Dd893 Train Controller

Location: Castlemaine
This sunday (oct 21st) the VGR are running the Pink Train, which is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research.

All monies raised from morning & afternoon tea's along with a high tae will be donated to BCR.

Bookings for these tea' s are a must.

A few of the blokes will be very neatly dressed in pink, thanks to the ladies of the VGR.

The following sunday (oct 28) will see the popular Mucklefest Heritage Festival at Muckleford Railway Station from 10am to 4pm.

More info on both events available from the VGR website.

Cheers, Russell

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  Taitset Chief Commissioner

Location: Eltham, (former) vintage safeworking capital of Melbourne
Here's some footage of 'The Pink Train' yesterday with J515:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmhwrwfHYKQ

The second shot shows an example of how dangerous the Maldon-Lockwood Road level crossing can be!
  Boss Chief Commissioner

Location: Caulfield Line
Here's some footage of 'The Pink Train' yesterday with J515:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rmhwrwfHYKQ

The second shot shows an example of how dangerous the Maldon-Lockwood Road level crossing can be!
"Taitset"


What sort of protection does the crossing have please, Taitset?
  Taitset Chief Commissioner

Location: Eltham, (former) vintage safeworking capital of Melbourne
Just 'Give Way' signs.
  Boss Chief Commissioner

Location: Caulfield Line
Just 'Give Way' signs.
"Taitset"


That should work providing the car drivers can see.
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Just 'Give Way' signs.
"Taitset"


That should work providing the car drivers can see.
"Boss"

The signs are very visible to motorists. It's simply that they choose to ignore them.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Once more I have to say; that is a superb whistle on 515.
  Bills_Billboards Chief Commissioner

No one seems to know about the SRV/VGR transfer this Tuesday then of K190
  alcoworldseries Deputy Commissioner

Location: Auburn
One thing I did notice with the (excellent) footage Martin, was the first two "scenes" the loco headlight either extinguished or very low including approaching the said level crossing, I know this is purported to be in line with hertitage operations etc etc etc, BUT I know from experience with the legal and accreditation issues for ALL railway operations in the modern era, the first question that will be asked of the crew in event of ANY collision, is was the headlight illuminated, the second is was the headlight on high beam, then the third is was the warning device (whistle) operated in accordance with the instructions of the operator, unfortunately the days of being able to run without headlights is long past.
Not "pointing the bone" at VGR in particular, I have noted a common theme with many Preservation/Tourist railways viz a viz headlight operation.
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

I know Bill. I know it got there.
  Melbournesparks Chief Commissioner

Location: City of Eltham
The headlight was on, just hard to see in the bright sunlight.



The vehicle's numberplate can be clearly read in the original, I don't suppose the local constabulary would be interested...
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
The headlight is on low beam. J515 has a sealed beam unit fitted, and it can be seen for miles if it's on high beam.
Might be worth contacting the local wallopers to ask? The car is clearly not giving way to the train.
  glennofootscray Junior Train Controller

Location: Footscray
It may be prudent for heritage railways to have lockable fold down signs (similar to stock crossing signs) 200 metres before each side of an unprotected level crossing notifying of activity on rail operational/maintenance days, so ignorant locals and/or city slickers dont treat the sight of slightly rusted rails as an abandoned railway crossing. A SUV will lose to a J Class, but a gangers trolley would lose to a SUV. 


Just a thought,
Glenn
  Melbournesparks Chief Commissioner

Location: City of Eltham
It should be noted that based on a few minutes observation waiting for the train, most drivers do actually slow down and look both ways. Still, it only takes one...
  Dd893 Train Controller

Location: Castlemaine
Yep, Bill
K190 and two passenger carriages made their way up to Castlemaine today. They arrived shortly after 1pm and were quickly put across to the VGR track.  K190 was turned, had a drink of water then coupled up the carriages and was on its way to Maldon around 2pm. 
I was working quietly packing camp ovens for dispatch and didn't even hear it go over Winter Flat bridge and past work. 

