Aus Steam '88, possible to do again?

 
  2502 Station Staff

Is there any chance of something like this happening again

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  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Reflections on 20 years ago: Aus Steam '88

http://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11344763.htm

I think it would nigh on impossible today. But enough perople, money thrown at a suitable occasion, who knows......

Regards,
David Head
  2502 Station Staff

I wasn't born then and would do anything to see something like that, all of the stories I have heard
  MC3801 Train Controller

It would be awesome if it could happen again.
  2502 Station Staff

It is going to be my life goal to make something like that happen again
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Not a cat in hell's chance of anything like it happening in Victoria these days.
  2502 Station Staff

But why
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting for the sky to fall, the seas to rise... and seeing a train on the SSFL!
It is going to be my life goal to make something like that happen again
2502

What was significant about 1988 ?

What will be significant about 2088 ??

You have a few years work ahead of you Wink
  Flygon Train Controller

Location: Australia
What was significant about 1988 ?

What will be significant about 2088 ??

You have a few years work ahead of you Wink
cootanee
Why not make it significant in 2013, it's another quarter... oh.

Well, always hopes for 2038! What with that Y2K38 bug, the only thing that'll still keep working is some good ol' elbow grease and a good hand to drive by!

Seriously, though, it would make perfect sense to celebrate quarter of a millennium.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Wow, 5 years is a long time on the internet. Forgot I started that thread.

It would be great if an event like it could be staged again in the future (IMO something should have happened in 2001 for the Federation Centenary or even the 150th Anniversary of steam railways in Australia in 2004). Unfortunately I can't see any level of Government becoming involved as they did in 1988 (The Victorian Government funded the bill to get Flying Scotsman out here, while proceeds from all the trips it ran in Australia covered the return to the UK).

Be interesting to see if anything like it happens in the future.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
But why
"2502"

Because it would need a great deal of official (i.e. departmental ) help, and that just doesn't happen in Victoria now. There is one head honcho in PT who is on record as saying that if he had his way there'd be no heritage trains on his tracks in Victoria.
  2502 Station Staff

Who said it needed to happen in Victoria
  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting for the sky to fall, the seas to rise... and seeing a train on the SSFL!
Who said it needed to happen in Victoria
2502

You could time it with the opening of the HSR Wink
  2502 Station Staff

Well with so many locomotives now being restored, anything is possible
  MC3801 Train Controller

There are a number of steam locomotives that are in operation in New South Wales and Victoria.
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
Who said it needed to happen in Victoria
2502

Nobody did. However there is one big reason why Victoria would be a good option, in fact it is pretty much the same reason AusSteam '88 was staged in Victoria:

Multiple gauges: There are decent stretches of railway where BG and SG run parallel to each other. Even though the BG is gone North of Seymour, the section South of Seymour still allows parallel runs with steam on both gauges. Since AusSteam the Adelaide SG project saw a parallel line built on the Geelong line, so it gives another opportunity. Having both gauges allows the greater concentration of mainline steam in the country to attend.
  JGS Moderator Well. We'll see about THAT!

Location: Junee NSW
Nope. No chance at all.

Cheers,
Matt
  MC3801 Train Controller

I'd say Victoria is probably the best state to have the event as both Standard Gauge and Broad Gauge tracks run through this state.
  bayside1 Station Master

It is important to remember that Aus Steam 88, we had the State Transport Authority in Victoria that was a least rail focused.

Today you would have go through Vline/ARTC/Victrack, DOT and PTV and the list goes for anything like this to happen again.
  G41 Chief Commissioner

Location: Footplate of any K class
Though it would be nice to see, I agree in saying that there is no chance in hell!
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
But which overseas celebrity loco would we try and get?
  MC3801 Train Controller

But which overseas celebrity loco would we try and get?
Donald
Maybe 4468 Mallard from the UK. Mallard was originally to visit Australia for the Bicentennial Year. Or maybe the Flying Scotsman or 60163 Tornado from the UK.
  Bullucked Assistant Commissioner

Nobody did. However there is one big reason why Victoria would be a good option, in fact it is pretty much the same reason AusSteam '88 was staged in Victoria:

Multiple gauges: There are decent stretches of railway where BG and SG run parallel to each other. Even though the BG is gone North of Seymour, the section South of Seymour still allows parallel runs with steam on both gauges. Since AusSteam the Adelaide SG project saw a parallel line built on the Geelong line, so it gives another opportunity. Having both gauges allows the greater concentration of mainline steam in the country to attend.
K160
On this subject, is there anyone knowledgeable out there who knows how the safeworking was arranged when there were parallel trains on the broad gauge heading towards Seymour? I've often wandered about this. The tracks are double line block, not ATC like the line to Geelong.
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

Foam, foam everywhere.
  MC3801 Train Controller

Does anyone know where the Standard Gauge track in Victoria terminates?

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