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ROLL A. The Early Days. Caulfield, Warragul, Colac, Jolimont Sidings, Melbourne Goods Yard & South Dynon. 1962-1965.
ROLL B. Puffing Billy, February 1965.
ROLL 1. Menzies Creek, 22nd May & Newport Workshops, 23rd May 1965.
ROLL 2. Puffing Billy, June 1965.
ROLL 3. Puffing Billy, 31st July 1965.
ROLL 4. Diamond Valley Railway, Eltham, September 1965.
ROLL 5. Ballarat, Hamilton, Maroona & Ararat, 3rd - 5th January 1966.
ROLL 6. Ararat, Stawell, Warracknabeal & Ballarat, 5th- 7th January 1966. McKinnon, 9th January 1966.
ROLL 7. Flinders Street, Spencer Street & Newport, September 1966.
ROLL 8. A.R.E. Excursion to Fyansford, 10th September 1966.
ROLL 9. A.R.H.S. “Farewell N-Class”, Excursion to Ballan, 8th October 1966.
ROLL 10. Diamond Valley Railway, Eltham, 18th December 1966.
ROLL 11. McKinnon, 1st January 1967. Echuca - Deniliquin & Bendigo – Eaglehawk, 2nd - 3rd January 1967.
ROLL 12. Korong Vale – Kulwin, 3rd – 4th January 1967.
ROLL 13. Korong Vale – Robinvale, 4th – 5th January 1967.
ROLL 14. Koondrook - Kerang, Swan Hill – Kooloonong, 6th January 1967.
ROLL 15. Dimboola, Pimpinio, St. Arnaud & Pinaroo, 11th – 12th January 1967.
ROLL 16. A.R.E. Excursion to Timboon, 11th February 1967.
ROLL 17. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Ballarat & Suburbs via Geelong & Ballan, 25th February 1967.
ROLL 18. A.R.E. Excursion to Stratford, 22nd April 1967.
ROLL 19. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Mortlake, 6th May 1967.
ROLL 20. A.R.E. Excursion to Culcairn, 20th May 1967.
ROLL 21. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Echuca, 11th June 1967.
ROLL 22. Diamond Valley Railway, Eltham, 2nd July 1967. Glenroy, 4th July 1967.
ROLL 23. A.R.E. Excursion to Skipton, 22nd July 1967.
ROLL 24. Newport Workshops & Geelong, 30th July 1967.
ROLL 25. A.R.E. Excursion to Bittern, 5th August 1967. Spencer Street & North Ballarat, 13th August 1967.
ROLL 26. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Hurstbridge, 26th August 1967.
ROLL 27. V.S.R.C.A. Excursion to Healesville, 30th August 1967.
ROLL 28. A.R.E. Excursion to Wonthaggi, 9th September 1967.
ROLL 29. Flinders St., Spencer St.& Caulfield-Glen Huntly, 8th, 14th & 21st October 1967.
ROLL 30. A.R.H.S. Excursion to St. Arnaud – 100th Tour, 18th November 1967.
ROLL 31. A.R.H.S. Excursion to St. Arnaud – 100th Tour, 18th November 1967.
ROLL 32. McKinnon, Flinders St. & Spencer St., 29th November. Vintage Train Excursion to Queenscliff, 2nd December 1967.
ROLL 33. Seymour, Bowser – Peechelba East & Bowser – Beechworth Lines, 1st – 2nd January 1968.
ROLL 34. Bowser – Bright & Wodonga – Cudgewa Lines, 3rd – 4th January 1968.
ROLL 35. Cudgewa, Geelong & Ballarat, 4th – 7th January 1968.
ROLL 36. Murtoa, Stawell & Ararat, 8th January 1968.
ROLL 37. Sale, Dandenong, Stony Point, Mornington, Cobram & Tocumwal, 10th – 12th January 1968.
ROLL 38. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Shelbourne, 20th January 1968.
ROLL 39. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Waubra, 29th January 1968.
ROLL 40. A.R.E. Excursion to Deniliquin, 3rd February 1968.
ROLL 41. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Ararat via Cressy, 17th February 1968.
ROLL 42. A.R.E. Excursion to Port Melbourne, Glen Waverley & North Fitzroy Lines, 2nd March 1968.
ROLL 43. McKinnon, Toorak, Montague & Flinders St., 30th March – 20th April 1968.
