Walhalla Goldfields Railways cease pass services - bushfires

 
  skitz Chief Commissioner

Can anyone in the know point out the correct position of the bridge in question by map ?
There seems to be no decent maps of the railway online.
Here is a map of the Walhalla area below (No railway though).

http://download.com.au/map_street_au_full.htm?State=Victoria&Town=Walhalla&Street=&Lat=-37.9497&Lon=146.4365&Zoom=15
"Paradise"


The location in railway terms is 105Miles 03Chains 60Links from Melbourne.  24Miles 91Chains 46Links Local (from Moe)

Three openings each 15ft.

On the map you havethe link to its directly below the middle 'Walhalla Road label on the easment that is shown below the creek.  (where the dog leg is in the raod.  The bridge sometimes refered to as Cascades and was the limit of operations for a little while before happy creek was comissioned.

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  6a Station Staff

just had a look at the channel seven footage about the bridge over the Thomson catching fire and she does imply that the bridge is destroyed.
  BJ Titsengolf That's Numberwang!

Location: Right here, right now, right here, right now...
The location in railway terms is 105Miles 03Chains 60Links from Melbourne.  24Miles 91Chains 46Links Local (from Moe)
"skitz"


Ah. Thanks for that. In terms of the bridges on that section of line, it is one of the smallest. While that's only a small consolation, thing could have been much worse.
  skitz Chief Commissioner

Bare with me, I have got some pics of the bridge (x4) have managed to upload them to a gallery (under my user name) and will now see if I can get them onto here.  I have never have had the urge to learn how until now - after 560 odd post you reckon I would have!

Bridge 7 pics

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  skitz Chief Commissioner

Ahhh, it works!

No more excuses not to post wherisit photos now...... Wink
  Gwiwer Rt Hon Gentleman and Ghost of Oliver Bulleid

Location: Loitering in darkest Somewhere
Thanks for those pics skitz.

I understand you guys there have a lot of work to do and that the fire threat is not yet gone (although is much reduced).  But from those pics the situation looks to be perhaps not as serious as we had though it might be, and perfectly recoverable given a little time, money and effort.

Good luck in the weeks and months ahead.
  6a Station Staff

excellent photos skitz gives a better pic now for those of us who have worked the line but are now far away
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
WALHALLA GOLDFIELDS RAILWAY OFFICIAL STATEMENT 23/12/06

Following fire activity which has continued through the week, WGR has suffered significant infrastructure damage and the Railway is closed until further notice.  Bridges 1-6 (the Stringers Creek trestles extending from Walhalla yard over a 800m section) have been saved after strenous efforts from DSE fire bombing helicopters, CFA and a small group of WGR personnel. A DSE 4wd vehicle with fire pump and equipment was despatched to the fire scene by the train on Thursday morning where the fire burnt down to the rail level.

At Happy Creek Station (2km from Walhalla), the fire also burnt to the platform itself and a stack of 150 new sleepers was saved following application of fire retardant. WGR was directed by DSE not to return to Walhalla due to the intense heat and risk of falling trees, and proceeded to Thomson. The fire continued throughout Thursday night and Friday and has burnt the eastern side of the line in the Stringers Creek gorge through to the down end of the Thomson River railway bridge. Following rain on Friday night, the fire risk has been downgraded for the immediate future.

As a result of the fires the confirmed asset damage is as follows:

+ Bridge No. 7 ("Three Span" or also known as "Cascade Bridge", 600m from Happy Creek Station has been severely damaged and will require a complete rebuild at an intial estimated commercial cost of
$250-300,000.
+Approximately 200 sleepers destroyed between Happy Creek and Thomson destroyed
+At ground internal telephone cable destroyed    

All fallen trees and rubble have now been removed and DSE personnel are continuing to remove trees above the rail which are regarded as potential hazardous. Geo-technical advice is also been sought about soil and rock stability above the line.

Replacement construction options for Bridge No.7 are underway and WGR gratefully acknowledges the support offered by the Puffing Billy Railway in addressing some of the immediate recovery issues.

Subject to to the confirmation of the safe condition of the railway infrastructure between Walhalla and Happy Creek, it is proposed to commence a shuttle service over that section of line from 31 December.
(The passenger cars and Kasey loco are at Walhalla whilst the Fowler loco is at Thomson).

The public is reminded that whilst they are very welcome to visit Walhalla once the roads are reopened, the WGR's track is a restricted area and unauthorized persons must not attempt to enter.

Further updates will posted here and on the website http://www.walhallarail.com
WGR would like to express its grateful thanks to the DSE and CFA personnel who worked so hard to minimize our asset losses.
  BJ Titsengolf That's Numberwang!

Location: Right here, right now, right here, right now...
How do i go about making a donation to WGR to help replace some of the damaged infrastructure?
  skitz Chief Commissioner

excellent photos skitz gives a better pic now for those of us who have worked the line but are now far away
"6a"


I too am far away (in Perth), I dont know who the pics belong to exactly and am just passing on the information for all of us to understand what has happened.

