Australian Vintage (1962) Railway Film

  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.
A very interesting, I think, film about rail in Australia in 1962.

Many aspects of history when it was in action.

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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Ahh! . . . Nostalgia indeed. Thanks for posting it, Graham H.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks Graham.

I have seen it before but I had lost track of the film over the years. Indeed, I was around when it was filmed and when the railway and its people were both dedicated and part of the community.

Memories, memories ............. and people wonder about my RP signature where I say:

'I miss the railway in which I spent most of my life and the Comrades that I met along the way but I don't miss the railway as it is today.'

A bit of license here and there but no need for the innumerable 'contrived catastrophes' featured in so many documentaries today which ensure that the public think of rail and railway people and both incompetent and idiotic.

Good to watch again what was; but sad to compare it with so much of the industry today.
  Sunbird Locomotive Fireman

The commentary on the film had a slight smell of government propaganda about it but it was still a great film showing a society so different from todays.

I loved it at 18.05 where they show those three boys of about 6 or 7 pretending to hold up the train. You see them walking in front of a stationary, but I assume running, locomotive brandishing toy guns.
Sure the scene is obviously posed but it shows how times have changed.

Todays woke mums would be hysterical if they saw their boys doing that. The toy gun would be enough even without the locomotive.
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
The other thing that really dated it was that our hero went everywhere in collar and tie. It's much the same when you see many of  the spectators in a lot of old cricket footage.
Anyone in a tie these days is either an accountant or a lawyer going to work, or someone going to a funeral.
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Dalby Qld
Anyone in a tie these days is either an accountant or a lawyer going to work, or someone going to a funeral.
Or someone from Melbourne trying to sell you something! Laughing
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
The railways have changed, but the system is far more automated and relies on less manpower. I could think of nothing worse than heaving timber sleepers into place when the Mt Isa line was first upgraded around 1961. No sun or hearing protection and little automation.

Trans-shipment of freight between rail gauges and freight without containerisation was so inefficient.

Interesting our man apparently travelled in an Economy sitter from Cairns to Melbourne, but travelled to Adelaide on the Overland in a Roomette. The old Trans Australian certainly rocked and rolled along compared to the better quality track of today and the 'Westland' from air-conditioning, would have been hell in Summer after travelling in relative air-con comfort across the Nullarbor.

Was great to see the 'Far West Express' at Nyngan which I never travelled on before the 'super buses' replaced it under the old PTC of NSW.

Construction of the Harris cars in Victoria was of interest and those cars are still...just, operating today... and what can be said about the brand new 'Aurora in operation, but the soup looked a bit thin in the dining car.


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