ROLL 26. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Hurstbridge, 26th August 1967.

 

All photos © Les Brown. Not to be used for Publication.

 

Scanned Negatives

 

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26-01. McLeod. The remains of the branch line to the Mont Park mental asylum, closed in 1964 and a much shortened portion used to store suburban trains terminating at McLeod, can be seen to the left of the excursion train.

 

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26-02. Near Watsonia. K191.

 

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26-03. Near Watsonia. K191.

 

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26-04. Near Greensborough. K191.

 

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26-05. Near Greensborough. K191. Nell Street level crossing being modified.

 

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26-06. Greensborough. K191. Compare this picture with the one in Roll 95-06 taken two years later.

 

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26-07. Near Montmorency. K191.

 

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26-08. Near Eltham. K191. The wooden timber pile bridge is the only railway bridge of predominantly timber construction remaining that is still in regular use as part of Melbourne's metropolitan railway network.
The expertise needed to maintain the bridge, built in 1902, has long been lost to the Public Transport Corporation so it is now up railway preservation societies, with timber bridges on their lines, like Puffing Billy, to maintain it.

 

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26-09. Near Eltham. K191.

 

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26-10. Near Eltham. K191.

 

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26-11. Near Eltham. K191.

 

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26-12. Eltham-Diamond Creek. K191.

 

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26-13. Eltham-Diamond Creek. K191. The shed on the left, now long gone, was reputed to have been a left over relic from gold mining activities in the area. A feature of this line was the wooden catenary masts.

 

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26-14. Eltham-Diamond Creek. K191.

 

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26-15. Hurstbridge. K191.

 

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26-16. Hurstbridge. K191. This station lacked an engine run-around loop so the suburban train raised its pantographs and moved around by itself so that the locomotive was at the front of the train.

 

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26-17. Hurstbridge. K191.

 

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26-18. Hurstbridge. K191.

 

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26-19. Eltham. K191.

 

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26-20. K191. Eltham.

 

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26-21. K191. Eltham. And as usual, the sun comes out for the last picture. The drought of 1967 was particularly bad (“worst drought in living memory” was a popular refrain then and it seems to be the case in every drought), but that didn’t seem to stop it raining on the many fan trips of that year.

 

Thanks to Martin Bennet and Richard Smith for corrections and notes.

 

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