What lines did the DRCs run on?

 
  Riccardo Minister for Railways

Location: Gone. Don't bother PMing here.
OTTOMH

-Donald
-Portland
-Stony Point
-the various mains, especially Seymour, ISTR Traralgon

-ISTR charter to Healesville at some point, and reading that Daylesford had a charter before it closed

Looking forward to your responses, especially "PE"

Sponsored advertisement

  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
I can confirm they ran to Stony Point and Bacchus Marsh.
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
Bright also had one charter with DRC42, as did Wycheproof.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
A DRC also did a tour to Queenscliff and Maldon hauling a BPL car in 1976.  Smile
  Riccardo Minister for Railways

Location: Gone. Don't bother PMing here.
A DRC also did a tour to Queenscliff and Maldon hauling a BPL car in 1976.  Smile
"K160"


I remember the Stony Point used to run with an MTH trailer. I never saw any other trailers on them tough
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
The Train Hobby profile on VR Railmotors has a photo of a DRC at Maldon running around its BPL car on the tour mentioned above. The Queenscliff leg is featured on the Channel 5 DVD "Railmotor journeys on lost VR lines".
  standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
I am pretty sure one of the last services on Queenscliff and Dalyesford were worked by DRC too
  PClark Chief Commissioner

They also ran regular services to Leongatha.
  iceman Deputy Commissioner

Location: Back home in Frankston.
DRC43 used to run the Stony.
  Riccardo Minister for Railways

Location: Gone. Don't bother PMing here.
I thought K184 or 153 did the last trains to Queenscliff and Maldon
  standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
I should say, one of the last schedule/regular service for Queenscliff/Daylesford
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

The Tulloch  DRC's were used in public passenger services on the following lines at least :  
-  Ararat - Hamilton - Portland
- Melbourne - Geelong,  Melbourne - Ballarat, Melbourne - Mansfield
- Ballarat - Donald, Ballarat - Geelong
- Melbourne - Leongatha
- Frankston - Stony Point

One particularly interesting rotation was :
Day 1 -  Melbourne - Geelong, Geelong - Ballarat,
Day 2 - Ballarat - Donald
Day 3 - Donald - Ballarat - Melbourne

The Mansfield working was like a 1600 Dn Weekday afternoon service with DERM Trailer, (trailer dropped off at Yea) . Returning next morning ex Mansfield arriving Spencer St late morning.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
OTTOMH

-Donald
-Portland
-Stony Point
-the various mains, especially Seymour, ISTR Traralgon

-ISTR charter to Healesville at some point, and reading that Daylesford had a charter before it closed

Looking forward to your responses, especially "PE"
"Riccardo"


Donald used to extend to Woomelang or run straight through to Woomelang thrice weekly.

There used to be a Walker from Castlemaine to Maryborough, and I'll add DERM"S from Bendigo to Echuca and on to Deniliquin and Balranald in NSW Exclamation

I'll leave the remainder, and there are many of them, for others.

Mike, The Vinelander.

PS, good thread Riccardo
Exclamation
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Exit...Stage Left!
AFAIK a DRC only ever operated a tour on the Daylesford line and failed somewhere on the line (Lyonville rings a bell, although I can't be positive)
  PE Chief Train Controller

Ok, lets start with the regular services.
Ararat - Portland
Melbourne - Leongatha
Melbourne - Bacchus Marsh
Melbourne - Kyneton/Woodend (after withdrawal of Walkers)
Melbourne - Seymour
Melbourne - Donald (believe Woomelang was only in the 280 era)
Melbourne - Geelong
Melbourne - Werribee
Melbourne - Mansfield (started in around mid 1976, banned beyond Yea in Nov 76 due to rough riding)
Geelong - Ballarat (usually only if the rostered 280 wasn't available)
Frankston - Stoney Point

The only one off regular branchline service they ran I'm aware of besides Mansfield was DRC41 on the 08.00 Melbourne - Daylesford on 15/01/1974 It failed at Tylden on the up trip with a burst radiator hose.

Now for some of the specials.

DRC40 ran the promotional trips to Coleraine and Casterton in June 1971 prior to commencing on the Portland service.

23/03/75 DRC41 to Healesville.
27/06/75 DRC43 to Little River & Princes Pier.
04/09/75 DRC42 to Tylden (failed at Carlsruhe)
09/10/76 DRC41 to Queenscliff - Newlyn - Maldon
05/03/81 DRC42 to Bright.

This is in no way an exhaustive list and anyone wishing one I would direct you to the August 1994 edition of Rail News Victoria which will provided you with all you need.

Hope this helps.
  Jason Junior Train Controller

Location: Hastings Vic
Pity about thier reliability, I remember them on the Stony Point Service.
  emd645e3c Deputy Commissioner

One has been into the siding at Deer Park West Boral aswell.
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
DRC42 has also been to Redan in 1993 on a tour.
  penov Chief Commissioner

Location: By the shore of Bass Strait.
Interesting comment made years ago when the DRC was running the Ararat - Hamilton service - one trip was non-stop was was timed faster that WA's Prospector train which at that time was the fastest scheduled passenger train in Australia
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
One has been into the siding at Deer Park West Boral as well.
"emd645e3c"


Been there, done that Exclamation

Cost me about $30.00 about 14 years to go the length of the siding as I already held a ticket for the main line Rolling Eyes

Mike, The Vinelander.
  tranzitjim Chief Commissioner

Location: Banned
****  The Awnsers -****

#1, First, there was just two of these cars,

They where purchased for the Portland - Hamilton - Ararat route.


N.S.W. also purchased around 8 of them for their Sydney - Southern Highlands route on an experiment.  It failed, and then
--- 2 of them where sold to Victorian Railways, this added to their existing 2.
--- The other 6 became locomotive hauled trailers.


#2,  As they now have 4 cars, their scope of operation would have become greater.

The old Working timetable states them in a wide range of routes.

#3,   The V/Line era, with all the closed branch lines.

I clearly remember them operating these,
-- Frankston - Stoney point
-- Melbourne - Seymour
And there was also one which went via Sunshine to somewhere.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

****  The Awnsers -****
"tranzitjim"

And what a comprehensive set of awnsers it was...  Sunshine to somewhere....
  Riccardo Minister for Railways

Location: Gone. Don't bother PMing here.
N.S.W. also purchased around 8 of them for their Sydney - Southern Highlands route on an experiment.  It failed, and then
--- 2 of them where sold to Victorian Railways, this added to their existing 2.
"tranzitjim"


It wasn't just Southern Highlands, actually the Riverina Express
  penov Chief Commissioner

Location: By the shore of Bass Strait.
Just to prove that the "old Bugger" was not rabbiting on when I stated in a post above that a DRC held the record of Australia's fastest train in 1980, I have now found my source and quote from the cynically named book "Great Rail Non-Journeys of Australia" by Colin Taylor published in 1986 :

" In 1980 the Prospector diesel multiple unit train maintained an average of almost 85 km/h between Perth and Kalgoorlie. It was wrongly billed as "Australia's Fastest Train", an honour which then  actually belonged to the little known (and often replaced by bus (we know why)) 12.28 pm Ararat to Hamilton railcar, which zipped along its 107 kilometre route on Mondays and Saturdays in seventy-two minutes at 89.17 km/h "

So don't knock the DRCs - they had their moment of fame and glory !
  Flatop Deputy Commissioner

Location: Some where in a Cab
Used to run the regular morning services to sunbury

Sponsored advertisement

Display from:   

Quick Reply

We've disabled Quick Reply for this thread as it was last updated more than six months ago.