Grades books showed a wealth of information on the physical characteristics of a line, as shown in the explanation of symbols above. In steam days it was very important for both the driver and fireman to really know their tracks as this determined how the loco was fired and driven. In later days the grades book ceased being issued to train crews but track maintenence people still need them. Lines will be added as I get time to scan and stitch them together.

NOTE: When the diagram page is opened you usually have to scroll to find the diagram!

The book on the right was issued in 1923 and is a fascinating read on how the "department" wanted their drivers to operate the train.

I have just obtained an almost complete set of VR track charts from 1929, apart from showing gradient information they also show track layouts for the entire state! Pages that contain a track chart in addition to the diagram from the grades book are identified by a "TC"

Line sections shown in green have timetables or other historical info added to the page. Most of the safeworking dates comes from the "Weekly Notice extracts 1894 - 1994" by Lambert/Jungwirth and is used here with permission.

Explanation of track chart symbols

Northern & Midland
Western & Southwestern
North Eastern
Eastern & Southeastern