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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.

Sep 1 2020: 2 pics of IA's converted for timber traffic, builders photo of JQX 401. KPC 501, M 696, WTT 13, new plans added to Tallarook page, 13 new plans added to Cudgewa page.

Aug 31 2020: New photos on the   Bairnsdale and Seymour pages, consolidated all Cudgewa line photos onto a single page with 4 new photos by John Dennis.  

Aug 21 2020: Shunting at Moreland, Bullarto, KC wagon, APL 1 builders photo,

Aug 20 2020: C class steam, X 40 (steam), B 62, advertising T van, A2 early 1930s, F 215 in SECV paint.

Aug 12 2020: Two views of Kensington signalbox, OT 1, 2 new photos on S class steam page, Ararat

Aug 11 2020: Photos of:  BE 43, Ararat, Tallarook, Castlemaine

Aug 9 2020: Three VR publicity brochures:
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.

Aug 3 2020: Scrapping photos of F class, 2 new pics and diagrams on the Alexandra branch

Aug 2 2020: A modelling challenge! If you have a spare E wagon undeframe and two spare loco tenders you can kitbash OT 210, BPL, C van

July 31 2020: Arrow point indicator, 3 new photos at Oakleigh, Murtoa, C van, CJ, CK, and a UB riddle.

July 29 2020: Werribee, Albury, Windsor, Kilmore East, Lascelles, Bendigo

July 26 2020: Yelta, McKeen cars, and 2 new pics at Pt Melbourne.

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 21 2020: New photos on the  Albury, H220, pages. The mystery of the silver Z van has been solved thanks to Phil Dunn!  

July 19 2020: New Moe page. Two 1930's pics of CE vans.

July 16 2020: AEC railmotor, Bendigo, Echuca, Mildura loco depot, CP guards van

July 13 2020: CV, A2 at Bendigo, Q's loaded with bridge beams, and the new photo of Q 69 on the same page is worth a look,

July 12 2020: CP, Ballarat to Mildura gradient diagrams, Q wagon unloading rail in 1925.

July 11 2020: X diesel, Albury, Gisborne, K classCE, S class steam on Glenroy bank, KAB.

July 10 2020: AEC at Swan Hill, Korong Vale, steam X 45, 5 new pics on AEC railcar pageMaryborough, X class flour wagons.

July 5 2020:AEC at Maryborough 1947, A2 at Castlemaine, E wagons.

July 5 2020: pdf of 132 drawings of Loco facilities on infrastructure page, S wagons, I have removed all the dead links from the links page.

July 3 2020: Uploaded Jeparit - Yanac Plan & Section (200MB) to grades book page.

July 1 2020: AvocaFX wagon, 4 new pics on Sandringham line, CE 36 in red, Murtoa, Dimboola.

June 29 2020: New pics on Ingliston bank, Disc signal page, 2 pics of steam S class at Broadmeadows. 

June 26 2020: 5 new pics on N class steam page.

June 24 2020: Phil Dunn has written some insightful captions for three new A2 photos, new photos of:  S 310, Q108, QB 1, Coburg

June 22 2020: New photos at Jacana and Broadmeadows, ZZ van, advertising U vans.

June 21 2020: New pics of: EssendonX 36 (steam)  SunburyQB, E electric

June 20 2020: Three new construction photos of S class steam. Build photo of VF 1. Photo of OilTank 356.

June 17 2020: 2 new pics of advertising U vans. Consolidated Avoca and Elmhurst onto a new Ararat-Maryborough page. QR wagon page.  

June 16 2020: New photo of S 311 in 1961 

June 15 2020: 31MB pdf of miscellaneous signal hardware on Signalling page.  

June 14 2020: Added a 1923 map of Telegraph and telephone system. Photo of S 314 on a goods in 1965.

June 13 2020: 5 photos added to Broadmeadows line page.

June 10 2020: New photos on: A2, S class steam, H class steam,Spencer St, Mansfield, Macedon , Broadmeadows pages.

June 9 2020: New photos on V steam locos, QR, Spencer St, X steam locos, K steam locos.

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 3 2020: Photos added to the following pages, Stawell, QS, Oil tank,R steam, OT, GY, TW16 and TW52, and a lovely diagram showing how to load a U van with eggs

 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 pageWarrnambool page, Spencer St page, photo of D4 on the ZL page, QR page, B class loco page, Balmoral line page, Upfield lineE 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 31 2020:Photos added to Q , R class steam, X class steam,   GY, Macedon, Harcourt  pages.

May 30 2020

Construction photos added to the E class electric loco page

April 19 2020

1956 Olympic games timetable added to Timetable page, courtesy Doug Miles. Circa 1892 suburban map added to map page  

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.

New plans added to the Gordon, Bendigo and Kaniva pages.

Drawing of 3 position dwarf and 3 position semaphore arms added. Before & After photos added to Oakleigh page.

Dec. 11 2019
New photos added to the Geelong,Sunshine,Castlemaine pages.

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

Signalling page:
1967 Book of Signals,
1979 General Appendix

Timetable page:
1974 suburban WTT
1974 West/So West WTT

B class page:
B class operating manual

New photos on AX, Broadmeadows line, Casterton pages.

Also some new H220 photos on the Wodonga and H class pages.

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:
Branxholme-Casterton, Hawthorn-Lilydale,
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. 23 2018:
New photos added to Tank wagons (denoted by ***), JCF, T vans, QB and C diesel pages. ELX page has been consolidated into one page and pics added.

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. 30 2018: Nine advertising/PR brochures added to the Timeline page.New photos added to: QH, JX, SCX, U pages.

Aug. 23 2018: New photos added to FQX, FJ and CJ pages.

Aug. 20 2018: Seven photos added to the Castlemaine page, M class diesel loco page added. New 1902 gradient diagram added to Bendigo line page.

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!

Aug. 10 2018: New plans of Bairnsdale Wharf line, new pics on Seymour, ZMF, VF, KS pages and a new introduction, written by Sean Kelly on the DERM page.

July 19 2018: New pics on SBX page, T van, S wagons, TW3, TW 4, TW 16, pages.

July 17 2018: Diagram of HH breakdown van added. Photos added to B class diesel page, S class diesel page, Wodonga page, Harcourt station page. TW19 page.

July 15 2018: New photos added 280 Walker, Q wagons, OT (4 wheel Oil Tanks) pages.

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.