Dutton Bay Tramway Special Workings

 
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

The DBT is scheduled to run its last train on December 28, when the contract for the gypsum haulage is terminated.  As that date approaches there have been some special operations on the tramway.

About a month ago, the Dutton Bay Tramway Preservation Society arranged for a passenger car to be attached to various trains throughout a day. An old passenger car was retrieved from storage, cleaned a little, and did the honours. Although the DBT runs a regular mixed train, seeing a gypsum train running as a mixed is most unusual.





With a little more than a week to closure, the Light Railways Research Society of Australia paid a visit, and ran a special passenger train. Although only one car in length, it was another unusual sight, particularly when it headed into the gypsum siding at Kelvin in order for the mixed and mail trains to cross. Of course the LRRSA were most interested in running an ancient diesel on this train, one normally rostered only on work trains. The gunzels were out in force with their cameras...





On the final day the DBTPS have arranged to charter a train, which when it returns from Anunaka will be the last train on the line. I am sure there will be two or three photos posted of that sad event.

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  GT46C-ACe Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gold Coast QLD
What is to be the fate of the railway (layout)?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

The layout will be dismantled and stored while I work on an On30 layout. If for some reason that project fails I can then always revert to the DBT. However, assuming all goes well then perhaps in a year's time I might consider some more permanent disposal of the DBT.
  TheFish Chief Train Controller

Location: Pyongyang
A sad day.  I have learnt a lot about modelling from your very informative website.  What is your new prototype?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I'm building a layout based on the Stannary Hills Tramway, and the connecting Irvinebank Tramway, up in Queensland's Atherton Tableland. They are both tramways supporting tin mining, and for some years they were the only sensible way in and out of these towns. The layout will be modelled as it was in about 1910, when the mines and both tramways were busy.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Rats, I missed that ticket offer. I must have words with the Dutton Bay Tramway Preservation Society - but  I'm glad to see it will not be broken up too much.  I enjoyed two visits, John is a very good host. Wished I could have owrmed my way for one more visit.  It is as good as any photo you may have seen.

Now  John, writ eme in to the tender list if it needs a new home !! Smile

Seriously,  have fun with the new layout John.

Regards,
David Head
  Lambing Flat Chief Train Controller

Location: My preference....... Central West NSW, circa 1955....
The layout will be dismantled and stored while I work on an On30 layout. If for some reason that project fails I can then always revert to the DBT. However, assuming all goes well then perhaps in a year's time I might consider some more permanent disposal of the DBT.
"duttonbay"


Nooooo!!!!

The next meeting of the 'Convince John's Wife To Let Him Have Another Shed' sub-committee of the Dutton Bay Tramway Preservation Society will meet... Wink
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The layout will be dismantled and stored while I work on an On30 layout. If for some reason that project fails I can then always revert to the DBT. However, assuming all goes well then perhaps in a year's time I might consider some more permanent disposal of the DBT.
"duttonbay"


Nooooo!!!!

The next meeting of the 'Convince John's Wife To Let Him Have Another Shed' sub-committee of the Dutton Bay Tramway Preservation Society will meet... Wink
"Lambing Flat"



James, I'm in too,  I can pass by  friday 7th through Sydney to discuss tatics for the DBPS  ( joking John I would never conspire.....) then I can gather a posse to meet'N-greet John.....   Or we could all put in a dollar or two for the Stannery Hill shed extension.....

Cheers,
David
  mynameismike Deputy Commissioner

Location: /dev/adelaide/magill
A sad day.  I have learnt a lot about modelling from your very informative website.  What is your new prototype?
"TheFish"


Very Sad.

I remember the DBT from an expo in Adelaide many years ago.  

Is there any chance that we may see a Coffeepot on the new layout?
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
James & other DBPS members, I see the poster often known  as Duttonbay had indeed been on site and must have read this thread. Now have we scared him off, or has his railway team hired a legal team to stop the DBPS continue the talk  Smile

Cheers,
David Head

Smile
  shuggie Station Master

Is there such a thing as a model railway museum? I envision famous model railways having all, or parts, shipped to one location and preserved in a museum-like setting, once the owner has retired. I thought the Model Railroader offices in the USA would be one such ideal location, at least for the North American crowd. Is there such a place in Australia, or for that matter, anywhere in the world? To see bits of the Virginian and Ohio, or the Gorre and Defetid, or Dutton Bay would be a great place to visit. For me, at least. Any thoughts?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I'm here, chuckling as I read what has been written.

It has been a busy couple of days, preparing for the final day. Crowd control barriers are in place, the police have been notified, buildings given a lick of paint. All is ready for the last day of operation, tomorrow.

In answer to a couple of questions, the Coffee Pot is a 3'6" gauge prototype which ran in South Australia, and the Stannary Hills is a Far North Queensland 2' gauge line. I have no plans to run a steam rail motor on the Stannary Hills Mining and Tramway Company.

There is a model railway museum (or at least a museum with layouts) in the US, perhaps more than one. I know that both Dolly Varden and Muskrat Ramble have been shipped to the US to become museum exhibits.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
There are only a few bits and pieces and photos and slides left of the late John Allen's "Gorre and Daphetid Railroad" as the house burned down above it and what the fire did not destroy, the rest was destroyed trying to save it. Sections were cut out that were still salvagble but collapsed once they tried to move them.

Google Gorre and Daphetid and you can see a lot more of it. This is my favourite model railroad and is well worth the time checking those websites!

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