Gippslander, how did your house/cottage and the town fair after the dramas?
  Paradise Locomotive Driver

Thanks for the info 'Skitz'.

We need to dispense with the myth the media has created that a major bridge was destroyed.
That only has a negative impact on future patronage.

The location of the 'small' bridge would be here then:

http://download.com.au/map_street_au_full.htm?State=Victoria&Town=Walhalla&Street=&Lat=-37.9531&Lon=146.4339&Zoom=17

I'm going there ...
By train !
  skitz Chief Commissioner

Yup, close enough.
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
Anyone who is feeling generous would be very welcome to send a cheque to the "Walhalla Goldfields Railway Museum Project" at PO Box 1052 Moe Vic 3825. Donations are tax deductible.

No further information to report at WGR - Puffing Billy people currently on site inspecting the burnt bridge and damaged track (we are very grateful for their support).

Our own 145 year old cottage survived although the fire got to within 100m on Thursday night. Lots of embers but I was well prepared and had CFA tamkers out the front! Sadly, three holiday houses burnt at Maidentown, 3km east of Walhalla.
  18A Chief Commissioner

Location: On the tramway
Along with donations is it possible for people who may wish to lend themselves to the rebuilding processes along the line for short periods of time.  Some of us are a bit sparse on money, but can donate our time to the rebuilding process.

Cheers, Stefan
  BJ Titsengolf That's Numberwang!

Location: Right here, right now, right here, right now...
Anyone who is feeling generous would be very welcome to send a cheque to the "Walhalla Goldfields Railway Museum Project" at PO Box 1052 Moe Vic 3825. Donations are tax deductible.
"gippslander"


Will do. Expect something early Jan. Probably a Money Order though. Checks are a PITA.
  skitz Chief Commissioner

Thanks for the info 'Skitz'.

We need to dispense with the myth the media has created that a major bridge was destroyed.
That only has a negative impact on future patronage.

The location of the 'small' bridge would be here then:

http://download.com.au/map_street_au_full.htm?State=Victoria&Town=Walhalla&Street=&Lat=-37.9531&Lon=146.4339&Zoom=17

I'm going there ...
By train !
"Paradise"


Try this,


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I put an arrow on there to help.
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
Channel 9's news showed shots of the Thompson River bridge, giving the distinct impression that it was that bridge that had burnt.  Close-up shots of flames lapping the piers, however, were of a wooden trestle bridge, presumably the one that got burnt.
"John of Melbourne"


I noticed this to.
"639"


Interestingly, Win news (which precedes 9 news in Gippsland) showed the same footage of the Thomson River bridge, but did make it clear that it was another bridge that got burnt. So it was disappointing to see how they made it appear that the major bridge was the one that burnt on 9 news.
  Railfan9949 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere between Gembrook to Healesville to Seymour to Maldon
It's the media.. what do you expect?!
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
WIN and 9 are the same network. I wouldn't have expected such wide variation on the same channel less than 30 minutes apart.
  Railfan9949 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere between Gembrook to Healesville to Seymour to Maldon
Then again WIN is more for the rural viewers.. and naturally cover more on issues which relates to the bush.. where the viewers are..

While you have 9 which is more the metro Melbourne.. and I guess anything else which doesn't really concern with the urban suburban viewers, would be brief in favour of some robbery in the west..

Also as shown sometimes segments on issue which occur in the bush.. or areas well away from the city smoke, reporters tend to tell white lies or use misleading information to make it sound worser then it is, so it will A) attracts attention to those who would usual couldn't careless because the issue is happening 200 km away or

B) refer to point A, but using misleading information simply well most city folks wouldn't know the difference as it's all "woop woop" to them as at misleading information ie. a more famous bridge is used oppose to the actual one which is causing the news.. makes the story.. well the objective is to achieve what I said in point A...

I guess the advantage of having both WIN and 9 is you get all the important news which happenend in the bush.. as well as the ones which happend in Melbourne
  6a Station Staff

and WIN  and Channel 9 (hello Jamie) are not the same company
  Adogs Chief Train Controller

Any updates on reopening Walhalla-Happy Creek?

I might come up and have a look around next week if the train's running.
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

If the trains running? Why not go up and lend a hand or perhaps donate some money to the railway eh? Damn foamer
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
As of tomorrow 31 Dec, WGR will commence an hourly shuttle service from Walhalla-Happy Creek & return, on the hour between 11am-4pm.
Thomson-Happy Creek section out of service until Bridge 7 is rebuilt and track repairs effected.  The bridge has been 80% destroyed and what remains are only an impediment to the reconstruction process.
Most local tracks in the area (including the former pedestrian track from the Walhalla Rd to Happy Ck) are closed with appropriate signage. Anyone coming to the area should respect track closures are they are being enforced by the Police & Parks Victoria.
  skitz Chief Commissioner

Clean up of the bridge site commences.

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