June 28 2016:
Feb 29 2016, New photos on AX page, RM24 as delivered at Morwell, 1980 VicRail signal catalog. pdf of collection of standard building drawings on infrastructure page. pdf of collection of signal/bridges on signalling page. Kyneton box diagram, Glenorchy signal box plan. 1912 plan of Hamilton signal box. Various infrastructre plans Melb-Bendigo 29MB download on Melb-Bendigo grades book page.
Feb 24: photos added to S wagon page,
John Dare recently released a fantastic book on the VR, great quality photography and lots of historical info, a must have for the VR fan, it can be ordered from the ARHS Vic division
Feb 22 2016: I have decided to put location specific plans up on the relevant photo gallery pages, it is an inelegant solution but saves me creating new pages. The first plans are of the new station buildings at "Ballarat West" until seeing these plans I was unaware that what we now know as Ballarat was ever known as Ballarat West. The plans are on the Ballarat page.
Feb 22 2016: The recent problems with the website are now fixed but sadly the forum could not be saved (it was stored at my host, not backed up on my computer) If anyone has a backup please let me know.
Feb 20 2013: Detailed surveyors plans for the Carlshrue - Daylesford line from the Colin Rutledge collection.New pics/plans on Ravenswood, Ballarat East loco depot, Trawalla, Traralgon, Bacchus Marsh,
Jan. 30 2013: 4 new diagrams of Elmore (some of these diagrams may have been proposals that didn't take place).
Jan. 20 2013: I am most grateful for Colin Rutledge having made available his extensive collection of infrastructure and signal diagrams for us and a start has been made on putting them on the website. 87 diagrams can be found on the index pages:A - C and D - H and all new diagrams have a NEW next to them.
Oct. 17 2012: Frank Kelly loaned me his copy of the 1910 Way & Works branch Book of Instructions which is now available as a 30MB download in the infrastructure section. Lots of great drawings for modellers!
Sept. 15 2012: Many thanks to Captain Paul Davis for making available an 1864 VR rulebook and a 1864 Melbourne Railway Company rulebook, and thanks to Chris Wurr for digitally photographing them, they can be downloaded from the Signal page as multi page pdf's. New photos added to the following pages: AX, Z, ZL, RY, M, Dooen, Glenrowan. I have also added some photos of Frank Kelly superb models on the Z and T van pages with more to follow.
Sept. 11 2012: A2 history cards added to the A2 page. WARNING, it is a 600+ page pdf, 77MB download.
Sept. 4 2012: On the signal page I have put up a "Signal & Telegraph branch catalog" which has over 200 drawings of signal equipment. WARNING, it is a 110MB download. Laverton derailment photos on the Laverton page. New photo of Stawell A box, many new RY, photos added to coincide with the release of SEM's new RY models. New photos of QS 1 and QS 2 on the QS page. SFF, IY, H vans, KQ,
August 17 2012: S steam, ashpit and rail weights on infrastructure page, X 35 after Glenorochy crash, Dynamometer car interior photo, Before & After at Bendigo, GJF, Q flat wagons, FP, The full set of 1948 suburban train drivers roster books are now in the timetables section
August 11 2012: The history cards for R and S class steam locos have been put up on their pages. Many thanks to Gary Roberts for making available a full set of suburban drivers roster books from 1948, I have just put up the first one in the timetables section:
Aug 10 2012: We are indebted to Phil Dunn for making available digital copies of the VR steam loco history cards. These are the "official" history of each loco, from being built to scrapped. The first class covered is the X class, by clicking on the link you will be downloading a 20MB pdf. The pdf can be downloaded from the X class steam loco page where there is also a new photo. I'd also like to thank Mark Warner for beautifully scanning some old signal diagrams, there are 20 new signal diagrams on the signal diagrams page, all new diagrams are indicated with ***NEW*** New photos on the following pages: O wagons, KPC, RY, W workmens sleeper, Test brake boards,