ROLL 44. North Melbourne & South Dynon, 20th April 1968.
ROLL 45. Carey G.S. Excursion to Yallourn, Traralgon & Mirboo North, 4th May 1968.
ROLL 46. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Beaufort Steam Traction Engine Rally, 10th May 1968.
ROLL 47. S.K.A.R.E. Excursion to Patchewollock, 8-10th June 1968. Flinders St. Station, 16th June 1968.
ROLL 48. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Port Melbourne, Windsor & Warragul, 16th June 1968.
ROLL 49. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Fyansford, 6th July 1968.
ROLL 50. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Fyansford, 6th July 1968.
ROLL 51. Sunbury, Clarkefield & Carlsruhe, 29th July 1968. Ormond, 4th August 1968. South Dynon, 10th August 1968.
ROLL 52. Daylesford Line, 10th August 1968.
ROLL 53. A.R.E. Excursion to Maryborough, 17th August 1968.
ROLL 54. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Daylesford, 31st August. Traralgon, 7th September 1968.
ROLL 55. McKinnon & Ormond, 21st September 1968.
ROLL 56. Railway Museum North Williamstown & Aspendale, 29th September. Exhibition; “Railways on Review”, 8th October 1968.
ROLL 57. A.R.E. Excursion to Ballarat and Trams, 12th October 1968.
ROLL 58. A.R.E. Excursion to Ballarat and Trams, 12th October 1968.
ROLL 59. Yea, 19th October 1968. Ballarat, Ararat & Murtoa, 26th – 27th October 1968.
ROLL 60. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Bolangum, 27th October 1968.
ROLL 61. A.R.H.S. Excursion; Last Train to Heathcote, 9th November 1968.
ROLL 62. Spencer St. & Heathcote Junction, 23rd November 1968. Caulfield, 24th November 1968.
ROLL 63. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Wonthaggi and State Coal Mine, Kirrak, 14th December 1968.
ROLL 64. Murtoa, Horsham, Dimboola & Serviceton, 23rd – 24th December 1968.
ROLL 65. Horsham – Goroke, 24th December. Dimboola, 25th – 26th December 1968.
ROLL 66. Yaapeet Line, 27th December 1968. Oaklands Line, 29th December 1968. Penshurst Line, 31st December 1968.
ROLL 67. Penshurst, Yanac, Hamilton-Horsham Line, Newlyn Line & East Ballarat Loco, 31st December 1968 – 3rd January 1969.
ROLL 68. Portland, 7th & 9th January. Casterton & Ararat, 8th January. Coleraine, 9th January, 1969.
ROLL 69. Heywood – Mt Gambier Line, 10th January 1969.
ROLL 70. Bendigo, 6th January 1969.
ROLL 71. Traralgon, 11th January. Albury, 12th January. McKinnon, 19th, 26th January & 15th February 1969.
ROLL 72. Ballarat, 3rd January. Horsham, 5th January. Korong Vale & Bendigo, 6th January 1969.
ROLL 73. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Orbost, 22nd February 1969. Altona & Geelong, 16th March, 1969.
ROLL 74. Railway Postage Stamps, 21st February 1969.
ROLL 75. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Timboon, 29th March 1969.
ROLL 76. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Timboon, 29th March 1969.
ROLL 77. A.R.E. Excursion to Yarram, 12th April 1969.
ROLL 78. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Ballarat, 20th April 1969. S.P.C.C. Excursion to Healesville, 4th May 1969.
ROLL 79. A.R.E. Excursion to Cohuna, 17th May 1969.
ROLL 80. A.R.H.S. 50th Anniv. Electrification Sandringham – Essendon, 24th May 1969. Goulburn Valley Line, 1st June 1969.
ROLL 81. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Echuca, 15th June 1969.
ROLL 82. Broadmeadow, 28th June 1969.
ROLL 83. Broadmeadow, 28th June 1969. N.S.W.R.T.M. Excursion to Riverwood and Metropolitan Colliery, 29th June 1969.
ROLL 84. Moss Vale, Sydney – Broadmeadow, 28th June 1969.
ROLL 85. Goulburn, 30th June 1969.
ROLL 86. N.S.W.R.T.M. Excursion to Riverwood and Metropolitan Colliery, 29th June 1969.
