ROLL 107. Mildura & Merbein, 7th January 1970. Echuca, 12th January 1970.
All photos © Les Brown. Not to be used for Publication.
107-01. T329. Mildura.
107-02. T329. Merbein.
107-03. T384. Mildura.
107-04. T384. Mildura.
107-05. T384. Mildura.
The locomotive facilities of Echuca were rationalised after steam locomotives activities were withdrawn from the area. My usual delight in walking around railway yards had become one of depression walking around empty track beds, discarded rotting sleepers and empty buildings of the formerly busy yards that were so active just a few years previously.
107-13. 28RM. Echuca.
107-18. 56RM, 63 RM & ??RM.† Echuca.
56RM had arrived and would be heading back to Bendigo. 63 RM had arrived from Toolamba. The DERM at the front was going to Deniliquin. Other Rail Motors would leave here for Balranald. Echuca was a major passenger junction station served almost exclusively by Rail Motors. The Rail Motors were built by Walkers of Wigan, UK, who also built a very similar Rail Motor for three foot narrow gauge lines in Ireland. An example of one can be seen here.
The bridge carried road and rail connections across the border to N.S.W. Since the construction of a separate rail bridge, this bridge is now exclusively for road. Echuca Wharf can be seen at centre-left.
The cars were banked up to let a gangerís trolley cross the bridge. Cars or trains, even a gangerís trolley, but not both could occupy the bridge. Gatekeepersí huts at both ends ensured exclusive use by either mode.
107-21. 28RM. Echuca.
28 RM was rated at 153HP and as such was used on the Kyabram school train services for which they were permitted to haul up to three trailers on a very flat line.