ROLL 64.Murtoa, Horsham, Dimboola & Serviceton, 23rd-24th December 1968.

 

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

 

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64-1. K157 & 62RM. Murtoa.

 

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64-2. K160. Murtoa. This locomotive has survived and is now regularly hauling trains on the preserved Castlemaine-Maldon Railway

 

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64-3. 62RM. Murtoa. Hopetoun line Rail Motor.

 

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64-4. K157. Murtoa.

 

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64-5. K183. Horsham.

 

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64-6. K154. Horsham.

 

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64-7. Y138. Horsham. Only a few years before when this service was hauled by either a J or K class steam engine, it ran to Dimboola at the speed of 80 km/h. After steam was replaced by diesel on this service, it was left to the Y class to do the honours at the more sedate speed of 65 km/h. When the railway line paralleled the Western Highway, this service did for rail what the horse and buggy did for road.

 

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64-8. K151. Dimboola.

 

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64-9. 22RM. Serviceton. The station building still exists, the mainline and a siding. The rest is gone. 22RM still exists though. Itís a regular performer for the Yarra Valley Tourist Railway based at Healesville, Victoria. Details can be found here.

 

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64-10. 949. Serviceton.

 

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64-11. Y111. Serviceton.

 

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64-12. Y111. Serviceton. The grain silos are still there.

 

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64-13. Serviceton. The turntable pit. The locomotive water tank is still there.

 

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64-14. Serviceton. It was very common to spend a hot night at this station waiting for the Overland to return us back towards Ararat. Often the wait was rewarded with a cab-ride in the S-class as well. On this night, it was S311 and S300 that took me back to Horsham with a ride in the cab of S311.

 

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64-15. Serviceton.

 

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64-16. K153. Horsham. This engine is still running (maybe even with the same cow-catcher) in preservation service. I can imagine I was bleary-eyed after another all night ride in the cab of the engine of the Overland when I snapped this one. One of the follies of my youth, Iím glad I had the stamina.

 

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64-17. K183. Horsham.

 

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64-18. K183 & K156. Horsham.

 

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64-19. K183. Horsham.

 

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64-20. K183. Horsham.

 

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64-21. K183. Horsham. The loco was being prepared for the Goroke goods. That trip is on Roll 65.

 

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