1553 Locomotive Fireman

I see in some of your earlier trackwork photos old rail line pushed to the side of the track formation near Bullarto, is this old 60lb rail where it has been replaced by 75lb rail?  Is it being used as ballast retainer or is it going to be recycled. I am also curious as to who and when this section of line was upgraded to 75lb, was it done by the VR/VLine or was it a DSCR initiative?

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  PE Chief Train Controller

I see in some of your earlier trackwork photos old rail line pushed to the side of the track formation near Bullarto, is this old 60lb rail where it has been replaced by 75lb rail?  Is it being used as ballast retainer or is it going to be recycled. I am also curious as to who and when this section of line was upgraded to 75lb, was it done by the VR/VLine or was it a DSCR initiative?
1553
The track in the photo was replaced by DSCR as part of the current project. Some of the 60D rail which has been replaced will be used in relaying No2 road at Bullarto, some in the future planned extension of the rolling stock shed and into stock as spare for the sections of track that will remain D. Some has also been cascaded to Puffing Billy for use in the museum as it remains a VicTrack asset.


This continues the work that the VR undertook in 1952 when they replaced many of the 60D curves between Daylesford and Bullarto with either 75lb or 60AS rail.
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

Made a quick visit to DSCR today, first time I've seen a train operate along the line.

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I'll have to go back on a nicer day for a ride!
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Made a quick visit to DSCR today, first time I've seen a train operate along the line.

I'll have to go back on a nicer day for a ride!
VBAndy

Nice to see someone else's shots of the railway. Not the coldest day we've had, but the rain certainly made it miserable.
  Edith Chief Commissioner

Location: Line 1 from Porte de Vincennes bound for Bastille station
Made a quick visit to DSCR today, first time I've seen a train operate along the line.

I'll have to go back on a nicer day for a ride!
VBAndy
Any day riding in a DERM or a Walker is a good day !
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
Hi all,

Photos of the ballast trains are now on my Flickr
VRfan
Thanks for sharing - great film of the Y class. Sounded wonderful. The Y is a G8 model with a 567 engine?
  DounutCereal Chief Train Controller

Location: Who knows.
Thanks for sharing - great film of the Y class. Sounded wonderful. The Y is a G8 model with a 567 engine?
crisfitz
G6 actually. Little 6-567C in some of them but Y159 has a 6-645E.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
The Walkers and the DERM are really great examples in preservation/operation.  I wonder if they get many TV or film productions using them?  It's really easy to imagine you are back in the fifties on a branch line somewhere when you are riding along in a Walker - it's been years since I've ridden on the DSCR but the experience is really unique.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
That's one of the main aims of the DSCR. ie: to provide as close as possible to an authentic branch line experience using the rolling stock (ie: Railmotors) that performed this task for most of the 20th century. ie: it's more than just another train ride, it's a trip back in time.
  639 Chief Commissioner

Been a bit of a while since we have had an update.
32RM's restoration has progressed at a great pace recently with work focusing on the van.

The guards van has had the entire end wall rebuilt along with other frame work.


The original door frames have been repaired and refitted

With the repairs to the frame complete, the inside has been clad with new Masonite paneling.



All that remains now is the fitting of the curved aluminum ceiling panels, luggage racks, guards desk, seat etc and the van will be complete.  Then its on to the external paneling and power unit.

Also the drivers cabs for 53RM have been manufactured and installed.
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

Yesterday (14/9/13) DSCR ran a ballast train through the Bullarto-Musk section, a few gunzels took advantage of the tip off posted on facebook earlier in the week, myself included.

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Shunting and loading at Bullarto in the morning.

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Dropping ballast near Musk

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Reloading after the first drops

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Departing Bullarto

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Through the forest en route to Musk

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Passing Wallaby Creek B&B

Thanks to DSCR and the friendly volunteers.
  639 Chief Commissioner

Been a while since we have had an update...

Over the last week or so the entire line from Musk to Bullarto has been tamped and partly regulated.

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As well as the track work side of the project, a new timber signal is being manufactured for Bullarto,  its almost ready for placement at Bullarto.  We are just waiting on the new finial (the original was stolen a couple of years back) and the re-enameled semaphore arm.  

Also the construction of several buildings at Bullarto has commenced, with the gangshed, lamproom, vanshed and weighbridge hut being built.  The buildings that have no internal lining are being built with hardwood to replicate what the originals would have looked like internally.



  639 Chief Commissioner

Hi all,

Services between Daylesford and Bullarto will be recommencing from this Sunday the 29th of December.   Trains will depart Daylesford at 9:45, 11:00, 12:15, 13:45 and 15:00 for a 1hr return trip. (Please note the 15:00 service will run to Musk only)

The building works at Bullarto have been completed...  As well as the new Bullarto home signal.













  W250 Train Controller

Location: Horsham, VIC.
Well done DSCR great to here!
639 thank you for the update.

SmileWink8)
Cheers

Mark Parker
YVR Member
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Love the lamp room with the chimney. Well done!
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Great work to all of the people down there at the DSCR, looks to have payed off with an excellent result down at Bullarto.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Hi all,

Here's some photos from the first day of operations back to Bullarto on 29/12/2013

91RM at Bullarto prior to running the first train


91RM departing Daylesford


91RM on the Wallaby Creek embankment


91RM passing the new Bullarto home signal


91RM passing the new Bullarto home signal


91RM at Bullarto with the first train


Some of the volunteers who rode or followed the first train


91RM departing Bullarto


91RM arriving at Musk


91RM on the Wallaby Creek embankment with the second train for the day


91RM on the Wallaby Creek embankment with the second train for the day


91RM at South Bullarto Rd


91RM on the Bullarto straight


91RM at Church Lane with the third train for the day


91RM enters the cutting between Wallaby Creek and Church Lane


91RM enters the cutting between Wallaby Creek and Church Lane


91RM on the Bullarto straight


91RM at Bullarto with the fourth train of the day


91RM passes the Bullarto home signal with the fourth and last train of the day to Bullarto
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
And here's the video Smile



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_RCrt1Ylgs
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Hi all,

Just a reminder that Saturday 4 January will see the first run of DRC40 to Bullarto since the 2009 fires at the Daylesford Spa Country Railway

"The Silver Streak" departs at 5:30pm and returns around 7:00pm. If anyone wants to go for a ride, it's $45 including drinks and finger food and bookings are through the website: http://www.dscr.com.au/silverstreak.php
  Some rail man Junior Train Controller

Location: CIA Headquarters in Washington D.C
What's next for this great tourist railway? An extension? Further upgrades to existing infrastructure? Or concentrating on restoring some carriages?
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
The next steps are improvements to existing infrastructure and the completion of 153 Walker 32RMs restoration. Work is also continuing on double ended leyland 53RM.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I made my way up to the DSCR to document the Silver Streak on Saturday Night. Due to previous commitments I wasn't able to get up there until they had already made their way up to Bullarto but I was able to get plenty of shots on the return run.


DRC40 at Bullarto with a decent crowd checking out the station:
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DRC40 making it's way past the new Home Signal at Bullarto:
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DRC40 Silver Streak travelling through the forrest on it's way to Musk:
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DRC40 passes through the platform at Musk:
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Now on their way back into Daylesford making their way around the curves near the sheds:
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And then past the Daylesford Home Signal:

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And finally resting back at the station at Daylesford:
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I have to say Bullarto is really looking special now, and full credit has to go to everyone at DSCR on a great job done.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
Great to see someone else out taking photos at the DSCR. Thanks for sharing

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