Little trains of Elmore

 
  2001 Moderator The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
I'll be passing through Elmore fairly soon on a trip to Echuca. I've heard some comments of a miniature railway in or near the township. I seem to recall having seen photos somewhere of people riding in a teensy Walker Railcar.

Can anyone give me the lowdown of this miniature rail set-up ?.

Is it a faithful scaled-down replica worthy of one's visit, or is the railway something that one might expect to find beside the bouncy-castle and face-painters of a Saturday Afternoon Kid's Gala ?

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  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
It is not moveable, so  is well established. It is a 7 1/4 inch railway. Not a lot of huge structures, the station and the workshop/shed being the only buildings.

Not sure if it is still open, and I expect it is still going BTW.

Prime aim is giving rides and is a privately owned railway.

Driven past a few times and have stopeed to walk the track.

Regards,
David Head
  2001 Moderator The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
Again, the memory is vague, but I may have read somewhere that the track stretches for one kilometre in the shape of a 'figure-8' ?
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
That is right. and it is next to the  railline to Echuca from Bendigo.

It uses the wood routed and bar rail wedged in method of track laying.

I have no contact details I'm afraid.

Regards,
David Head
  HardWorkingMan Chief Commissioner

Location: Echuca
No contact details either but it is a minature railway in the way of Box Hill, Moorabbin etc.  It doesn't seem to have a theme like Diamond Creek seems to (mainly VR) but one where members bring something to run.  I think it may be open one or more Sunday a month.

It is easy to find being wedged between the Echuca Line and the main highway right beside the HV Mackay Museum and public toilets so there is no turning down back streets to find them.

I have only seen members there once when they were preparing for a inter-club run up the road in Echuca. (where there is a 5 and 7.25 track in the  steam rally grounds but I don't know if any permanent club presence)
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
From a business card for the railway:

Barry Mitchell
Elmore Miniature Railway
Ph: 5432 6434

The railway is still running. I only passed it a couple of months ago and the Walker Railcar was doing the run.  Smile
  flathog Chief Commissioner

Location: Central West, NSW
They are great trains

The guy who made the railway himself and runs it himself owns a shop not to far from the railway.

His steamer is in the window of the shop and he uses it every once and a while.
  2001 Moderator The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
How faithful to authenticity is the rollingstock at this place ?
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
His steamer is in the window of the shop and he uses it every once and a while.
"flathog"


That would be the LMS Black 5. It is on the business card I have.
  SAR621 Chief Commissioner

The black five featured in an AME some time ago, it looked damn near close to rivet detail. Not as good as those late C38's, but VERY nice all the same   Laughing
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
He paid a decent amount for it, so I guess its a good thing the detail level is very high.  Smile
  SmileyPete Beginner

Location: Bendigo
The Elmore miniture railway runs every weekend and most days during the school holidays.
Barry does an excellent job at contruction and maintainence. His locos are magnificent, with alot of attention to detail.

Yes, it is a long figure 8 track with 4 bridges and a couple of passing loops.
I work in Elmore at the primary school, Barry allows me to run my gangers trolly on the track any time. So I'll often unwind at the end of the day by doing a few laps.

The kids at the school think the railway is pretty cool and will book it out for birthday parties, etc.

In short, it's a great setup and Barry is always more that happy to chat to fellow genuie enthusiast.

Cheers, Pete
  2001 Moderator The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
Hello Pete !

Thanks for the info there. Can you describe what motive power is on the railway?

I've only ever seen one tiny photo of a Walker.
  SmileyPete Beginner

Location: Bendigo
I've dug up a few old photos (I really need to take some new ones as the garden has really taken off - it looks heaps better!)
Check out my gallery...http://gallery.railpage.com.au/modules.php?set_albumName=SmileyPete&name=gallery&include=view_album.php

The motive power is usually the Walker or a newer X class (I think - don't have any photos yet). Drive train in the Walker is (I think) a 11hp Honda, driving through a rover ride on mower transmission to chain drive. Works really well.

My trollies are either battery, arm or leg powered and take one person at a time, usually me.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
The railway got a small mention on the Bendigo news about 2 nights ago about the daily school holiday services. It would appear he has a little Y-class now.
  Katie Caboose Station Master

Location: near Rosstown railway- long wait between trains
I tried the link posted here, but it must be pretty out of date, no luck.
so can anybody post some more photos please?
(I'll never be able to get there, but I'm a fan of the Daylesford tourist railway and therefore would love to see a little bitty walker railcar!)
  ShepMo Train Controller

Location: Somewhere in the Hunter
Barry's motive power includes his Black 5, the Y class and the walker. The Y and walker are both 9hp motors running through Cox ride-on mower friction drives.
I have had the honour of driving both of them and they rate as some of my favorite trains to drive.
Also another person that runs there (Rex) has a battery-electric tram that he runs occasionally.
  Brock_05 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Swinging Spanners under Trucks
I got some pics from a couple of weeks ago.

Down the bottom here http://www.brock05.fotopic.net/c1376207_37.html and also here http://www.brock05.fotopic.net/c1376207_73.html

Hope this helps.

Stephen
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
The railway once again ran daily services during the school holidays. I past by one day during the second week and services were alternated between Y101 and the walker. Will have to find out when the black 5 is running next.  Smile
  ShepMo Train Controller

Location: Somewhere in the Hunter
The black 5 had problems with a cylinder last time I was down (early school holidays), don't know if Barry has managed to fix it yet, as he had to do some work on the Y class and the new carriage sheds first.
  Robuster Chief Train Controller

Location: Werribee
Evening All,

Sorry to drag up an old thread!

I have added a "Drivers Eye View" of Elmore which is a clockwise lap of the railway that we filmed a couple of months ago.

Hope you enjoy!





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

Rob
  Edith Chief Commissioner

Location: Line 1 from Porte de Vincennes bound for Bastille station
From a business card for the railway:

Barry Mitchell
Elmore Miniature Railway
Ph: 5432 6434

The railway is still running. I only passed it a couple of months ago and the Walker Railcar was doing the run.  Smile
"K160"


All details are still correct.  I visited Barry on the weekend and rode on his Walker and Y class.  I saw his Black 5 (UK steamer) in his workshop window (down the side street).  He said that he would have it out in about a week running a triple header of Black 5s.  He is working on another Walker and should have that running in the future.


He is running the railway every Saturday and Sunday, plus every day in the school holidays.  It is better to phone ahead as he does not go out in the rain.  hours are usually 10:30-16:00.  We came up on the Vlo and stayed in local pub/motel.  It is a very quiet town, but not without its charm - pubs, river, antique shops.  Good stop on the way to/from Echuca or a day trip from Bendigo.
  SmileyPete Beginner

Location: Bendigo
That is right. and it is next to the  railline to Echuca from Bendigo.

It uses the wood routed and bar rail wedged in method of track laying.

I have no contact details I'm afraid.

Regards,
David Head
dthead
We now have an active Facebook page for the latest details of what's going on as well as mobile number and email.
http://www.facebook.com/elmoreminirail/
0420 526 775
elmoreminirail@gmail.com

Regards, Peter Willsher
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
I took a ride there about 8 years ago when you had a deal 'Pay for 2 rides get the third one free' Can I come back and get my third free ride? Btw, my 9 year old self was disappointed about their being no Steam on that day. A good memory
  HardWorkingMan Chief Commissioner

Location: Echuca
Barry passed away in 2017 but the railway is still running with his wife and a team of volunteers in charge of operations.  They have an active Facebook page announcing their running dates and have done som charity days in recent times.  Barry was also a member of the Echuca and District Historic Vehicle Club and some of his vehicles have been taken over by his son.

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