G42 to Gembrook - Saturday 30 June 2012

 
  CAP_gauge Junior Train Controller


G42 rarely visits Gembrook, but on Saturday 30 June 2012 it will do so.
This is to mark the fiftieth anniversary of the last train to Beech Forest which occurred on Saturday 30 June 1962, and was also run by G42.

For the occasion the consist of the train will be as close as possible to that used in 1962 - which was two NC vans, two NU vans, about five canopied NQR trucks, and one open-topped NQR truck. The train will bear a headboard similar to that used in 1962, and it is hoped to paint the buffer beams of the loco red - just for this occasion and as they were in 1962. It is also hoped to fit a headlight as in 1962.

Normal fares and booking arrangements apply for this trip, but parties can book an NQR truck if they wish! Those who are members of PBPS can use their Members Travel Vouchers on this trip.

Regards,

Frank

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  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Is the 'bucket' funnel to be fitted as well?
I presume it still exists?
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
When you say "Normal fares and booking arrangements apply for this trip", does this mean you just pay for a normal fare to Gembrook? Does this replace the regular train? I can't find anything on the Puffing Billy website about this trip.

Also, will there be photo stops on this trip?
  CAP_gauge Junior Train Controller

When you say "Normal fares and booking arrangements apply for this trip", does this mean you just pay for a normal fare to Gembrook? Does this replace the regular train? I can't find anything on the Puffing Billy website about this trip.

Also, will there be photo stops on this trip?
"VRfan"


This IS the normal Gembrook train with a special consist for the day. You pay for it as you would a normal Gembrook train.

As this is the normal train running to the normal schedule, no promises can be made about photo stops. 

Re the bucket funnel. I do not know if it still exists but I doubt that it would practical to change it for one trip. (In any case VR bucket funnels are an abomination, G42 should be spared that indignity!)

Regards,

Frank
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
IMHO pity it isn't being run as a special trip with photo stops, etc... (similar to the "Fielder Flyer" a few years ago) I think that would be far more appealing to railfans, especially as it's the sort of day that you can't have on the mainline anymore. The Fielder Flyer trip was a great day out and I think really captured the spirit of a classic railfan tour.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
What time is the train departing Belgrave?

Regards
Brian
  CAP_gauge Junior Train Controller

IMHO pity it isn't being run as a special trip with photo stops, etc... (similar to the "Fielder Flyer" a few years ago) I think that would be far more appealing to railfans, especially as it's the sort of day that you can't have on the mainline anymore. The Fielder Flyer trip was a great day out and I think really captured the spirit of a classic railfan tour.
"VRfan"


I totally agree.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

What time is the train departing Belgrave?

Given it's the normal Gembrook service, just running with a different consist and loco, the train departs Belgrave at the mornal time - 11.10am, 1 hour 45 minutes at Gembrook, and back to Belgrave at 4:30pm

  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
IMHO pity it isn't being run as a special trip with photo stops, etc... (similar to the "Fielder Flyer" a few years ago) I think that would be far more appealing to railfans, especially as it's the sort of day that you can't have on the mainline anymore. The Fielder Flyer trip was a great day out and I think really captured the spirit of a classic railfan tour.
"VRfan"


I suspect it's more related to the fact the train is still the regular service. The special stops would be fine for any railfans but some of the Mum's & Dad's with young kids on board who thought they were just catching the normal trip might be getting peeved with all the farting around. Esp when toddlers wanted to know how long till the swings, the ice-creams, the toilets, etc.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p

I suspect it's more related to the fact the train is still the regular service. The special stops would be fine for any railfans but some of the Mum's & Dad's with young kids on board who thought they were just catching the normal trip might be getting peeved with all the farting around. Esp when toddlers wanted to know how long till the swings, the ice-creams, the toilets, etc.
"Ballast_Plough"


Which is why I said it would have been better to run it as a special trip. They've done it in the past. ie: the special leaves early and heads out to Gembrook ahead of the normal train.

If they are doing this because the mixed had nobody on it last year, I think that was partly because their marketing was almost non-existent. The only reason I found out about it was because someone mentioned it on here. Even this one you would think they would mention under special trains and events, but there's nothing there Confused

This is a special event where the date is known well in advance. A small A5 size brochure could be sent out to other organisations such as Steamrail and the ARHS for inclusion in their mailout. I'm sure that would get bums on seats.

Look at the VGR. It's a much smaller organisation, but when they run something like Steam on Show there is a big notice on their site and they seem to effectively get the word out to railfans that it's on.
  Taitset Chief Commissioner

Location: Eltham, (former) vintage safeworking capital of Melbourne
Look at the VGR. It's a much smaller organisation, but when they run something like Steam on Show there is a big notice on their site and they seem to effectively get the word out to railfans that it's on.
"VRfan"

Not to mention that people travel a lot further to go to VGR!

