Steam Age Melbourne Limited

 
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Back in the 1980's Steam Age ran an up-market train called the Melbourne Limited with R766. It used a number of former South Australian 500, 600 and 700 carriages.  Does anybody know what happened to this rolling stock?

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  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
According to Comrails:
  • 501/Weeroona was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to a private owner, who then sold it to Boyd Munro in NSW, 1989. No idea since then.
  • AK502/Burrumbeet is now owned by Steamrail.
  • DCK601/Wedgwood was converted in '87 to SG for Steam Age, then was sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail.
  • BK603/Lauriston was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail.
  • BK604/Corangamite was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail.
  • BK605/Wendouree was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail.
  • DCK607/Glenmaggie was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail. Apparently is to be put on BG bogies.
  • BK700 was purchased by Australian Vintage Travel, then West Coast Railway, and finally purchased by Steamrail.
  • 707/Waterford is at RTM Thirlmere
  • 708 was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by 707 Operations and put on BG bogies.
  • BK709 was purchased by Australian Vintage Travel, then West Coast Railway, and finally purchased by Steamrail.
  • BK711 was purchased by Australian Vintage Travel, then West Coast Railway, and finally purchased by Steamrail.
  • PCK713/Eppalock was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail.
  • Bk714 was purchased by Australian Vintage Travel, then West Coast Railway, and finally purchased by Steamrail.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
LancedDendrite; I could not have had a more comprehensive answer than that.  Thank you very much.Laughing
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
...converted in '87 to SG for Steam Age...
LancedDendrite
I'm a little confused: weren't the Steam Age services all on broad gauge?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
I'll defer to Comrails again:
The Steam Age "500", "600" and "700" steel carriages that were refurbished for the Melbourne Limited were all given the names of Victorian lakes. These cars initially departed Adelaide on 3.12.1981 with all 14 purchased carriages in a single consists. The inaugural Melbourne Limited trip was on Saturday 15.6.1985 to Swan Hill. At the time only some of the carriages had been updated, the rest being scheduled for refurbishment at a later date.

After SteamAge collapsed, the carriages were resold in 1987 to Australian Vintage Travel and used to form a standard gauge train called The Southern Cross Express. Some additional cars were refurbished to provide Dining and a Power car, with the new service being launched on a special to Seymour on Friday 11.12.1987 and a promotional tour to Canberra on Friday 22 to Sunday 24.1.1988. Australian Vintage Travel went into receivership July 1988, and all the rollingstock was put up for tender.

Late 1989 two of the carriages were sold to a private individual in Sydney, who intended to use them for private trips, the rest where sold to the Northern Rivers Scenic Railway (NRSR) in NSW who intended to operate them at Murwillumbah. On 29.12.1989 all the cars on standard gauge were transferred to Goulburn Roundhouse, the rest being stored at Steamrail's depot at Newport. The Goulburn-based cars were eventually transferred further north, but do not seem to have been placed into any regular passenger service. The four stored at Steamrail's depot were eventually sold to West Coast Railway who restored some to service. Following the sale of West Coast Railway the cars returned to Steamrail.
Comrails
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
I believe Steam Age was financially supported by a loan facility from the Victorian Economic Development Corporation. In late 1985 I went on a double R tour to Ararat that it ran, and it was a pretty impressive package - beautiful cars, great food and service. It was a pity the venture financially couldn't stack up.
  nscaler69 Deputy Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
I believe both 707 and 501 are still owned and used by Boyd Munro.
  M636C Minister for Railways

707 is also owned by Boyd Munro and has been since sale by Steam Age.

It was fitted out as a lounge car and was run on a number of RTM tours.

It now runs with TA 501 in Boyd Munro's private train and is coded as ABM 707.

Both cars carry the name "Terra Australis".

Photos appear in the June 2015 AMRM.

M636C
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Please excuse my extreme ignorance, but who is Boyd Munroe? Is he a person, or a company? And by private train, do you mean to tell me this is a private citizen with his own private train running around the rail network?
  overlander Station Master

I believe there are a number of people that privately own rolling stock that operate on the rail network.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Please excuse my extreme ignorance, but who is Boyd Munroe? Is he a person, or a company? And by private train, do you mean to tell me this is a private citizen with his own private train running around the rail network?
Gman_86
Boyd is an individual, and you have the rest pretty much right - there are photos around and the consist can sometimes have a flat wagon in it for carrying a vehicle or two as well - no doubt depending where it goes.
  big_al Junior Train Controller

Location: Swan Hill
Does anyone have any close up photos of the Melbourne Limited rollingstock? Specifically the carriage names for the font used, have the kits to make a full Melbourne Limited but i'm unable to create decals.
Thanks in advance
Allastair
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
One of dad's shots that (sort of) show the lettering:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/alangreenhill/9889811816
  big_al Junior Train Controller

Location: Swan Hill
Thanks Michael
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
According to Comrails:
  • 501/Weeroona was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to a private owner, who then sold it to Boyd Munro in NSW, 1989. No idea since then.
  • AK502/Burrumbeet is now owned by Steamrail.
  • DCK601/Wedgwood was converted in '87 to SG for Steam Age, then was sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail.
  • BK603/Lauriston was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail.
  • BK604/Corangamite was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail.
  • BK605/Wendouree was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail.
  • DCK607/Glenmaggie was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail. Apparently is to be put on BG bogies.
  • BK700 was purchased by Australian Vintage Travel, then West Coast Railway, and finally purchased by Steamrail.
  • 707/Waterford is at RTM Thirlmere
  • 708 was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by 707 Operations and put on BG bogies.
  • BK709 was purchased by Australian Vintage Travel, then West Coast Railway, and finally purchased by Steamrail.
  • BK711 was purchased by Australian Vintage Travel, then West Coast Railway, and finally purchased by Steamrail.
  • PCK713/Eppalock was sold to Australian Vintage Travel and converted in '87 to SG, then sold to Northern Rivers Railway, then ended up being purchased by Steamrail.
  • Bk714 was purchased by Australian Vintage Travel, then West Coast Railway, and finally purchased by Steamrail.
LancedDendrite

PCK713 is privately owned housed out of Steamrail.
708 is privately owned housed out of 707 Operations.
501 is now TA 501 as discussed and lives in Canberra.
707 is now ABM 707 as discussed and lives in Canberra.

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