YVR - Yarra Valley Railway

 
  6-4-0 Beginner

If they are it would be a real shame - I understand the economics due to replacement etc but at what stage does a heritage rail stop being a heritage rail? If concrete is used then the only thing heritage will be what’s running on the lines

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  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone
If they are it would be a real shame - I understand the economics due to replacement etc but at what stage does a heritage rail stop being a heritage rail? If concrete is used then the only thing heritage will be what’s running on the lines
6-4-0
Get your hand off it.

If timber sleepers are required for a heritage railway to be called as such then perhaps the Victorian Goldfields Railway isn't a heritage railway, as they already have concrete sleepers in some sections of their track. Actually, come to think of it Daylesford - an accredited museum - shouldn't be called a heritage railway either as they've got plastic sleepers in some parts of their track!
Come to think of it, not even just having only timber sleepers in your track is really enough to be 'heritage'. We should all go back to using only hand tools to replace sleepers. You sound like you'd be great with a hand auger...
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
If they are it would be a real shame - I understand the economics due to replacement etc but at what stage does a heritage rail stop being a heritage rail? If concrete is used then the only thing heritage will be what’s running on the lines
6-4-0
There comes a time when reality and practicality must come to the fore.

By all means have a track museum segment somewhere:

  • Timber sleepers - you'll be battling to get REAL heritage quality timber sleepers these days.
  • No base plates.
  • No rail anchors.
  • 60 lb rail in short lengths.
  • 6-hole fishplates.
  • Ash ballast.
  • Round dogspikes.
  • Timber trestle bridges
  • etc etc
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
If they are it would be a real shame - I understand the economics due to replacement etc but at what stage does a heritage rail stop being a heritage rail? If concrete is used then the only thing heritage will be what’s running on the lines
"6-4-0"
You'd better not go near PBR with ideas like yours sonny, otherwise the NA's will have to lose their steel cowcatchers and replace them with timber; their remotely mounted grease nipples will have to go; so will the turbo generators and electric lighting to be replaced by kero lanterns, and 14A will have to have its all welded boiler scrapped and replaced by one with riveted construction.
While you're there, you might care to tell the shop at Belgrave station that the electric freezers and refrigerators have to go, as do the fluorescent lights and electronic cash registers.

The front end loader that coals the locos will also need to go, and the workshop's electric power will be replaced by steam-powered shafts, belts and pulleys to drive the machines.

Need I say more?
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

I’ve heard that concrete sleepers are being installed @ YVR - is that accurate?
6-4-0
that is correct.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

they are also getting the rail from the the Dandy Line that has become surplus, it has already being delivered at the the Tarrawarra work site.
  Lockspike Deputy Commissioner

If they are it would be a real shame - I understand the economics due to replacement etc but at what stage does a heritage rail stop being a heritage rail? If concrete is used then the only thing heritage will be what’s running on the lines
6-4-0
Very few heritage railway volunteers want to do track work as it's long hours of dirty, hard, heavy work, out in all weathers. It certainly doesn't have the glamour of running trains.

Anything that makes track maintenance easier ought to be embraced.

6-4-0, on which heritage railway did you say we can see you bending your back swinging a beater to maintain the track in fine fettle?
  steamfreak Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wodonga, VIC
If they are it would be a real shame - I understand the economics due to replacement etc but at what stage does a heritage rail stop being a heritage rail? If concrete is used then the only thing heritage will be what’s running on the lines
Very few heritage railway volunteers want to do track work as it's long hours of dirty, hard, heavy work, out in all weathers. It certainly doesn't have the glamour of running trains.

Anything that makes track maintenance easier ought to be embraced.

6-4-0, on which heritage railway did you say we can see you bending your back swinging a beater to maintain the track in fine fettle?
Lockspike
I saw coloured and textured concrete "sleepers" at the garden supply yard for retaining walls etc.  Surely those techniques can be used on actual railway sleepers to retain the heritage look? Smile
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: Gheringhap Loop Autonomous Zone


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6qFKOiGAF08
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Great stuff, good on the YVR, that is some serious work to get that lot moved just for a start.

Some of those steam train shots look awful familiar, maybe a little more Central Victoria than Eastern Melbourne? Laughing

BG
  Valvegear Dr Beeching