The Fielder Flyer was one of the most enjoyable trips I've ever been on, with some fantastic photo opportunities and it would be great to see a similar trip run again. As James mentioned, now that such things are not possible on the mainline a lot more people are likely to be attracted to a trip with photostops on a TR.

That said, it will be great to see the loco decorated as it was in '62 and good to see that the anniversary has not gone unnoticed. Unfortunately I will be overseas but otherwise I would certainly be there!
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Sounds like an interesting event. IIRC the garratt had no pilots when it ran the last trip, so I would assume this is on the cards as well?
  farmerrex Beginner

Normal fares shall apply to this trip.

Departure from Belgrave is at 11.10am, from Lakeside 12.20pm, arrive Gembrook 1pm.

The up working is: depart Gembrook 2.45pm, arrive Lakeside 3.20pm, depart Lakeside 3.40pm, arrive Belgrave 4.30pm.

Please note the following:
- parking at Belgrave is difficult. Allow 30 minutes to find a park and walk to the low level (PB) station, and allow 30 minutes at Belgrave to purchase tickets.
- parking at Lakeside is possible, but the Shire of Cardinia charge parking fees (coins required).
- the pub at Gembrook is closed, there is a cake shop and bakery there. Light refreshments are available at Belgrave, Menzies Creek, Lakeside and Gembrook staions.
- it may be possible to board the train at either Menzies Creek or Emerald, but this approach may be a problem if the train is full. The Gembrook set normally does not take 'groups' from Belgrave to Menzies Creek, so passengers boarding at Belgrave normally travel through to Lakeside or Gembrook.  
- wear warm clothes and have wet weather gear handy.
 

  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
There's actually a flyer online....

http://www.puffingbilly.com.au/media/uploads/pdf/The_Last_Beechy.pdf

I stumbled across it by accident after clicking on the PBPS section and then a link titled "The Last Beechy". I thought it was just going to be a page about the closure of the line in 1962.

You would think if the aim is to get bums on seats, you would put a link for a special event in 2012 in the section titled "Events and Special Trains" that's accessible directly from the front page? (as this is where people will look first, and most likely give up if they can't find it)

Unfortunately it looks like the appearance of the consist will be compromised by the addition of the regular Gembrook cars on the rear, somewhat defeating the purpose of trying to replicate the 1962 train when there's an extra 7 cars on the back. Although with that being said it will be a heavier load for the G.

While I'm sure it would be a great day out (as any trip is on Puffing Billy), I think it's unfortunately a lost opportunity to run something truly memorable.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Lol, today it's in the events section. Maybe the person who does the PBR website does read these forums.... Smile
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
This event is only a fews days away now. Has G42 recieved the red headstocks yet?
  iansvr Assistant Commissioner

No, 42 will run as is.

but i only work here so what would i know.
  alcoworldseries Deputy Commissioner

Location: Auburn
In which case one of the reasons it continues to run don't sell your self short or bow to sh1t slingers here




No, 42 will run as is.

but i only work here so what would i know.
"iansvr"
  D3639 #TeamRog

Location: Melbourne, Vic
Will be up there today following the G42
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
My photos from the down trip today Smile
http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorjbeam/7470606056/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/doctorjbeam/7470607488/

There's a few more on my Flickr page.

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Will be up there today following the G42
"D3639"


Nicholas and I rode the train in both directions.  For me it was the first time I had been down past Lakeside on the train and for Nick it was indeed the first time he had been on Puffing Billy at all.

A great day.  A little cold toward the end on reaching Belgrave but it is winter afterall.

Regards
Brian
  S 301 Chief Commissioner

Location: in front of the computer
Was very nice to see G42 with the red buffer beam and headboard Smile

Was at the museum at Menzies Creek, however snapped some photos at Belgrave then at Menzies Creek. Smile Will put some up when I get them cleaned up Smile

Zec
  D3639 #TeamRog

Location: Melbourne, Vic
Had a great day up at Puffing billy today folllowing G42. The sound was outstanding at Emerald bank and G42 look great going across Monbulk trestle bridge. On the return to Belgreve we went to milepost 33 just out of Lakeside the sound was great coming around the bend. The Wright trestle bridge had great sound with a very nice wheel slip on the level crossing. Thanks to Puffing Billy for holding a great event. Photos and some video will come later as well.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

It was a most enjoyable day, despite the cold weather (particularly on the return trip). Nice to see the red bufferbeam. According to one of the blokes in my party (who travelled on the train 50 years ago) he was one of only three - and one of those three might have been a motorcader too! 

Here's a selection of my photos. As I paid my money I was restricted to photos from the train, or at stations.






















  iansvr Assistant Commissioner



Quess i was wrong about the buffer beams being painted red ................................................ but there is a story behind that being done.

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