ROLL 35. Cudgewa, Geelong & Ballarat, 4th –7th January 1968.
All photos © Les Brown. Not to be used for Publication.
35-1. T332 & T381. Koetong.
35-2. T332 & T381. Koetong. Crew change.
35-3. T332 & T381. Koetong.
35-4. Snowy Mountains Scheme.
35-5. Snowy Mountains Scheme.
35-6. Snowy Mountains Scheme.
35-7. T332. Cudgewa. Return trip the next day.
35-8. T332. Shelley.
35-9. T332 and T381. Koetong. Same locos, same time, opposite direction.
35-13. J502. East Ballarat Loco. Damn the static.
35-14. J501 and J502. East Ballarat Loco
35-15. K192. East Ballarat Loco. The last of the K’s
35-16. J? and J?. East Ballarat Loco.
35-17. K178. East Ballarat Loco.
35-18. J505 and W245. East Ballarat Loco.
Ballarat. This was
the only one of many American-type cars which were built in the 1880’s for branch
line services, I ever saw. The carriage was built at the Williamstown Workshops
in 1881 before these Workshops were replaced by the Newport Workshops in 1889.
The carriage was used on the “Better Farming Train” which toured around
Victoria in the 1920s, and on a RAAF recruitment train
in 1940 before being converted to Department use in 1941. Amazingly, it still
exists on a property near Bendigo, as at 2019, but it has badly deteriorated
and would need a complete rebuild. It is almost certainly the oldest Victorian
Railways carriage still on wheels.
35-20. Ballarat. On a warm summer’s night, the Ballarat to Queenscliff passenger train, which only ran on Sundays in summer, has arrived back in Ballarat and disgorged its tired passengers from a day at the beach. A popular service, it no longer runs.