Have just returned from Walhalla where a CFA briefing was held for locals. The situation is presently under very close observation by the DSE/CFA, with a major firebreak being cut about 5km to the east of Walhalla, to join the northern fire front. There are some very resourceful CFA & mining people at Walhalla who are well prepared, bearing in mind that weather conditions are favourable for the next few days.
The Henschel steam loco was removed this morning for safe storage elsewhere, and there are presently no plans to repatriate the WGR's rollingstock, which is nearly all stored in locked sheds at Thomson. WGR personnel have been carrying out fire prevention works on site during the week.
WGR's immediate and pressing concern is that it's income has ceased just before the busy Christmas holiday period. Standing costs like public liability, utilities and employee expenses keep ticking over.
Subject to the fire situation improving, the best case scenario is that trains could resume some time next week, the worst case might be that we lose all of January. Of course, all this assumes there is no fire damage to the infrastructure.
My family has a 140 year old miners cottage at Walhalla which is also a major concern for me personally. Having seen the devastation of last Thursday, it's scary stuff. We just have to wait.