Mary Valley as of 2015

 
  mb67 Junior Train Controller

I saw this newspaper clipping about the current status of the Mary Valley branch.



I know MVHR still operates as apart of a plan to shunt wagons along the Maryborough branch to EDI with 1632. Still, it doesn't seem too promising that the Valley Rattler will operate any time soon (or at all). There's stop boards erected on the entrance to the branch from Gympie North.

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  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
MVHR is in a hard spot right now. The track has been declared unfit for purpose and several locomotives need heavy repair. The previous State Government promised $2m which would have paid for trackwork to Amamoor, and one steamer operational.

The current Labor (state) administration has no interest in bankrolling a strongly conservative electorate.

I have it on good authority that MVHR no longer has the work with Edi Bombardier in Maryborough, either. Disappointing.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
MVHR is in a hard spot right now. ... Disappointing.
locojoe67
I've enjoyed many a trip on the railway, and I'm disappointed that it has got to this state. Short of a rich benefactor I don't see a way out. It is good that the privately owned DH45 has found a new home with SDSR. Perhaps other preservation organisations may benefit from leasing other MVHR rolling stock, at least temporarily.
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Very Sad.

I assume the govt looks at the $2m donation as "what will we get in return for the state or the area?", and how long until next time they want some cash which realistically is probably not that long.

In Australia, maintaining branch lines as long as the likes of MV is a tough call and most if not all have stopped running in recent years apart from Puffing Billy which gets huge patronage.
  NSWGR8022 Chief Train Controller

Location: From the lands of Journalism and Free Speech
Several QR Heritage wagons were moved out of the Mary Valley Heritage Railway compound at old Gympie on Monday 22/02/16. HSAH 33207, HSAH 33133, BA 527, BLH 521, BLH 760 (ex Kuranda Coaches) were hauled by MVHR’s 1632 north into the Banks Pocket Cattle Siding. There, 1632 detached and ran south to Gympie.

QR 1764 then proceeded long end leading from Gympie North, down the old North Coast Line to attach to the wagons and commence their journey south to Mayne.

Apparently the lease of these wagons from QR to MVHR expired. The transfer enabled a good opportunity to see the rarely-used Banks Pocket siding occupied by the MVHR and QR. Sadly the track between Gympie and Banks Pocket has presumably only been used once since the MVHR shutdown and today- that being to transfer 1632 back from Maryborough EDI, where it was used as a shunter.
  VRfan Moderator

Location: In front of my computer :-p
In Australia, maintaining branch lines as long as the likes of MV is a tough call and most if not all have stopped running in recent years apart from Puffing Billy which gets huge patronage.
RTT_Rules

The Mary Valley line is approximately 15km longer than Puffing Billy. The most heavily used bit of Puffing Billy is Belgrave to Menzies Creek with decent loadings continuing to Lakeside. The last 10km to Gembrook only sees one train a day and is usually lightly loaded.
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
This is recent news:
http://www.gympietimes.com.au/news/rattler-viability-needed/2900882/

The grant outcomes are quite sobering. Even were the full grant realised, trackwork to Imbil and heavy duty engine shop work has been costed to chew up every last cent.

As such the cost of maintaining 40kms of track is very high. Other groups like SGTR somehow managed it for twenty years. But at MVHR, if returning trains is the desired outcome, perhaps maximising permanent way longevity might mean minimising ongoing track work costs and loco maintenance.

Might the group consider even lighter gauge locomotives like the Pecketts that Atherton have traded their C17 for?
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  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
In Australia, maintaining branch lines as long as the likes of MV is a tough call and most if not all have stopped running in recent years apart from Puffing Billy which gets huge patronage.

The Mary Valley line is approximately 15km longer than Puffing Billy. The most heavily used bit of Puffing Billy is Belgrave to Menzies Creek with decent loadings continuing to Lakeside. The last 10km to Gembrook only sees one train a day and is usually lightly loaded.
VRfan
I think I used the train around the time that Gembrook opened and I was surprised to hear a year or so later they were in trouble in part I think because of the cost of the extension. If it was a commercial/govt railway, they'd probably close the extension down and write it off as a bad mistake.

I always wanted to take a trip on MVHR, but never had time for a full day excursion when we were driving through. In another thread they talk about running a steam engine on former Mull'bah line, to do so would be of similar issue. Too much time for which few tourists will take out of their 7-14 day stay on the Gold Coast.
  locojoe67 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Gen X purgatory/urban Joh-land
A full day is a big ask, with lots of competition for leisure time activities now.

Thankful i went on and to mvhr before they ceased runnng. Id like to see them back but not getting hopes up.



https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=a7i-3KF98vw
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Thankful i went on and to mvhr before they ceased runnng. Id like to see them back but not getting hopes up.
locojoe67
Ditto to the above. I have had a number of rides with MVHR, behind locomotives C17 #802, AC16 #221A and C17 #967. I was fortunate enough to ride in the cabs of both 802 and 967. It is a great loss, hopefully not permanent.

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