series: Alphington-Heidleberg, Crowland-Navarre, Geelong-Ballaarat, Lilydale-Warburton, Melbourne-Pt Melbourne, Morwell-Mirboo.
Oct. 10 2018:
Added a search function to the homepage, (bottom of the link list). Added 4 new signal diagrams (denoted by ***). Started consolidating the photo gallery, Broadmeadows and Upfield lines are the first.
Sep. 18 2018: Two new plans and section added (denoted by ***) in the grade book page. Photo added to Q wagon page. I have added a "odds & ends" page to the signalling section, it is a place for signalling/safeworking photos that don't fit anywhere else.
Aug. 16 2018: The Victorian Parliament has scanned the VR annual reports, I have downloaded them, they can be found on the Timeline page as the last entry for each year. For some reason the 1902 report is missing and reports earlier than 1882 are mainly missing, hours of interesting reading!
July 14 2018: The site redesign is designed for 1280 pixel wide screens. I am working on getting this page (and subsequent redesigned pages) to display properly on tablet and smart phone screens.
July 10 2018: 3 diagrams of Diggers Rest showing the new station buildings/layout and water supply.
July 8 2018: Welcome to the new look website! I decided that after nearly 20 years it was time for a bit of a fresh look. I will be going through the entire site and redesigning all of the pages for a more consistent look. The slideshow will be changed from time to time and will include images that I haven't found a home for yet.