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

 

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

Scanned Negatives

 

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64-01. Murtoa. K157 & 62RM.

 

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64-02. Murtoa. K160. This locomotive has survived and is now regularly hauling trains on the preserved Castlemaine-Maldon Railway

 

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64-03. Murtoa. 62RM. Hopetoun line Rail Motor.

 

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64-04. Murtoa. K157.

 

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64-05. Horsham. K183.

 

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64-06. Horsham. K154.

 

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64-07. Horsham. Y138. 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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64-08. Dimboola. K151.

 

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64-09. Serviceton. 22RM. To see what it looks like exactly fifty years later click or tap on the photo.

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64-10. Serviceton. 949. Until 1979, through trains had their locomotives changed at border stations like Serviceton and Albury. That is the reason why this South Australia Railways 930 Class locomotive is waiting its next turn here.

 

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64-11. Serviceton. Y111.

 

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64-12. Serviceton. Y111. 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. Horsham. K153. 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. Horsham. K183.

 

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64-18. Horsham. K183 & K156.

 

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64-19. Horsham. K183.

 

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64-20. Horsham. K183.

 

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

 

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