Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

1998

January
1998
Victorian Minister for Transport visits VGR for discussions with CMRPS representatives at Maldon Station.
 

February
1998
Victorian Premier visits Mount Alexander Shire Council CMRPS submits presentation document concerning Muckleford-Castlemaine Link to the Premier.
Castlemaine - Former Refreshment Room used for CMRPS members meeting. Temporary lighting & power installed.
 

1998
Maldon - Former VR Departmental Residence, first house east of station in Hornsby Street, purchased by CMRPS using members donations & loans to raise deposit and fees. Bank loan with National Australia Bank. Residence to be leased to assist in covering loan repayments.
 

Easter
1998
Maldon - Exhibition of paintings by Peter Gasson, depicting draft horses at work. Exhibition is held over a period of one month in the Maldon Goods Shed. Mr. Gasson donates a painting for first prize in fund raising raffle. Exhibition entrance fees and commission on sale of paintings to VGR. Extensive publicity organized by Marketing Officer included items in The Weekly Times, Royalauto, Bendigo Advertiser.
 

1998
Maldon - Former VR water tank recommissioned. Tank lined with fiberglass. In-ground piping extended to CMRPS installed water crane and made effective. Repairs to water crane completed. New 1" supply (with meter)from Coliban Water main installed with float valve fitted to tank inlet. J549 was the first locomotive to be watered from the renewed facility.
 

1998
Tables for use on meal trains fitted to 16 & 30 BCPL. Tables can be removed when cars used in normal service.
 

1998
Member's meal train.
 

1998
Castlemaine - VicRoads commences work on lowering road carriageway under Pyrenees Highway Bridge. 
 

1998
Rail Safety Accreditation achieved by CMRPS. 
 

1998
Maldon - Pendant electric lamp installed in Station Masters Office.
 

1998
Castlemaine - Island platform Booking Office in use by Marketing Officer as Marketing Office. Telephone & Fax lines connected. Additional power outlets installed.
 

July
1998
SteamFreight '98 - 11th Saturday 14 train movements involving K160, J549, T333, 61RM and all available stock (passenger & goods) - 12th Sunday 12 trains as above.
CMRPS - 1998 Annual General Meeting held at Northern Hotel, Castlemaine.
 

August
1998
VGR Catering Seminar held at Maldon
Locomotive J549 - Annual boiler inspection
Castlemaine - Turntable Restoration - work commenced on new timbers, etc.
 

4th
September
1998
Museum Accreditation Program - Review panel visits VGR at Maldon
 

30th
November
1998
Visit to VGR by Labor State Shadow Minister for Housing and Youth Affairs, Mrs. Lynne Kosky MP on behalf of Shadow Minister for Tourism Rob Hulls MP