Bellarine Railways $3.5M track upgrade grinds to a halt

 
  trainspotter11 Beginner

Can anyone shed any light on the rumor that the GSPS has sacked their appointed project manager and the Victorian Government has appointed a project management firm to run this upgrade. Rumor has it that this happened after the government auditor was there to examine the project funding and management. Things don’t seem to be going very well on that railway at the moment.

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  8502 Assistant Commissioner

That is a worrying development reading between the lines perhaps the project has not been going as well as it should and the money is not being managed as well as it could.

Id auditing project grants during the delivery the normal cadence for the government?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
What is the GSPS please?
  apw5910 Chief Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
What is the GSPS please?
Valvegear
Geelong Steam Preservation Society, since Geelong's about 30km away.

A bit like saying THNSW is at Picton (NSW).
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
What is the GSPS please?
Valvegear
'Giga Samples per Second', of course.

Does that mean that there are at least two of us who know nothing but who speak English? Smile

I always thought that it was Bellarine something or other or is that another mob?
  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
Having a disgusting mind, I was more thinking along the lines of Get Stuffed Please Sir.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
What is the GSPS please?
'Giga Samples per Second', of course.

Does that mean that there are at least two of us who know nothing but who speak English? Smile

I always thought that it was Bellarine something or other or is that another mob?
YM-Mundrabilla
I assume GSPS is the society and Bellarine Railway is the trading name?

That is how the VGR works, the Castlemaine and Maldon Rail Preservation Society is the group that I am a member of not the VGR

The CMRPS as it's name suggest was formed very soon after closure to preserve the line as a working museum. The VGR bit came later
  Graham4405 The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: In exile
What is the GSPS please?
'Giga Samples per Second', of course.

Does that mean that there are at least two of us who know nothing but who speak English? Smile

I always thought that it was Bellarine something or other or is that another mob?
I assume GSPS is the society and Bellarine Railway is the trading name?

That is how the VGR works, the Castlemaine and Maldon Rail Preservation Society is the group that I am a member of not the VGR

The CMRPS as it's name suggest was formed very soon after closure to preserve the line as a working museum. The VGR bit came later
BrentonGolding
As with SDSR (Southern Downs Steam Railway), trading as Downs Explorer, DDHRS (Darling Downs Historical Rail Society) trading as DownsSteam.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I assume GSPS is the society and Bellarine Railway is the trading name?
BrentonGolding

That would be my thought too. The "G" in GSPS coming from the days when it operated at Belmont, a suburb of Geelong.
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Having a disgusting mind, I was more thinking along the lines of Get Stuffed Please Sir.
Valvegear
Probably the attitude of so many who speak in acronyms although I doubt that the PS applies in a lot of cases.

RP is Australia wide and we all need to remember that fact and not talk in local acronyms and abbreviations known only to oneself and the gunzel standing alongside.

Did we ever find out what it was that GSPS (now that we all know what that means) did or did not do to cause their track upgrade to be stopped?
  X20_TGR Beginner

GSPS is Geelong Steam Preservation Society ta Bellarine Railway, it is/was a sub division of the ARHS and started in Belmont Common before moving to Queenscliff on the South Geelong to Queenscliff branch line.

The project is in full Steam so to speak and has been held up by covid, people are more than welcome to reach out to the railway direct.
  YM-Mundrabilla The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Should have been a politician. Smile
  anonymouse Beginner

cant shed light, can confirm that it not just a rumour
  ssaunders Chief Train Controller

Wonder if the audit looked at the relationships there between the group and the Blues Train operation.

This might be seen as public money going into fund the track for a private profit making business.

Hope it works out.

ss
  E1102 Beginner

GSPS is Geelong Steam Preservation Society ta Bellarine Railway, it is/was a sub division of the ARHS and started in Belmont Common before moving to Queenscliff on the South Geelong to Queenscliff branch line.

The project is in full Steam so to speak and has been held up by covid, people are more than welcome to reach out to the railway direct.
X20_TGR
Given that the ARHS no longer exists in Victoria and there is no mention of the Bellarine Railway or GSPS in the minutes after at least the 1980s, I'd take this one with a grain of salt...
  trainspotter11 Beginner

My thought is the Q Train. Dodgy owner, dodgy operation.
ssaunders
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
This could be similar to many other charities today.

A corporate marauder becomes involved by agreement, becomes all powerful, ends up virtually taking over, uses the charity as a cover to make money (with little or no tax paid), 98% of income goes to running a business to make profits, employ staff and fool the public/media/government.

Poor little charity struggles along on 2% of income, volunteers are pi88ed off and eventually becomes nothing but a shadow organisation.

Isn't reality wonderful,

John P
  lkernan Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I see there's video on Youtube of Tasrail's old tamper leaving East Tamar Junction apparently bound for the Bellarine Railway.
  sam6778 Junior Train Controller

Location: Rockingham, WA
I see there's video on Youtube of Tasrail's old tamper leaving East Tamar Junction apparently bound for the Bellarine Railway.
lkernan
If possible mate, could you please post a link.  Cheers.
  lkernan Chief Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I see there's video on Youtube of Tasrail's old tamper leaving East Tamar Junction apparently bound for the Bellarine Railway.
If possible mate, could you please post a link.  Cheers.
sam6778
Here you go, but you'll have to take the space out.  
If I post a normal link then Railpage decides to embed the actual video and I've seen videos taken down because the poster didn't like that.

https://www.you tube.com/watch?v=WWEYDGOyB4g

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