707 Operations - Updates

 
  8502 Assistant Commissioner

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  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Going pretty well, considering they nearly bankrupted themselves earlier during the pandemic.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
707 Operations have announced a series of special trains titled the "Picnic Express" to operate to Bacchus Marsh this coming September.

R707 will lead the way on the 4th, 5th, 11th and 12th of September, picking up passengers at select suburban stations on the way to Bacchus Marsh. Passengers will get 2 1/2 hours to enjoy the picturesque Maddingley Park adjacent to Bacchus Marsh Railway station before their train departs back for Melbourne.

This looks to be R707's first outing in nearly 2 years.

Link: https://www.707operations.com.au/Main.asp?_=Coming%20Trip%20-%20The%20Picnic%20Express%204-5%20and%2011-12%20September
  route14 Chief Commissioner

It seems that the COVID 19 restrictions have been eased up a bit.  Compartments are allowed to seat 8 passengers as they normally do.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The tastes of the Goulburn is back on which is great.

https://www.railpage.com.au/events/seymour-and-the-taste-of-the-gou
  Carnot Minister for Railways

R707 ventured to Ballarat and back yesterday on a driver training and test run. It performed exceptionally well:


https://youtu.be/eBAdTRa93BM
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
707 Ops revealed today on their facebook that Y127 has been repainted into V/Line Orange and grey livery. Others may be able to correct me, but this will be the first preserved loco painted into in that livery, asside from what they might have been in when entering preservation. Based on a quick google search, it has previously ran with this colour scheme. Prior to the new repaint, Y127 previously ran with what i'll describe as a 707 ops red and black custom livery.

https://www.facebook.com/707operationsInc

They have it noted that Y127 will be running with R707 later in November on a series of picnic express trains to Bacchus Marsh. I could be reading more into this, but it may indicate the loco has been upgraded with high speed bogies. We will see in time i guess.
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Just fitting it with high speed bogies doesn't mean it will exceed the designed speed limit of 65 km/h.  Shamefully all heri
  route14 Chief Commissioner

Just fitting it with high speed bogies doesn't mean it will exceed the designed speed limit of 65 km/h.  Shamefully all heritage trains are speed limited at 80 km/h along RFR lines so 65 isn't that much a difference.  Sorry there's an unknown problem with my tablet so the virtual keyboard disappears suddenly from time to time, often when I'm typing fast, causing me to hit the post button prematurely in the previous post.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: In exile
Sorry there's an unknown problem with my tablet so the virtual keyboard disappears suddenly from time to time, often when I'm typing fast, causing me to hit the post button prematurely in the previous post.
route14
You can of course edit or delete the post(s).
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
707 Ops revealed today on their facebook that Y127 has been repainted into V/Line Orange and grey livery. Others may be able to correct me, but this will be the first preserved loco painted into in that livery, asside from what they might have been in when entering preservation. Based on a quick google search, it has previously ran with this colour scheme. Prior to the new repaint, Y127 previously ran with what i'll describe as a 707 ops red and black custom livery.

https://www.facebook.com/707operationsInc

They have it noted that Y127 will be running with R707 later in November on a series of picnic express trains to Bacchus Marsh. I could be reading more into this, but it may indicate the loco has been upgraded with high speed bogies. We will see in time i guess.
Galron
Last night (30/10/2021) it was sighted through Sunshine on a transfer to Castlemaine with A66 and carriages. A66 was leading Y127.
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Live video of it this morning with 101 to Maldon. Proper video (about 30 minutes worth) coming tomorrow.



https://youtu.be/AS5q9sxjUSo
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Fantastic.

Why the transfer or was it a tour?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Transfer of Bluebird carriage and private charter.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Transfer of Bluebird carriage and private charter.
Carnot

Thanks.

Wonderful this can happy and must have been exciting for the locals at Maldon.  Would that have been the first time the overland carriages would have been onto the Maldon Branch?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Some excellent photos from Michael Jerman at Castlemaine.



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https://www.facebook.com/groups/162746853886280/user/1304409630
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Enroute to Muckleford

https://www.railpage.com.au/photos/128116

Looks great
  Greensleeves Chief Commissioner

Location: If it isn't obvious by now, it should be.
Full video now up:



https://youtu.be/aUuA54wjnf0
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Really nice work @Greensleeves
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Looking splendid. Not before time on that livery’s appearance freshly painted in preservation.
Now, how’s about the grotty Y it was in front of, and then A66 on the return trip being so painted too. Can only ask.

Regards
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Banned
I didn't particularly like the old V/Line livery ( although it's miles better than the current one), but that is a first class paint job - well done to all concerned.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
It has surely been some time since an A class was in Castlemaine Yard.



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaaduW9uSus

Sounds Like Lenny Pate was there @Michelle12
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
A66 needs to be painted the same as Y127 has been. Call it V/Line retro, and tell me when it’s done.
Shouldn’t be a drama getting permission to use a livery with the same name as the owner if it’s just an older livery.
So let’s be honest, the V/Line Orange and Grey has to be a 100% improvement on the utter crap A66 is currently adorned with.

Regards.

A fantastic result by the team on Y127. I nominate them to repaint A66, based on the Y’s magnificent look.
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
A66 needs to be painted the same as Y127 has been. Call it V/Line retro, and tell me when it’s done.
Shouldn’t be a drama getting permission to use a livery with the same name as the owner if it’s just an older livery.
So let’s be honest, the V/Line Orange and Grey has to be a 100% improvement on the utter crap A66 is currently adorned with.

Regards.

A fantastic result by the team on Y127. I nominate them to repaint A66, based on the Y’s magnificent look.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Was the A class to heavy for a run to Maldon ?

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