Hello YM -Mundrbilla and others ,
Thanks for the correction re Batman , YM , I have amended my original posting to reflect your advice. My late father worked for the Commonwealth Clothing Factory for a while just after WW2 when he was still living at home in Carlton .
The VR Clothing Depot at Flinders St had a good supply of sizes , so getting a uniform to fit was not a major problem , then again the VR in the 1970s had approximately 30,000 employees , so a variety of sizes were logically required .
Perhaps CR , being a lot smaller , just did not get the variety of sizes the VR got , hence the problem . Alternatively the application form may be the problem. My initial form required a lot of measurements , and subsequent issues were very close matches , even though subsequent forms were quite minimal in detail. The other advantage for me was the Clothing Depot was easily accessible so a swap could be done coming home from work , and my record was updated on the spot. ( I once read in a history book that the essence of British India was efficient record keeping , and a payroll system that delivered every pay day , something that does not happen in the backwaters of modern , independent India .)
So getting back to the topic of railway bikes, did the Dynon foreman also have a back up bike ?
When I was in South Africa in 1976 , train chasing , a lot of diesel hauled trains had a push bike lashed onto the running plate . This allowed the fireman to cycle down to the rear of the train to speak to the Guard if required . I understood these bikes to be SAR - SAS owned .
And if it is relevant I used to cycle to work from Noble Park to Spring Vale , and when I worked at Flinders St one of my fellow signalman used to bring his new black English Raleigh to work . Bloody thing weighed a ton compared to my pre WW2 racer that was my Uncle Len's bike , now long gone. I currently use a Radius Strata straight handlebar, middle weight road bike,nothing flash , but comfortable and gets from A to B fine.
By the way this year is the 200th Anniversay of the bicycle . How many inventions are still in daily use that are that old ?
Happy cycling , best wishes and regards to all, Radioman