Elecrail News

 
  VR_rail001 Beginner

Hi All, new here.
I have trawled through many threads to find information in regards to Steamrail's Elecrail Division.
I have a couple of queries. How is the restoration of the Dogbox cars coming along? Correct me if Im wrong, after the disastrous fire back in 2015 I beleive some Dogbox cars were found and are currently being refurbished to replace the burnt out cars ??

Also any news on the E Class Electric . Again correct me if wrong however Im sure I saw an E Class under restoration in the sheds back on an olen day back in around 2007 in orginal black livery.
I recently also saw a short clip on YouTube of Tait pantograph testing. Could this mean we could finally see the Tait set run under its own power rather than being hauled by Steam or Diesel?

Cheers All.

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  MetroFemme Chief Train Controller

A warm welcome from all of us.

What is left as I read the damage by that guy how in prison wiped out the cars completely?
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Hi All, new here.
I have trawled through many threads to find information in regards to Steamrail's Elecrail Division.
I have a couple of queries. How is the restoration of the Dogbox cars coming along? Correct me if Im wrong, after the disastrous fire back in 2015 I beleive some Dogbox cars were found and are currently being refurbished to replace the burnt out cars ??

Also any news on the E Class Electric . Again correct me if wrong however Im sure I saw an E Class under restoration in the sheds back on an olen day back in around 2007 in orginal black livery.
I recently also saw a short clip on YouTube of Tait pantograph testing. Could this mean we could finally see the Tait set run under its own power rather than being hauled by Steam or Diesel?

Cheers All.
According to the RTTBU Locoline's There is info on the taits. http://www.rtbuvicloco.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2018/12/LocoLines-Edition-72.pdf
Still work in progress. Recently under gone accreditation testing with Downer EDI. Waiting for more information on progress.
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
Hi All, new here.
I have trawled through many threads to find information in regards to Steamrail's Elecrail Division.
I have a couple of queries. How is the restoration of the Dogbox cars coming along? Correct me if Im wrong, after the disastrous fire back in 2015 I beleive some Dogbox cars were found and are currently being refurbished to replace the burnt out cars ??

Also any news on the E Class Electric . Again correct me if wrong however Im sure I saw an E Class under restoration in the sheds back on an olen day back in around 2007 in orginal black livery.
I recently also saw a short clip on YouTube of Tait pantograph testing. Could this mean we could finally see the Tait set run under its own power rather than being hauled by Steam or Diesel?

Cheers All.
VR_rail001
The answers you seek:
https://www.steamrail.com.au/?page=membership
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
Here Something new

*** FUNDING SECURED TO RESTORE TAIT CARS TO ELECTRIC OPERATION ! *** We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in obtaining an Australian Government grant of $1million (exclusive of GST) from the Department of Infrastructure, Regional Development and Cities as part of its Community Development Grants Programme. The funding has been received to return a Tait Train (or "Red Rattler" as it is known) to service by early 2020. The restored train will be available for public shuttle trips, occasional railfan excursions and to take passengers from Melbourne to Belgrave to connect with Puffing Billy and the beautiful Dandenong Ranges. The preserved train will bring great delight to young and old, as it did until 2004 when accreditation issues meant it could no longer operate. Tait trains are of both State and National significance, being used on the very first regular electric train services in not just Victoria but Australia. It is fitting that this announcement is made now, because we are not far off the centenary of regular electric train services for Australia, with the first services operating between Essendon and Sandringham in May 1919. Red Rattlers are nearly as iconic to the Melbourne transport scene as W Class trams. There would be few Melbournians over the age of 60 who do not remember riding a Red Rattler to school, work or to attend sporting/cultural events. They operated on all suburban lines and were the backbone of the suburban fleet for many decades. They played an important part in the State's industrial, transport and cultural heritage. They are amongst the finest examples of preserved electric trains anywhere in the world, featuring varnished interiors, pressed metal ceilings and ornate fittings. The earliest carriages were initially steam hauled and date back to 1910. In the early days, passengers could choose between first or second class seating and smoking or non-smoking compartments. The grant money will be spent on a series of safety enhancements and other works, including the: * Purchase and installation of train radios at both ends of the train * Automation of the trip (emergency brake) reset mechanism * Installation of speedos (having never been present in Tait trains) * Electrical modifications to make the train compatible with the latest infrastructure * Mechanical overhaul of components * Train testing / recommissioning * A repaint (if funds remain). Jason Wood MP, the Federal Member for La Trobe, has supported Steamrail throughout the application process. We are hugely appreciative of his support. A working group has been established to oversee the project, with excellent support being received from the following key stakeholders: * V/Line – which will be the accredited operator of the heritage services * Metro Trains – which will provide access to the rail network and electrical infrastructure * The RTBU (rail union) – which is developing driver training material and will coordinate crewing * Downer Group – which has been engaged to test the train * Steamrail volunteers – who will both coordinate and undertake work. All stakeholders are very much 'on board'. Without their support the project would not be viable. The funding is a great boost for ElecRail volunteers, who are still recovering from the arson attack at Newport Workshops in 2015 which destroyed three beautifully restored older swing door carriages and another which was awaiting restoration
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  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
Railfan excursion trips etc. would be great, and would not pose a problem, but if the set is also to be used as RPT on the Belgrave line, would there be a risk of vandalism?  A shiny new Tait train would present a tempting canvas to the taggers.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
The guy who torched the rolling stock still remains in prison.

When did the E Class last see the rails and is the L class still serviceable?
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
Railfan excursion trips etc. would be great, and would not pose a problem, but if the set is also to be used as RPT on the Belgrave line, would there be a risk of vandalism?  A shiny new Tait train would present a tempting canvas to the taggers.
Lad_Porter
Pre-booked tickets and insurance policies will fix that problem.
  VR_rail001 Beginner

I'm going to contact Elecrail this week. Im keen to get involved in preserving some of Melbourne's historic Sparks.
From memory I think it was way back Iin 2004 I saw a Tait set run on the Hurtbridge line. Can anyone confirm?
Maybe it was actually the last mainline run of the now destroyed Dog Box set?
Cheers

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