ROLL 87. Goulburn & Junee, 30th June 1969. S.P.C.C. Mystery Excursion, 6th July 1969.
ROLL 88. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Melbourne Suburban Industrial Sidings, 12th July 1969.
ROLL 89. A.R.E. Excursion to Picola, 26th July 1969. Woodend & Daylesford, 10th August 1969.
ROLL 90. A.R.H.S./A.R.E. Excursion to Linton/Colac, 30th August 1969.
ROLL 91. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Tumbarumba, 21st September 1969.
ROLL 92. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Tumbarumba, 21st September 1969.
ROLL 93. A.R.E. Excursion to Long Island, Naval Base & Stony Point, 27th September 1969.
ROLL 94. Bentleigh, Graham & Fairfield, 2nd November 1969.
ROLL 95. Greensborough & Caulfield, 2nd November 1969. Heathcote Junction, 15th November 1969. Belgrave, 23rd November 1969.
ROLL 96. Puffing Billy, 23rd November 1969.
ROLL 97. A.R.E. Excursion to Merriwa, NSW, 29th November 1969.
ROLL 98. A.R.E. Excursion to Merriwa, NSW, 29th November 1969.
ROLL 99. A.R.E. Excursion to Merriwa, NSW, 30th November 1969.
ROLL 100. A.R.E. Excursion to Merriwa, NSW, 30th November 1969.
ROLL 101. A.R.E. Excursion to Merriwa, NSW, 30th November-1st December 1969.
ROLL 102. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Nyora, 13th December 1969. A.R.E. Excursion to Queenscliff, 14th December 1969.
ROLL 103. Albury, Springhurst - Wahgunyah, Murchison East - Colbinabbin & Girgarre Lines, 29th – 31st December 1969.
ROLL 104. Numurkah, Seymour & Tocumwal, 1st January 1970. Swan Hill – Kooloonong, 2nd January 1970.
ROLL 105. Craigieburn – Seymour, 4th January 1970.
ROLL 106. Seymour & Numurkah, 4th January 1970. Katamatite Line, 5th January 1970.
ROLL 107. Mildura & Merbein, 7th January 1970. Echuca, 12th January 1970.
ROLL 108. Echuca & Bendigo, 12th January 1970. Charlton & Wycheproof, 13th January 1970.
ROLL 109. Wycheproof-Korong Vale, 13th January. Wedderburn Junction – Wedderburn, 14th January. Ararat Line, 17th January 1970.
ROLL 110. Murtoa, 17th January. Ballarat & Horsham, 18th January. Belmont Common Railway & Geelong, 26th January. Mornington, 1st February 1970.
ROLL 111. Mornington - Frankston, 1st February 1970. Geelong & Ballarat, 9th March 1970.
ROLL 112. A.R.E. Excursion to Stratford, 14th March 1970.
ROLL 113. A.R.H.S. Excursion to Barry Beach, 11th April 1970.
ROLL 114. A.R.E. Excursion to Ballarat via Geelong & Ballan, 23rd May 1970.
ROLL 115. Mansfield & Yea, 15th June 1970.
ROLL 116. A.R.H.S. S.A. Railway Museum & Glenelg Trams, Adelaide, 3rd January 1971. Marino, S.A., 4th January 1970. Puffing Billy, 27th March 1970.
ROLL 117. Spencer St. & Hallam. April1973.
ROLL 119. South Dynon, April. 1973.
ROLL XX. Early Slides. Erica & Thomson. 1966.
ROLL AA. Somerton & Spencer Street, 1973.
ROLL AB. Werribee, Warragul-Moe, Somerton & South Dynon, 1974.
ROLL AC. Caulfield, 1974 & 1975. Heathcote Junction, January 1975.
ROLL AG. Ararat. 1975.
ROLL AH. Windsor, Spencer Street. North Melbourne, & Devonport (Tas). 1976.
ROLL AI. Burnie. (Tas). 1976.
ROLL AJ. Zeehan & Hobart. (Tas). 1976.
ROLL AL. Deloraine & Mole Creek. (Tas). 1976.
ROLL AO. Sydney-Newcastle. 1976.
ROLL AP. Newcastle-Broadmeadow. 1976.
ROLL AQ. Sydney, Circular Quay & Melbourne. January 1977.
ROLL AR. Brighton-Penzance. (UK). 6th April 1978.
