ROLL 67.Penshurst, 31st December 1968. Yanac, 1st January 1969. Hamilton-Horsham Line, 2nd January 1968. Newlyn Line, East Ballarat Loco, 3rd January 1969.

 

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

Scanned Negatives

 

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67-1. Y172 & Y142. Penshurst.

 

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67-2. Y172 & Y142. Penshurst. Crew change.

 

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67-3. T400. Hamilton.

 

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67-4. Hamilton.

 

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67-5. Hamilton. Locomotives and Rail Motors were serviced here after the closure of the much larger Coleraine Junction depot in 1967.
It was a return back to the site of Hamiltonís original locomotive depot before it moved to Coleraine Junction in 1928.

 

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67-6. Hamilton.

 

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67-7. 11RM. Hamilton. A freshly painted Rail Motor is seen here arriving at its destination on a service from Ararat.

 

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67-8. Hamilton. Too see what it looks like exactly fifty years later click or tap on the photo.

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67-9. T386. Yanac Line. Whilst a normal healthy young lad of 17 should be partying with his mates on New Years eve, I welcomed 1969 inside the Guards Van of this train at Dimboola, which I dared not risk missing, to await its 4:00 am departure to Yanac. The raucous revelry going on in the Pub across the road from the station didnít help.

 

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67-10. Yanac Line. Peppercorn trees were a standard decoration at Victorian stations in the Wimmera and Mallee.
The railway line to Yanac was closedin December 1986. Thirty-three years later, not much remained to indicate the past presence of a railway, apart from the unrestrained growth of these trees which took over almost the entire platform mound.

 

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67-11. T341. Balmoral.

 

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67-12. T341. Balmoral. Cross and crew change.

 

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67-13. Y111. Kanagulk?

 

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67-14. K157. East Natimuk.

 

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67-15. Y111 & K157. East Natimuk.

 

67-16-17. Ballarat East Engine Shed. It was probably the largest regional depot. This composite view is looking north with the shed wall facing the main line.
There are 4 W-class locomotives hiding inside. They were not a popular engine and only reluctantly used.

 

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67-18. W242. Creswick.

 

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67-19. W242. Creswick.

 

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67-20. W242. Allendale.

 

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67-21. W242. Newlyn.

 

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67-22. W242. Newlyn.

 

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