West Victorian Exploration

 
  C500 Junior Train Controller

Hey guys,

I might be posting this in the wrong place, and if so just point me in the right direction, but I'm planning a week long trip to the West of Victoria in February to go exploring some old rail lines and hopefully get some photos of remnants of a golden age of railways. The trip has been inspired by the book "Enginemen Of The Victorian Railways" and has coincided with an already planned 2 week leave from work. I don't have a 4x4 to get to any really remote locations, but I'd love to get a list of places I should visit to give me a good feel for just how things were.

Thanks guys,
Nic.

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  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
I might suggest following the Forrest branch or even the Wensleydale line remnants. A little can be found of the Beech Forest and Crowes line. The Timboon line has some viaducts in place and the Port Fairy branches formation is easily followed beyond Dennington. There is even an intact but orphaned line from Heywood to Mt Gambier.
  C500 Junior Train Controller

I might suggest following the Forrest branch or even the Wensleydale line remnants. A little can be found of the Beech Forest and Crowes line. The Timboon line has some viaducts in place and the Port Fairy branches formation is easily followed beyond Dennington. There is even an intact but orphaned line from Heywood to Mt Gambier.
Rodo
Excellent, thanks for the list. The Forrest branch is a must, after reading the stories in this book I don't think I could pass up just being in the same place that sparked them all.
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
Easily explored from the various roads in the area. A 4x4 would not get you much further than a conventional vehicle, unless you were exploring the old yimber tramways beyond Forrest.
  lunchbox Locomotive Driver

I found the Grampians Line, west out of Stawell, interesting.  It includes a rail-trail.  Check also the railtrails.org.au website
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
You might want to pack a bike with you to explore the many developing rail trails, that would be much more handier than a 4x4.

Being summer a 4x4 would probably not get you anywhere In public that a non 4x4 would.

Decades ago that may have been a different story as old lines would of been 4x4 able, before gates, fences, bolllards, buildings, etc were put In your way.

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