South Gippsland Railway, Is it dead?

 
  NSWGR8022 Chief Train Controller

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
This news item tells the story a lack of volunteers which is a shame.

https://www.railpage.com.au/news/s/south-gippsland-railway-a-review-and-our-future

Maybe some government support or with their revenues can they hire an admin person to assist?

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  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
By the sounds of things as many have been speculating, the group has voted to wind up !

If this Is the case, destruction of the line may be rather swift, with the Leongatha Truck Bypass underway, there were plans to re-new the worn-out rough as guts Roughead Street level crossing, but If train are not going to use It, well It would just be fully removed to save on construction costs !
Than there would be strong call for the rail trail to take over.
  azza_190 Junior Train Controller

Location: Korumburra
By the sounds of things as many have been speculating, the group has voted to wind up !

If this Is the case, destruction of the line may be rather swift, with the Leongatha Truck Bypass underway, there were plans to re-new the worn-out rough as guts Roughead Street level crossing, but If train are not going to use It, well It would just be fully removed to save on construction costs !
Than there would be strong call for the rail trail to take over.
Nightfire
Just before everyone starts asking questions about the line. The Leongatha bypass will still go ahead, crossing and all. It has been said the line will still be retained by Victrack.
  Clarke Hudswell Junior Train Controller

I have just seen a copy of the SGR News January 2016. The first paragraph states:

"It is with great sadness that I write this last edition of the SGR News. Today, Saturday 16th January 2016 at a Special General Meeting, the majority of financial members voted to close down the South Gippsland Tourist railway after 21 years of operation".
  reub Beginner

Location: Campbelltown, Australia
And it's official:

http://www.sgr.org.au/newsjan2016.pdf

Very sad.  I did the Driver Experience with SGR in 2003 on T342 so I have very fond memories of the railway.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
This is such an incredibly sad day not only for the Volunteers, the community and the railway line but also for Victorian Tourism.  The real tragedy is not a single note about government support.
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
This is such an incredibly sad day not only for the Volunteers, the community and the railway line but also for Victorian Tourism.  The real tragedy is not a single note about government support.
x31
Errr, yes there was:

...I am happy and relieved to report that a satisfactory audit of SGTR’s documents and accounts has been finalized and the final 10% of the funds ($11,500) has been received from Department of Regional Development Victoria...
SGR's final newsletter

So, they were allocated $115,000 before they shut shop.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
The other tragic events are the vandalism, thefts, and bashings which took place whilst volunteers were trying to go about a constructive, peaceful and enjoyable pastime. Their endeavours should have caused no offence to any living soul in the area. At the very least, some passive support, i.e. non-interference, would have been nice.
  michaelgreenhill Administrator That's Numberwang!

Location: Melbourne
Agreed. It's a shame that the community (hopefully, a small minority of them) had such contempt for the railway.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
So, they were allocated $115,000 before they shut shop.
michaelgreenhill

Going out on a limb here but seems a small amount compared to other tourist railways but thanks for the information.  I now turn my thoughts to a paid administrative role or two at the railway to maintain documentation.  Was this considered by the team?  If those operating documents were so critical perhaps an outsource may have worked better?

My comments regarding government support are more about the recent labour issues etc.

Is there room for another group to step in and run the railway?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Is there room for another group to step in and run the railway?
"x31"
Quite possibly but, given the fact that there were just not enough active members at SGR, it's difficult to see how any other mob would get enough people from the area.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Train Controller

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Still in shock reading the events of today written here thinking about the times i rode on the line as a tourist railway. Deeply saddened are some words which come to mind but they don't quell the feeling of loss. I pray someone else will come to the rescue or the government or both.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
The other tragic events are the vandalism, thefts, and bashings which took place whilst volunteers were trying to go about a constructive, peaceful and enjoyable pastime. Their endeavours should have caused no offence to any living soul in the area. At the very least, some passive support, i.e. non-interference, would have been nice.
Valvegear
It's very troubling to read of this, particularly assaults on staff and repeated targeting for thefts. South Gippsland isn't exactly an employment hot-spot, I guess that's part of the explanation.

Voluntary organisations like SGR can provide a valuable social outlet for young people and also give them marketable skills - shame that this will no longer be an option for locals young 'uns.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Sad news! Could they or did they make use of work for the dole labour to help in their operations?
  Boss Chief Commissioner

Location: Caulfield Line
And it's official:

http://www.sgr.org.au/newsjan2016.pdf

Very sad.  I did the Driver Experience with SGR in 2003 on T342 so I have very fond memories of the railway.
reub
Yes.  It is very sad.  I too did the Driver Experience  with SGR in 2001 on the same engine.

It was a great experience and brought back memories of travelling on the line behind an A2 as a young kid.

It is hard to see that anyone will put up the hard cash to keep this line operational.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
It's a shame that the community (hopefully, a small minority of them) had such contempt for the railway.
michaelgreenhill
You might be surprised at how many local people hold grudges against the tourist railways in their areas. However I've never heard of incidents as bad as in Korumburra last year - 2 separate assaults, both involving the converted residential parts of Korumburra Railway Station.

Now the locals will get the railway they truly deserve.

And to some people here talking about how a shame it is that SGR is going to close: railways run on sweat, not crocodile tears. Everyone has their own excuse for not putting their hand up - and yes, that includes myself as well. Perhaps it is fitting that the last train to Leongatha was not advertised as such.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
And to some people here talking about how a shame it is that SGR is going to close: railways run on sweat, not crocodile tears. Everyone has their own excuse for not putting their hand up - and yes, that includes myself as well.
Lanced Dendrite
I'm one of the "people here talking", and I'd prefer not to be accused of crocodile tears. Try 75 years of age, living 125 km away ( a good three and a half hour round trip), with over 30 years experience as an active volunteer in rail preservation (caveat:-none was at SGR). I have a clear conscience.
  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
Now that SGR has ceased operations, the question we now ask ourselves is what happens to the rollingstock?
I'm Barely Online
Isn't that a bit like squabbling over a dead relatives possessions before there's been time for proper mourning or a funeral?

Give them time to come to terms with their loss. I suspect they will want a month or two off before they are ready to organize to have their possessions stripped from the premises and taken away to new locations. Sad
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
Agreed, Bogong.

SGTR has been around for two decades. Thats a lot of work and passion to grieve over. Very sad to hear of its passing.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
State-allocated rollingstock will be re-allocated to other preservation groups and/or museums. Privately-owned rollingstock will be dealt with by their owners.
  Mikey127 Junior Train Controller

Very sad to hear of this. Went for a ride in 2012 and then to the grand ridge breery for lunch and a few tastings, was a great day/
  Ruddy_334 Beginner

What will happen to the locos at the SGR such as T324 and Y135
  Eastside Locomotive Fireman

Very sad but just goes to show the cut throat nature of the TR's.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
What will happen to the locos at the SGR such as T324 and Y135
Ruddy_334
T342 Is said to be In Seymour on SG and mechanically clapped out, thanks to El Zorro's operations.
  Ruddy_334 Beginner

Does anyone know if the Yarra valley railway have been using y145 and t341 because I live close and I want to get down there one day ?

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