Been a while since the VGR thread was updated, so here I go.
Sadly, just a few days prior to the official re-launch of over hauled loco J549 in late January, the man who had his name on the side of the loco passed away.
Brian Frewin a long time member, tireless volunteer and Life Member who held many positions in his time on the VGR lost a short battle with cancer.
On Australia Day his family were present when the re-launch took place at Castlemaine with the Brian Frewin nameplates being bolted back on the cab sides.
As can be seen elsewhere, K 160 was transported by road to Steamrail's Newport Depot in mid January for a major overhaul.
When being prepared for Steamrail's Open Day on the march long weekend, she blew her main internal steam pipe.
That didn't quite stop her as she was towed around for a few runs each day.
Y 133 was the main loco running over summer due to the high fire danger, which also saw a few running days cancelled.
March saw J 549 return to running until the lifting of fire bans last monday.
J 549 will now go in for a check up and a bit of maintanance after being run in.
At the Steam trains for Kids event last weekend, K 190 was in steam and parked in the dock road at Maldon and used for footplate visits and a bit of whistle blowing.
It was parked over the pit at the end of the day in preperation for running now that fire bans are over.
Last Sunday also saw a visit from a local politician and a few photo's taken.
With Easter now upon us, it will see trains running every day from Good Friday to Easter Monday, including the Good Friday evening Wine, Beer & Cheese Platter train departing Maldon at 7pm and returning about 10pm.
I see that the DSCR have there group coming along again.
Listed throughout the year are a number of events including a celebration later in the year of a decade since the opening of the line into Castlemaine.