ROLL AS. Penzance-Bristol. 7th April 1978. Swansea-Shrewsbury, 8th April 1978.
ROLL AT. Shrewsbury, Crewe, Liverpool, Ormskirk, Preston-Barrow, 10th April 1978.
ROLL AU. Barrow-Georgemas Junction, 11th-12th April 1978.
ROLL AV. Thurso-Kyle of Lochalsh, 12th-14th April 1978.
ROLL AW. Edinburgh & York, 16th April 1978.
ROLL AX. York-Leeds-Sheffield-Birmingham, 17th April 1978. Birmingham-March, 18th April 1978.
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This collection of railway photographs is as limited as any photograph can be. Technically, it is challenging since not only is the subject often moving, but it’s also often very fast and sometimes in very little light. Even if by chance I got the technique right, the picture still couldn’t show the noise and the smells of a large active steam locomotive engine depot. It can’t show the combined taste of railway coffee and fruitcake eaten standing up in haste in a crowded railway refreshment room early in the morning.
I can’t show the difficulties in getting to some of the places to take photos. I once went to sleep in a Z-van rather than miss its 4:00 am departure to Yaapeet. I caught the train o.k. but the guard caught a fright at discovering a body in his van. Then there was the night I slid all over the wooden floor of a ZLP guard’s van, between Ballarat and Mildura, on a fast freight whilst trying to sleep in my sleeping bag. I had so many splinters I felt like a cocktail olive – and I have never woken up so seedy in all my life. We once caught the Rail Motor to Cohuna at night to be welcomed by the largest, most bloodthirsty mosquitoes I had ever seen. We caught the next bus out of town – yes, we were that desperate.
literally, passenger rail travel in those days made you stink, and freight rail
travel – especially when steam hauled, made you stink very badly. I would have
a shower after a week of travelling by goods train and just watch in amazement
as the water turned black for the first few minutes. But I can’t show the joy
that sometimes came as a result of my travails as when, for example, travelling
between Mildura and Merbein on the Postal Trolley, after a particularly seedy
overnight trip, the ganger stopped the trolley between orange orchards, nipped
over the fence and grabbed about half a dozen of the largest, sweetest,
juiciest oranges I have ever tasted. A night cab ride in an S-class diesel
locomotive pulling the
We were conscious that we were recording history, something that would not exist for very much longer. We knew that steam was not going to last more than five years at best. We thought most branch lines would close in the next 10 years – it actually took a little less than 20. We knew that 60-year-old passenger carriages would not last much longer and that wagons and vans whose builder’s plate showed they were built the previous century, were existing on a mix of governmental neglect and inadequate funding. I must admit to now being a little surprised that, aside from interstate and suburban passenger rail, railways exist at all, but those that do are only hanging on by the slimmest of margins. Yet, with the freight task expected to double by 2030, oil demand outstripping supply, and concerns about the environment, rail should be reinvogirated and once again take its rightful role as the main trunk freight carrying service, but government is sadly neglectful despite appearing supportive of rail.
I photographed everything; track, signs, lamps, wheels, signal boxes, railway men and women – a mate of mine specialised in railway station toilets. Anything that was involved with railways was a candidate for a negative. And I collected. Old VR News Letters, Goods Rates books, Rules and Regulations, General Appendixes, Working Time Tables, truck consignment labels, Railways Parcels Stamps, Platform tickets, and my old favourite, the Weekly Notice (I once collected 750 Weekly Notices going back to 1945 that were stored in the roof of Woodend station. I was told that if I came 6 weeks earlier I would have got some going back to the 1920’s). It was anything I could afford or beg a railway staff member to part with. I almost got the Station Master at Rainbow to send me that station’s large old kerosene station lamp stored in the station’s ceiling. I even photographed diesels at a time when most rail-fans shunned anything that didn’t puff great volumes of smoke. Some diesels came pretty close, though.
So here is my collection and it’s my gift to the future. They’re not all pretty pictures because I have published the complete roll of film including the blurred, the obscured and the accidental - in fact anything that might be of some interest. It’s a true “warts and all” view with a few good shots in there with the bad and the just plain ugly. I hope you start your own collection. Photograph everything. Soon enough, it too will be gone. History needs to be recorded, because if we don’t know the direction we came from, we have no way of knowing where we are heading.
My thanks to Jeff Bounds, for helping to determine many of the locations of where the pictures were taken.