Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

1978

March
1978
Efforts by Society to preserve locomotives publicised in Castlemaine Mail and Bendigo Advertiser.
Local M.P's back project on TV.
Maldon Shire reaffirms support at meeting with Society.
Discussions with Minister of Planning re project as line preservation is an integral part of township.
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June
1978
Submission by CMRPS presented to State Government that Society take over Maldon Line and operate tourist trains.
 

July
1978
Meeting at Maldon with Secretary Major Tourist Attractions Committee re project. 2 weeks later Vic Rail informs Society that the scrapping of steam locomotives will cease.
Castlemaine and Maldon Councils again indicate support.
Minister for Planning advises he is aware of support for the project.
Hon. D. Crozier, Minister for Development Decentralization and Tourism accompanied by several local MP's visits Castlemaine to meet deputation. The Minister indicates favorably.
Representatives from Society, Castlemaine and Maldon received publicity on local radio and news media.
Support for project from Director of North Central Regional Tourist Authority.
 

October
1978
Deputation meets Minister of Transport, McClelland, who said that once the Society has proven it is capable of organizing work parties and maintenance, the Minister will be prepared to make available 1 loco and carriage for a trial period.
Rail Motor purchased from Vic Rail. (?)
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