Harris Regional Rail Cars

 
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
AS TB releases his beaut new Harris cars, I was wondering if anybody can share some pictures of the first Harris Regional rebuild cars as released initially? Both H sets and RM trailers.
I am trying to find out if any had the pudding bowl emblem on the lower sides or perhaps as part of the silver window stripe?

I have vague memories of them running without a V/Line emblem for some time, however as the P's always had V/line on their sides, I am starting to doubt my memory. I cannot find google proof that this ever happened Sad
I remember running them with HEP vans and Flat top T's and wonder if the cars were here before the P?
Cheers
Rod Young

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  EFB5800 Chief Train Controller

Location: On my office roof.
Hi comtrain,
They H sets never had the Tea Cup logo, the started out with the silver stripes and V/Line logo. The first regular runs ran with Ps from memory, however in the early days they often had a T class or just about anything else with a HEP van. Perhaps this was due to a slight mismatch of P class and car set fleet numbers as they were being built.

Also there were some other interesting regular rosters on the Seymour line early on. The up 06:45 out of Seymour would be a P - H set - VVCP van. The van was a dirty freight van that trailed the down 'paper train' the night before, and returned to Melbourne this way. It slowed the P down a bit.

Another one was the Saturday evening 18:30 out of Spencer Street that had a P - H set - DRC - MTH. The motor and trailer were hitching a ride for balancing purposes. Here is a photo by Weston Langford of a similar thing on the Kyneton run-
http://www.westonlangford.com/images/photo/116422/
This web page is worth searching for many great 80's Victorian operations. Also Booksvic's Flickr has many useful pics-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60901191@N08/sets/72157631665342890/ He even has some H cars in undercoat!

The 16:30 down Seymour on weeknights would often have an extra big engine leading the P to help an up wheat back from Seymour later in the night. This would result in the train running quite fast and waiting time at stops. Also the Ps that ran the down Seymour evening trains would often help an up goods to Melbourne and be back to Seymour for the morning ups.
Much fun can be had by the modeller running 80's V/Line passengers.

Cheers, Matt.
  comtrain Chief Commissioner

Location: Near Albury Wodonga
Hi comtrain,
They H sets never had the Tea Cup logo, the started out with the silver stripes and V/Line logo. The first regular runs ran with Ps from memory, however in the early days they often had a T class or just about anything else with a HEP van. Perhaps this was due to a slight mismatch of P class and car set fleet numbers as they were being built.

Also there were some other interesting regular rosters on the Seymour line early on. The up 06:45 out of Seymour would be a P - H set - VVCP van. The van was a dirty freight van that trailed the down 'paper train' the night before, and returned to Melbourne this way. It slowed the P down a bit.

Another one was the Saturday evening 18:30 out of Spencer Street that had a P - H set - DRC - MTH. The motor and trailer were hitching a ride for balancing purposes. Here is a photo by Weston Langford of a similar thing on the Kyneton run-
http://www.westonlangford.com/images/photo/116422/
This web page is worth searching for many great 80's Victorian operations. Also Booksvic's Flickr has many useful pics-
http://www.flickr.com/photos/60901191@N08/sets/72157631665342890/ He even has some H cars in undercoat!

The 16:30 down Seymour on weeknights would often have an extra big engine leading the P to help an up wheat back from Seymour later in the night. This would result in the train running quite fast and waiting time at stops. Also the Ps that ran the down Seymour evening trains would often help an up goods to Melbourne and be back to Seymour for the morning ups.
Much fun can be had by the modeller running 80's V/Line passengers.

Cheers, Matt.
EFB5800
Thank you very much Matt
That answers all my questions very well indeed. Appreciate your response and it does put at least two out of our misery Very Happy
Not sure how many times the DRC went home behind a Loco hauled Pass, but I did tow one out to Bacchus Marsh after repairs, on the last BM Loco Haul, and I did get my smeg kicked because I was not trained in them. It was just positioning the first out of BM in the morning. I had driven them many times unofficially, but never managed to get trained in them. All the crews travelled home to Dynon in them at night, and I would have a drive whilst the crews gas bagged in the saloon. I used to crawl underneath them sometimes as well. I guess I should have learned them Smile
Cheers
Rod

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