Steamrail Victoria Double R's to Castlemain & Bendigo 7 September

 
  drgazgiz Station Staff

Short clip of the train as it powered up the grade out of Kyneton towards Malmsbury (HD).



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9hkJZ94Vzk

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  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
At Castlemaine, the fans flock to admire the show put on by R761-R707 as they 'cool their heels' before departing for Bendigo :


R761 showing off it's front end

R707 pays tribute to the late C.W. Holl whom I was told was a 'Big Wheel' Bendigo driver held in high regard

R761-R707 getting 'fired up' on departure out of Castlemaine Station


R761-R707 getting under way out of Castlemaine Station


  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
After arriving into Bendigo, R761-R707 have cut off their train in order to proceed to the yards/roundhouse for turning in readiness for the trip back to Melbourne :






  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
R707 pays tribute to the late C.W. Holl whom I was told was a 'Big Wheel' Bendigo driver held in high regard

Michelle12
Colin Holl was the #1 driver at Bendigo. He is best remembered for his record run between Bendigo and Melbourne driving R761 in the 1980's (1986 I think it was). He was also the senior driver for the CMR/VGR when the commenced operations in 1986 and held this role until he retired in 1990. The chalking on the smokebox door of R707 is a fitting tribute to Col.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
On their way into Bendigo, R761-R707 have just passed through the Big Hill tunnel and about to pass under Phillis St bridge nearing Kangaroo Flat on the outskirts of Bendigo :


  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
While at Bendigo, we managed to get R761 and R707 being turned at the Bendigo Roundhouse in readiness for their trip back to Melbourne :




  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
On the return journey to Melbourne, R707 is now leading R761 with the 8096 Steamrail train and was caught at the following locations to finish off what was a fantastic day.
Many thanks to the friendly Steamrail drivers and everyone else involved in putting this great day together.

Approaching Phillis St bridge as the train leaves Kangaroo Flat and about to tackle the 'Big Hill' tunnel

Nearing Harcourt as it approaches Gaaschs Rd bridge on the way to Castlemaine

Waiting to depart Castlemaine

Putting on one hell of a show as it works it's way toward Elphinstone tunnel



Darkness now upon us as the train approaches Forest Rd bridge(near Malmsbury) after waiting at Taradale Loop to cross V Line trains

Thundering through Diggers Rest station
  steamfreak711 Locomotive Driver

Wow, some fantastic photos and video.  Thanks!  It was a really great day.  A couple of pics from our travels:
Elphinstone Tunnel:





On the branch...


Heading out of Muckleford


Maldon home signal


Muckleford on the Up


The R's head back from Bendigo


The two double-headers leave Castlemaine




Nice R's
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
I managed to stuff up the majority of my shots (and this didn't combine well with the fact that we had no idea where we were going, where any decent photo spots were, or what we were doing), but I managed to get at least three I was happy with!

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Some video from my phone:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n5FaZES0a58

and



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dcfh1Oi5tw
  steamfreak711 Locomotive Driver

A short summary of my video for the day:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePHz_zB50sM
  Piston Train Controller

A short summary of my video for the day:


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ePHz_zB50sM
steamfreak711
Very nice footage. You know how to put a video together.

I think the D3 has a wheez, maybe asthma
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
I think you'll find it's J515. It's been wheezing for a couple of years now.
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
I think you'll find it's J515. It's been wheezing for a couple of years now.
Barrington Womble
Asthma I believe. The puffers don't work anymore.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
I managed to stuff up the majority of my shots (and this didn't combine well with the fact that we had no idea where we were going, where any decent photo spots were, or what we were doing), but I managed to get at least three I was happy with!

[img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7315/9705896915_c613cf5563_n.jpg[/img]


[img]http://farm6.staticflickr.com/5490/9705897489_c0c330cf0e_n.jpg[/img]


[img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3762/9709135250_fdb6617f2a_n.jpg[/img]
Raichase
You should be very happy with the second one especially.
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Asthma I believe. The puffers don't work anymore.
LowndesJ515
Yep. It's gone from having a nice bark to a sickly cough.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Methinks it's time for the pistons and valves to come out. It should have happened years ago - no fault of VGR that it didn't.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Sorry it took so long to publish this.  Have been busy.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MaeMRHJ1HnA

Regards
Brian
  Henry Herby

Location: Victoria
Was a great day out... And great photos/video from everyone!
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Had some technical issues preventing me from uploading my shots earlier, but after a bit of delay, here we go...
Blasting through Carlsrue
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The down side of Malmsbury
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Exiting the Elphinstone Tunnel on the down
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Resting at Castlemaine platform 2
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I then followed the VGR along the Branch...
Arriving at Muckleford with D3 639 at the front, with J515
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Departing from Muckleford
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D3 639 being turned on the Maldon turntable
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J515 making it's way from Maldon platform to the turntable
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  hellraiser Chief Train Controller

Location: Newcastle, NSW
Here is some video my daughter took when she ventured down to Melbourne on her own for the event.



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8Eh0aJbbvg&feature=c4-overview&list=UU3ESsc9x6T2EVcoNKSLgjBg



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g5muY5rNLRI

enjoy
Richard
  D3639 #TeamRog

Location: Melbourne, Vic
While everyone followed the R's up to Bendigo and Castlemaine. I chose to follow the VGR for the day only a few photos from the day.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/77552346@N08/sets/72157636146013406/

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