Maldon Steam Spectacular October 26th 2013

 
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Had a great day yesterday. Thanks to Steamrail and the VGR for putting on a great event.

Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/matthew-davis-photography/sets/72157636988362603/

Video:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ysqO9GPyz7A



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xtzxViYEBq4

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  SteamRanger Chief Train Controller
  steamfreak711 Locomotive Driver

I managed a couple of pics on Saturday - what a great trip.  Well done Steamrail and VGR!














  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
Saturday's Steamrail to Castlemaine 'Maldon Steam Spectacular' was a great day for all concerned and many thanks to both Steamrail and VGR for making it all possible. R761-K190 set the ball rolling with their impressive departure from Southern Cross station. Sat 26/10/2013.







  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761 & K190 'strut their stuff' as they depart Southern Cross station with 8095 Steamrail to Castlemaine/Maldon. Sat 26/10/2013.





  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761-K190 waste little time in keeping to schedule as they pass through Diggers Rest station :

  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761-K190 are working hard as they chuff their way toward Pierce Rd bridge on the approach to Gisborne station :





  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761-K190 simmer away at Gisborne station waiting for V Line trains to pass :



  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
While at Gisborne, we had time to admire R761 and K190 in some detail :
k190


R761

  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761-K190 passing through picturesque Woodend with Mt Macedon in the background :



  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761-K190 disturb the quiet of the quaint countryside around Malmsbury station, hard to resist this spot  :



  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761-K190 come to a halt at the loop at Elphinstone in order to wait for V Line trains in both directions to pass :

  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761-K190 put on the expected show as they tackle the climb toward the legendary Elphinstone tunnel :





  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The stop was an interesting event just after the departure from SCS.  Was this planned or for operational issues?



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Regards
Brian
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
J515 in 4 Road at Castlemaine prior to the special being placed into Platform 3



Regards
Brian
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761-K190 had arrived at Castlemaine giving us some time to take in some of the history of this town(including the semaphores) :





R761-K190 sitting at the platform



R761 and K190 reversing the train out of the platform




R761 waits to be turned, coaled and watered
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
R761 on the return journey coming off Taradale Loop. The train really got up and was quickly passing Malmsbury railway station on its fast run to Melbourne.

  Carnot Minister for Railways

I suspect the wait at SCS was for a spark to cross-over our line.

Some (mostly subjective) notes on its performance on the Down (according to GPS):
- Accelerated to 80 kph before Clarkefield.
- Struggled a bit up to Gisborne as R761 wasn't steaming that well.
- Performed strongly up Macedon bank which was topped at about 45 kph and before long we were blasting thru Woodend at 80k.
- Extended periods of fast 80k or so running to Malmsbury viaduct.
- Standing-start run to Elphinstone tunnel was very strong.

On the Up:
- Chewton Bank initially 50 kph, but slowed to 24k at tunnel entrance.
- Up the hill from Taradale viaduct was a struggle as we crawled along at mostly less than 20k.
- After the steepest section towards Malmsbury we took off but had to slow for viaduct, after which it was another slog.
- Near Kyneton the pace quickened considerably and we topped the Divide at about 63 kph.  (Heaps of smoke produced around this time too)
- Much of the rest of the trip was spent coasting at 80kph or so.  Watergardens to Sunshine was likewise fast.

Not sure how that compares to other steam-hauled tours, but perhaps some of you might find the above interesting.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
For the return trip back to Melbourne, the following shots were taken at Castlemaine station :

Driver and fireman on R761 looking toward the train

R761-D3 639 pull out of the road


R761 plays it's part in giving B J Eaton(last fireman on VR-joined in 1965) a fitting send off at Castlemaine station
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761-D3 639 tackle the climb into Elphinstone tunnel with the 8096 Steamrail return trip back to Melbourne. I couldn't help noticing the different chuff rates between the mighty Hudson and the 1903 vintage D3 as they put on one hell of an impressive show :



  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
After a brief time at Taradale, R761-D3 639 make their way out of Taradale loop for the climb up to Malmsbury :

  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
R761-D3 639 waste little time as they make their way though Woodend station :

  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
For the final look at R761-D3 639 before we called it a night, they are seen making good time through Diggers Rest station.
Again many thanks to everyone at Steamrail and VGR for putting on a terrific day :

  Taitset Chief Commissioner

Location: Eltham, (former) vintage safeworking capital of Melbourne
A view from a slightly different perspective between Muckleford and Castlemaine on the return:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wCNl5wZ9CiA&feature=c4-overview&list=UUCk88z7a-Gs6IEAO3fp-UZQ
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
A little dark on this el cheapo video camera (need to find my better one) but sounds great.  Taken as the loco's come off Taradale Loop.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BrNs2LyLYBE

Regards
Brian

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