Maybe a J hauled the rail recovery train...?
On the rail recovery note, it seems that Victoria has pulled up alot more of its rail network then most of the main land states. What is the difference down there compared to say NSW where parts of the network have been closed or 'service suspended' and just simply been left to rot rather than been recovered/pulled up.
Sorry in advance for the slighty off topic question.
Money, but in different ways depending on when.
Certainly back in the 1950s/early 60s much of the rail was reused as there was still hundreds of miles of 60D rail in use that was or would be in need of replacement, particularly on curves or even 60C rail to be replaced. Also if you go around the state or just the metropolitan system you see 60D fences and whistle board posts everywhere.
The VR was big on recycling as it saved money to reuse the asset you already had.
Skip forward to the 1980s, that's a different story. Although the branchline network in Victoria was closed from the mid 1970s through to the mid 1980s all the track remained in situ until 1988, when within a period of 6 months all were tendered for Purchase, Salvage and Removal.
Why, the State was broke (think Greece). So what do you do when you find yourself in such a situation, liquefy assets.
The State got $300,000 for the Daylesford line between Carlsruhe and Bullarto and against popular belief the money was in the sleepers, not rail as in most cases a large Melbourne garden supply firm won the tenders.