Maldon Steam Spectacular October 26th 2013

 
  sthyer Deputy Commissioner

Just to correct the record, the driver is B J Eaton.

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  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
The driver's name has now been corrected, thanks.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
At Castlemaine station, it was now time to have a close look at J515 and K190 that were to take the train to Muckleford as part of the VGR Maldon Steam Spectacular :

K190 proudly shows off it's 55 inch drivers and Walschaerts valve gear




J515 proudly shows off it's 55 inch drivers and Walschaerts valve gear

a rear view of J515's valve gear

J515 as viewed from the rear

J515 sitting in road 4 with 42 BU carriage
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
K190-J515 approaching Sawmill Rd crossing before the much anticipated photo stop


K190-J515 'strut their stuff' over the trestle during the photo stop


  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
K190-J515 now arriving into Muckleford :

  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
J549 arriving into Muckleford from Maldon with the wedding train. J549 is distinctive without smoke deflectors and the Bart Simpson style regulator dome.


J549 shows off it's Walschaerts valve gear
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
K190-J549 approaching Maldon-Lockwood Rd nearing Maldon, ex Muckleford.

  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
While at historic Maldon, we get the following action :

K190-J549 having just arrived from Muckleford

J549 at the platform

D3 639 showing off it's 1903 vintage
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
J549-D3 639 have just passed the Maldon-Lockwood Rd crossing to Muckleford from Maldon :

  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
J549-D3 639 arriving into Muckleford from Maldon :



  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
J549-D3 639 pose for the cameras on a photo stop having just arrived from Maldon.
To everyone at VGR and Steamrail, many thanks for a putting on a great day for us to enjoy.


D3 639 showing it's best side for the cameras
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
Why are there so many posts being made by the one person? It seems to be a growing trend at the moment.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Why are there so many posts being made by the one person? It seems to be a growing trend at the moment.
"LowndesJ515"

In this case I guess it saves having 20 images or more in a single post.
  Michelle12 Moderator Photo Overlord

Location: Melbourne
Why are there so many posts being made by the one person? It seems to be a growing trend at the moment.
LowndesJ515

Good on you, Les. I thought people would appreciate such a great occasion being recorded for all to see. No one is stopping you from posting your photos.
  BM3801 Lobster

Location: Go Hard or Go Home!
A few photos from me from the day. Despite being incredibly ill, it was an enjoyable day and was encouraging to see the two preservation societies coming together to put on a fantastic show. Credit to all involved with Steamrail and the VGR for a truly unique and fun day!

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/10503814836/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/10503799756/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/10503763755/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/10503737966/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/10503719756/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/10503703135/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bm3801/10503882203/
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Good on you, Les. I thought people would appreciate such a great occasion being recorded for all to see. No one is stopping you from posting your photos.
Michelle12
I believe the point that LowndesJ515 was making is that it's common convention to post a handful of your favourites here, and then link to the rest Smile And, from a technical point of view, if everyone posted huge volumes of photos the forum pages simply wouldn't load.
  steamfreak711 Locomotive Driver

A few video shots from the day:



http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4S2UsrxnILw
  LowndesJ515 #TeamRog

Location: Not in Victoria
I believe the point that LowndesJ515 was making is that it's common convention to post a handful of your favourites here, and then link to the rest Smile And, from a technical point of view, if everyone posted huge volumes of photos the forum pages simply wouldn't load.
michaelgreenhill
Thankyou Michael, it was one point but the main was, why so many posts? Cant you just keep it to one post with all your fav photos in that one post instead of 10 posts? I'm all for people posting photos covering events but keep it to a minimum with a link as Michael pointed out.

I normally post my photos as a lot know with a link to the rest. I only took one photo on Saturday due to working but it's great to see all the photos coming through.

The trip was a very successful one from a Steamrail point of view. All the feedback from our passengers has been excellent with everyone enjoying themselves and got to 'relive' the old days with photo stops on the branch line. Look out for the next transfer trip, it will be bigger and better!
  Henry Herby
  Carnot Chief Commissioner

A few from the 35mm film camera:

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The day was terrific.  I liked the photo of LC covered in soot!

Of particular interest was why there were 3 people required to unlock a set of points for the Maryborough branch. Can anyone help?

Do both sets of points need to be unlocked to use Maldon Junction as it is now called?

For interest and from Vicsig.



Regards
Brian
  Bullucked Assistant Commissioner

Was told (by signaller at Castlemaine) that point rodding had been removed and that spikes had to be removed and point blades manually moved across. (I'm guessing as points not secured this would be the reason why no passengers were allowed to remain on board the train). I assumed from the above that there wasn't any point lever (WSA or otherwise).

Am guessing but maybe 2 point clips (VicTrack and Maldon) with independent padlocks therefore individuals from each organisation.

If someone knows more fully please post.
  1553 Locomotive Fireman

Thankyou Michael, it was one point but the main was, why so many posts? Cant you just keep it to one post with all your fav photos in that one post instead of 10 posts? I'm all for people posting photos covering events but keep it to a minimum with a link as Michael pointed out.

I normally post my photos as a lot know with a link to the rest. I only took one photo on Saturday due to working but it's great to see all the photos coming through.

The trip was a very successful one from a Steamrail point of view. All the feedback from our passengers has been excellent with everyone enjoying themselves and got to 'relive' the old days with photo stops on the branch line. Look out for the next transfer trip, it will be bigger and better!
LowndesJ515
Les, what did you have in mind to make it bigger and better. Are you going to steam the E class at Maldon or bring out Heavy Harry?

To be more realistic, how does this sound, Y112 and A2 986 haul the train Melbourne to Castlemaine. Not sure what you can do on the branchline to offer something new, perhaps, strengthen the bridges and run Y112 & D3 658 with plenty of photostops, maybe with one loco banking in the rear.

20-30 years ago, the above suggestion would have been laughed at - evidence of how far the steam preservation movement has progressed since the mid 1980's.  The success of Steamrail and the VGR, after encountering numerous hardships, is something we can all be proud of.

Maybe in another 20-30 years my opening question won't sound quite as stupid, time will tell!
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
1553,

Y112 hauling a mainline train from Melbourne to Castlemaine? Hardly realistic. Maybe pre-RFR, but not now. If it was still duel trackage, again, maybe. For starters, the tender only has capacity for 2200 gallons of water. This means that you have to either water on the run from a water gin (not impossible, but it does limit the amount of carriages you can haul, which in turn affects patronage), or stop to water the loco at regular intervals. The second and biggest problem you'd have is that the Y is limited to 60km/h maximum. Try getting V/Line to agree with running that amongst V'Locities - you'd be stuck in one of the loops for hours. Best to let the Y make it's way up light engine at night when it can't disrupt anything.

Strengthening bridges? Why? The VGR is a branchline. Why go to all that expense of strengthening something, when the heavier locos would only use it on odd occasions? Not very realistic at all.

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