Leongatha line memories

 
  AclassGunzel Deputy Commissioner

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The demise of the Leongatha line and future of the corridor
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Word from SGR back in July was that the track were to be ripped up from Cranbourne to Nyora this November. More than likely they are clearing in preparation for this. Will some sort of Railtractor be used for dismantling? If its cleared now is the time to get some photo's before its gone. Considering the record growth of passenger numbers recently you'd think they would reconsider their decision.

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  BJ Titsengolf That's Numberwang!

Location: Right here, right now, right here, right now...
As mentioned earlier, filling the track in with gravel will stuff the rail in no time.
"skitz"

It's already rooted. Adding gravel to the middle doesn't change the cost of reinstating the track.

Run a bulldozer from Cranbourne to Nyora. Follow it with a grader. Fix bridges. Insert concrete sleepered track. Add stations.

Roll on the rail trail.
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
Can anyone seriously believe a P class and H set ran though here, let alone a Vlocity doing so in future?
[img]http://wongm.railgeelong.com/south-gippsland-railway/image/500/D661_6183.jpg[/img]

(more photos here)
  SteamtoStay Chief Commissioner

Location: Building floorplates
Can anyone seriously believe a P class and H set ran though here, let alone a Vlocity doing so in future?
"wongm"

I'm sure you could edit one in for us, Marcus! Razz
  gippslander Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland, Vic
[quote="wongm"]Can anyone seriously believe a P class and H set ran though here, let alone a Vlocity doing so in future?
(quote]

What about double headed R classes passing through on steam specials in the 1970s, and 2000+ tonne trains with six T classes carrying superphosphate and oil (that was only 16 years ago)?
Hard to imagine that a secondary main line has disappeared off the network - but be grateful that SGR keeps its section alive.
  hitachi_hatchi Train Controller

I can remember seeing steam in Korramburra a VERY long time ago (late 90s).
Does anyone know what the last steam trip was? My memory fails me in remembering what loco it was, I think it was a K but I'm not entirely sure.
I also recall seeing a J head to Leongatha once.
Oh how times change.
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

K190 was the last steamer on the SGR, ran back to Newport in May 97? (maybe 98 ) just before the Cranbourne - Nyora section was booked out.

J515 ran to Leongatha in 96 I think it was. Its amazing to look back and remember the whole line still had a max speed of 80kmph up until 1995. Whereas now the max speed between Nyora & Leongatha is 40kmph.
  jakar Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Whilst on my way to Unimen (Koala siding) today to do some work, at the McDonalds Trk level crossing at Lang Lang, I had to slow down for the SGR hi-rail going across (towards Lang Lang). It appeared to be spraying weeds along the track with a couple of other guys walking along the track with either a brush-cutter or one of those chainsaw on a pole thingymajigs.

Cheers Jakar
  NR77 Chief Commissioner

Don't SGR still run steam trains along the line? From memory there was one in the yards last time I was there but it was a total fire ban so the Y class was running the train.
  Zomer Train Controller

Location: Latrobe Valley, Victoria
There is also a HUUUUGEE tree across the line inbetween Koala and McDonalds Trk level crossing Lang Lang.  Would take some serious chainsawing to get anything through there.  The line from Nyora right through to Koala would easily be able to support rail travel with only minor high branch clearing and the odd sleeper replacement. Noticed also the section from KooWeeRup right through Monomeith to Caldermeade Rd have been cleared of weeds.  
Amazing what can happen in such a short amount of time without any care of the railway!!
  crackheadjim Train Controller

Location: Prison
K190 was the last steamer on the SGR, ran back to Newport in May 97? (maybe 98 ) just before the Cranbourne - Nyora section was booked out.

J515 ran to Leongatha in 96 I think it was. Its amazing to look back and remember the whole line still had a max speed of 80kmph up until 1995. Whereas now the max speed between Nyora & Leongatha is 40kmph.
"VBAndy"


Not wanting to be correcting you, it was 1995, and the J derailed on the turntable at Korumburra. Easily one of the best trips I've been on. In between arriving and leaving there were 2 trips to Nyora, one on a derm, one on a redhen. Were you on the trip?
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
K190 was the last steamer on the SGR, ran back to Newport in May 97? (maybe 98 ) just before the Cranbourne - Nyora section was booked out.

J515 ran to Leongatha in 96 I think it was. Its amazing to look back and remember the whole line still had a max speed of 80kmph up until 1995. Whereas now the max speed between Nyora & Leongatha is 40kmph.
"VBAndy"



Crossing the up Pass at Cranbourne:



On the way to Leongatha:



On the way to Leongatha:



Return trip to Foster:



Last goods out of Barry Beach:



Korumburra:



Last train out of Yarram:

  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

J515 ran to Leongatha in 96 I think it was
"VBAndy"
Not wanting to be correcting you, it was 1995, and the J derailed on the turntable at Korumburra. [Snipped] Were you on the trip?
"Leprosy"


Happy to be corrected, no I wasn't on the trip. Just going off what I remember from other peoples stories Smile

Great shots Ballast, funny how a heritage tour is now itself part of history 13 years on.
  hitachi_hatchi Train Controller

Thanks SO much for those photos, they bring back some memories, I may have been only 6, but I still can remember the train derailing on the turntable.

