Date of last train Newlyn line?

 
  Frank Jones Station Staff

Location: Geelong, Victoria
I'm currently scanning and cataloguing a slide collection (a deceased estate) and, as is often the case, there are no captions on the slides and it's difficult to establish dates.

However, one box contains some photos of Y125 at Newlyn in late 1976. A Google search led me to this page from 2008:
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1171915.htm
in which Barrington Womble states that this was the actual last train, but no exact date is given.

Rather than reactivate an ancient thread, I'm starting this new one in the hope that Barrington or anyone else might know the exact date. Thanks in advance!

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  Highrailer Assistant Commissioner

Location: Somewhere out on the track......anywhere around the country
Maybe some old rail magazines from that era might help with dates ?
  randomnarwhal Locomotive Driver

Train Hobby's "Country Branch Lines Victoria Part 3" gives the date of closure as the 30th November 1976
  L-1172 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Working hard like a donkey at my wife's computer.
A photo of Y-125 with the last train at North Creswick Junction gives the date as Tuesday the 30th of November, 1976.

The photo is in the A.R.H.S. book Timber, Spuds and Spa - A History of the Railways in the Daylesford Area.

Regards,

Robert.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
When I was a kid I came across a stash of old Newsrail magazines and I have a vague memory of reading that they took old suburban swing door sets onto that line and burnt them.

Many decades later it strikes my adult mind that this would be a pretty weird thing to do. Is my foggy childhood memory correct? If it is, why did they do that rather than just scrapping them at a suburban location?
  Dd893 Train Controller

Location: Castlemaine
When I was a kid I came across a stash of old Newsrail magazines and I have a vague memory of reading that they took old suburban swing door sets onto that line and burnt them.

Many decades later it strikes my adult mind that this would be a pretty weird thing to do. Is my foggy childhood memory correct? If it is, why did they do that rather than just scrapping them at a suburban location?
Bogong
Bogong, you are correct.
One of my workmates at Thompson's Kelly & Lewis lived at Kingston opposite the station during the 70's and he told me that they would drop the carriages off, then light them up. Brought tears to his eyes back then he said.

If you visit Mark Bau's Victorian Railway's website and find Kingston you will find a photo to confirm this happened.

The last Foundry Manager I had at TKL started his Patternmaking Apprentice at Newport in the early/mid 60's, his first months on the job was to smash all the windows of the carriages, rip out all the metal parts which were squashed by a tractor and then assist putting a chain around the body which the tractor pulled the body off the frame.

Cheers, Murray
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
When I was a kid I came across a stash of old Newsrail magazines and I have a vague memory of reading that they took old suburban swing door sets onto that line and burnt them.

Many decades later it strikes my adult mind that this would be a pretty weird thing to do. Is my foggy childhood memory correct? If it is, why did they do that rather than just scrapping them at a suburban location?
Bogong

Actually they were Tait sliding door cars which were built later than the swing door dog box cars.

At the time nobody lamented the passing of the dirty, noisy and antiquated Tait cars when the you beaut, quiet and in Winter; heated Hitachi cars were coming into service.

Mike.
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

When I was a kid I came across a stash of old Newsrail magazines and I have a vague memory of reading that they took old suburban swing door sets onto that line and burnt them.

Many decades later it strikes my adult mind that this would be a pretty weird thing to do. Is my foggy childhood memory correct? If it is, why did they do that rather than just scrapping them at a suburban location?
Bogong
To be able to do it without upsetting the sensibilities of the city folk.

NSW was doing the same thing at Junee during the mid 70s.
  Highrailer Assistant Commissioner

Location: Somewhere out on the track......anywhere around the country
The burning of these carriages was stopped/banned after some environmental authority was alerted to it due to the toxic fumes coming from the burning seats.
  Frank Jones Station Staff

Location: Geelong, Victoria
A photo of Y-125 with the last train at North Creswick Junction gives the date as Tuesday the 30th of November, 1976.

The photo is in the A.R.H.S. book Timber, Spuds and Spa - A History of the Railways in the Daylesford Area.

Regards,

Robert.
L-1172
Thanks Robert, you've nailed it. Confirmed by a friend who showed me an article in Newsrail about 6 months later.

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