As for the Maldon-Bendigo road crossing, currently there are signs a few hundred metres out, rumble strips and the Railway Crossing & Give way signs. 
Only a few weeks ago I was on the footplate having a ride and the crew said to keep a good lookout for cars from the Bendigo side (same side as that car in film). 
Have also been on the train at night and the whistle is blown a lot more on approach to crossing.
Flashing lights have been on the books for a while now and should be in place by early 2013. 
But then they (car drivers) will just use the excuse that they got across before the non existant boom barriers came down.  

A great day was had by all on Sunday for the Pink Train with quite a bit raised for Breast Cancer Research. As well as the VGR volunteers being decked out in pink clothes, some of the visitors also got into the swing of things with one bloke seen wearing a pink mankini and tutu boarding the train

Cheers, Russell
  themetptc Train Controller

Location: Ballarat
Regarding the Bendigo-Maldon road crossing, vision leaving Maldon (heading to Bendigo) is excellent on the Maldon side and good on the Muckleford side.  Heading to Maldon (from Bendigo) the vision on the Maldon side is excellent, while the vision on the Muckleford side is very poor as the angle of the road is away from that side of the track and there is reasonably thick bush before/alongside the track which does obscure view, so you do have to slow down and really look for trains, rather than an easy glance as in the other side.

I have and still am very surprised that this crossing never got lights (been using this road for over 15 years), considering it is the major road between Bendigo and Ballarat and towns inbetween.  Glad to read it will finally get the flashing lights it deserves.

Sim.
  alcoworldseries Deputy Commissioner

Location: Auburn
My earlier comments regarding tourist/hertitage operating in a modern enviroment still apply, far easier to comply with current operating "mandates" rather than fall foul of the regulator or finish up in coroners court. See what has happened to Zig Zag and the Red Rattler, for non compliance!
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Local MP is calling for State Government funds to be provided to VGR:
http://au.prime7.yahoo.com/v2/news/a/-/local/15215012/mp-calls-for-funding-for-historic-railway/

"Bendigo West MP Maree Edwards has called on the state government to urgently fund the historic Victorian Goldfields Railway at Maldon to maintain its future viability.

She said the VGR is operated by volunteers from the Castlemaine and Maldon Preservation Society and is one of the most historic steam rail operations in Victoria.

“The Maldon to Castlemaine railway is 18 kilometres of track and currently carries about 18,000 passengers a year, making it a premier tourist attraction in central Victoria," Ms Edwards said.

“The VGR needs funding to ensure the ongoing viability of the historic railway and to fund projects identified in the comprehensive business plan that has been developed.

"It is estimated that the VGR needs $1.5 million to help it retain its viability and to secure its future as a viable tourist operation.

“It is vital that they receive funding for some projects that are currently underway so that these projects can meet deadlines and be completed”.
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

Haven't we seen recently, relying on grants or major donations is not how a railway becomes/remains viable?  

Not a stab at the VGR.
  changer Station Master

Haven't we seen recently, relying on grants or major donations is not how a railway becomes/remains viable? Not a stab at the VGR.
"VBAndy"


Good point VB. Here we have a quandary....probably a combination of both.
  PE Chief Train Controller

Haven't we seen recently, relying on grants or major donations is not how a railway becomes/remains viable? Not a stab at the VGR.
"VBAndy"


Good point VB. Here we have a quandary....probably a combination of both.
"changer"


This may be of interest in light of the above discussion.

http://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11371496.htm
  D3621 Locomotive Driver

Location: Castlemaine Vic
This sunday (oct 21st) the VGR are running the Pink Train, which is a fundraiser for the Breast Cancer Research.All monies raised from morning & afternoon tea's along with a high tae will be donated to BCR. Bookings for these tea' s are a must.A few of the blokes will be very neatly dressed in pink, thanks to the ladies of the VGR.The following sunday (oct 28) will see the popular Mucklefest Heritage Festival at Muckleford Railway Station from 10am to 4pm. More info on both events available from the VGR website.Cheers, Russell
"Dd893"


I was wondering if Macedon was sent up with K190 or is it still at Newport?

Thanks
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner
  Dd893 Train Controller

Location: Castlemaine
D3621

Macedon is due to arrive early in 2013. I gather it will be on a low loader & not behind a loco.

Cheers, Russell
  SteamRanger Chief Train Controller

Location: Warrnambool

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