Would be great to see SGR get their hands on a steam loco again.
I know this is probably more for the Preservation forum, but I can remember (again, back in my earliest memory banks) riding what dad called a "Super Chook" between Leongatha and Korumburra, can anyone shed any light on what this train actually was??
  Zomer Train Controller

Location: Latrobe Valley, Victoria
Bwahahaha "Super-Chook"!!  Thats awesome!!!  I wanna know what it was too!!!  ANYONE???
  Robbb01 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Shhhh!
So how often could ou run a service on the line
  merlin Chief Commissioner

Location: North East Adelaide
Presumably it's the "red hen" as pictured in Wongm's post....?
  redrattler4552 Station Master


Whilst on my way to Unimen (Koala siding) today to do some work, at the McDonalds Trk level crossing at Lang Lang, I had to slow down for the SGR hi-rail going across (towards Lang Lang). It appeared to be spraying weeds along the track with a couple of other guys walking along the track with either a brush-cutter or one of those chainsaw on a pole thingymajigs.


That is correct the rail trail people are using the Hi Rail as there is going to be a rail trail from crany to Nyora.

Yes that is a photo of the red hen.


The line from Nyora right through to Koala would easily be able to support rail travel with only minor high branch clearing and the odd sleeper replacement


I am of that opion as well but SGR have enough trouble looking after 36k of track not adding another 15k or so to look after

On Sat / Sun 11 & 12 Jan SGR are holding there heritage week end the Y135 will be out as well as RM 55 and around 100 photos showing the line history at KBA station
  Zomer Train Controller

Location: Latrobe Valley, Victoria


On Sat / Sun 11 & 12 Jan SGR are holding there heritage week end the Y135 will be out as well as RM 55 and around 100 photos showing the line history at KBA station
"redrattler4552"


Wow thanks for that info.  I love the line, so much so that im modelling it in N scale. I will definantly try and have a look.
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
I can remember (again, back in my earliest memory banks) riding what dad called a "Super Chook" between Leongatha and Korumburra, can anyone shed any light on what this train actually was??
"hitachi_hatchi"

Bwahahaha "Super-Chook"!!  Thats awesome!!!  I wanna know what it was too!!!  ANYONE???
"Zomer"

The "Super-Chooks" were refurbished Redhen railcars, that looked like they got stabled a bit too close to the newer 'Jumbo' railcars.

A pic from revenue service:
http://comrails.railpage.org.au/common/cd_p0108805.html

And at the York Peninsula Railway:
http://www.freewebs.com/australianrailcar-railmotors/sarailcars.htm

Comails says SGR got some in 1994, moved them on in 1999, and are now at YPR:
http://comrails.railpage.org.au/sar_carriages/b_redhen_300.html
  penov Chief Commissioner

Location: By the shore of Bass Strait.
VR had one of those big Brills up to 1949  ( RM 44 ) when it came off second best in an altercation with a logging truck on the Midland Highway at Byrneside. It had a big trailer 200MT and was bought by VR from SAR about 1928 to evaluate against the first PERM which they got from USA. Big advantage of the PERM was that it could be driven from either end and thus didn't need a turntable. It spent most of its life running between Toolamba, Echuca and Deniliquin. IIRC just as noisy to ride in as a PERM.
  hitachi_hatchi Train Controller

I can remember (again, back in my earliest memory banks) riding what dad called a "Super Chook" between Leongatha and Korumburra, can anyone shed any light on what this train actually was??
"hitachi_hatchi"

Bwahahaha "Super-Chook"!!  Thats awesome!!!  I wanna know what it was too!!!  ANYONE???
"Zomer"

The "Super-Chooks" were refurbished Redhen railcars, that looked like they got stabled a bit too close to the newer 'Jumbo' railcars.

A pic from revenue service:
http://comrails.railpage.org.au/common/cd_p0108805.html

And at the York Peninsula Railway:
http://www.freewebs.com/australianrailcar-railmotors/sarailcars.htm

Comails says SGR got some in 1994, moved them on in 1999, and are now at YPR:
http://comrails.railpage.org.au/sar_carriages/b_redhen_300.html
"wongm"



That most definitely is the one I remember.
Thanks for the trip down memory lane.
  catchpoint1 Beginner

It is interesting to read the comment from who ever it was who wrote that SGR has track maintenance issues should suhhest they give up on sections of track they have now - perhaps only run from Korumburra to Lengatha - if its all too much trouble.

Red rattler wote "I am of that opion as well but SGR have enough trouble looking after 36k of track not adding another 15k or so to look after "

Not looking forward these people - I mean the options for Lang Lang and Koo Wee Rup are endless for the railway.

Maybe if HE does not want to look after extra track lengths, then someone else should have that opportunity, rather than impose his personal views on others - who ever his target audience may be.

Look at a similar argument - maybe the trains cost too much to run - maybe he might say this too - so why not stop running the trains, and run walking tours !
  VBAndy Chief Commissioner

You dug a 4 month old thread out for that? Shocked
  Zomer Train Controller

Location: Latrobe Valley, Victoria
Well said redrattler4552!!!

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