Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

1985

January
1985
Bearings from locomotive motion re-metalled and machined.
Work on shunter to being into operating condition.
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February
1985
David Kennedy MLA requests update on Society's activities, and visits Castlemaine for inspection of progress.
Discussions with 150th Anniversary Committee officer.
Representatives of 150th meet Society executives at Castlemaine work area and Maldon Station.
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March-April
1985
Locomotive K160 restoration continues, painting etc.
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May
1985
Locomotive K160 - 2nd boiler Inspection - very good progress.
Ordinance Factory completes boiler stays - no charge.
Track gang sprays entire track Maldon - Castlemaine.
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June-July
1985
K160 Boiler repairs and fitting continue full speed.
Maldon Shire pledges $7,500 per year for next 4 years.
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August
1985
Society requests financial commitment from Maldon Business Association as a sign of their support for the project.
Local TV Station airs news item on project.
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September
1985
Society receives final 150th payment.
Hydrostatic test carried out on K160 Boiler.
Refitting of valves, rods, cladding continues.
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October
1985
Crawford Productions requests hire of 2 carriages for filming over Christmas at Korong Vale (not proceeded with).
V/Line Publicity Department requests Society involvement at ceremony in Castlemaine to celebrate opening of refurbished No.1 Station building and surrounds.
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November
1985
Ministry of Transport officials request progress report.
Order-in-Council prepared.
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December
1985
2 Carriages completed, ready for use at Maldon.
Locomotive K160 re-assembly going well
Locomotive J541 arrives at Castlemaine from Melbourne
Castlemaine Bicentennial Committee requested by Society to consider the restoration of one of the Locomotives as a community project for the Australian Bicentenary.
Work on K160 continues over Christmas with all speed.
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