It was "one of those days"! During the running of the 3:30am, ex Geelong, Warrnambool goods, the leading loco, T385, began to suffer from continuous "ground relays" after leaving Colac. It was decided to let it be and leave it to the assisting loco, T359, to do all the work. The train continued on however the available horsepower was insufficient to drag the train up the final 1 in 50 pinch over "Stoneyford" hill. More attempts were made to overcome the problems on T385, but to no avail.
The decision was then made, rather than taking two separate portions of the train on to Camperdown, to detatch the locos and head off in search of a post phone. In hindsight, it would probably have been quicker to walk, as one was located only about half a mile away, just over the top of the hill. The train can just be glimpsed in the photo, just back over the crest.
The driver was then able to contact "Fuel point" at Sth Dynon and permission was granted by them to pull the "knife switch", a risky operation as it removed the "ground", (short circuit), protection.
All went well from there, the locomotives were reattached and the train was dragged over the summit and on to Camperdown. There it was put aside, still with sufficient time to avoid delaying the up pass.