Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

2002

January
2002
Castlemaine - new turntable road completed. New track ballasted and major portion of work tamped during special effort over weekend of the 20th & 21st in conjunction with Contractor Tamping machine.
 

February
2002
Castlemaine - Initial Trackwork required at Castlemaine completed. VGR tamper used for some areas not completed in January. Signalling work awaits completion of design work.
 

2nd
March
2002
Castlemaine Turntable - Restoration completed with the fitting of the locking mechanism.
 

March
2002
Rails-to-Castlemaine - First Work-for-the-Dole Scheme (for work on restoration of track to Castlemaine) commences. Supervisor, Trevor Maylor, appointed. Scheme operates two days per week. Commence task of drilling approx. 11,000 sleepers for use in track relaying.
 

March - April
2002
Track Relaying - laying of track from 'up' side of Farmer's Bridge continues.
 

5th
May
2002
Walmer Road Bridge - Restoration completed. An excellent job by VGR Volunteer Bridge Gang.

17th
May
2002
Winter's Flat Bridge- Restoration completed during the week ended 17th May, 2002. Excellent job by VGR Full-Time Bridge Gang.

May
2002
Track Relaying- reaches Gas Pipeline Crossing.

8th, 9th & 10th
June
2002
Track Relaying - Queens Birthday Weekend - 600 metres of new track laid from Gas Pipeline Crossing.

June
2002
Track Relaying - Track laid across Walmer Road Bridge on 22nd June and continues toward Farmer's Bridge.

22nd
July
2002
Sawmill Road (Prison Farm) Bridge - Restoration completed. Excellent job by VGR Full-Time Bridge Gang.

27th
July
2002
First Ballast Train operated on section of relaid track crossing over Walmer Road Bridge. Ballast laid for approximately 600 metres (extent of available track) from Walmer Road. Train consisted of K160 and four ballast wagons.

27th / 28th
July
2002
Track Relaying - reaches up side of Farmer's PCR.

13th
August
2002
Rifle Range Bridge - Restoration completed. Another excellant fob by the VGR Full-Time Bridge Gang.

30th
August
2002
Farmer's Bridge - Restoration completed. Joint effort of by VGR Full-Time and Volunteer Bridge Gangs.

31st
August -
1st
September
2002
Track Relaying - Track laid across Farmer's Bridge.

7th / 8th
September
2002
Track Relaying - Track laying reaches point just short of 82 mile post

14th
September
2002
Track Relaying - Gap between sections of relaid track near Farmer's Bridge eliminated.

September
2002
Rails-to-Castlemaine - First Work-for-the-Dole Scheme ends. Activities of the group included Sleeper Drilling, Track Laying & Maintenance on Running Section.
Rails-to-Castlemaine - Second Work-for-the-Dole Scheme commences - this scheme three days per week.
 



2002
Muckleford Goods Shed Originally the Goodshed at Winchelsea on the Geelong-Warrnambool Line, the building had been removed to the Geelong Campus of the Deakin University. In 2002 the building was offered by the Deakin University to the VGR. The University covered the cost of transport and placement in its present location. A community grant from the Bendigo Bank has seen electricty supply connected, repairs to external cladding, sheet flooring, provision of stairs to front and rear, internal fittings and purchase of tables and chairs. Funding was also sufficient to cover the cost of external painting and provision of a tank and stand. Contractors and Work-for-the-Dole workers have been involved in this project.Plans for use of the shed include functions, parties, an adjunct to train charters, corporate events as well as VGR training and social activities.
See photographs
 

28th & 29th
September
2002
Track Relaying - Reaches down side of Sawmill Road (Prison Farm) Bridge.

5th
October
2002
Track Relaying - Track laid across Sawmill (Prison Farm) Bridge.

October
2002
Rails-to-Castlemaine - Third Work-for-the-Dole Scheme commences - second WFD supervisor, Wally Beeby, appointed. This scheme three days per week with Scheme 2.
 

16th
October
2002
Track Relaying - Sawmill Road Crossing relaid. Joint effort of Work-for-the-Dole and Volunteer Gangs.

October
November
December
2002
Track Relaying - Track from Sawmill Road to Pyrenees Hwy Bridge lifted and roadbed to up side of Rifle Range Bridge graded. 900 metre section from Sawmill Road to Boundary Track relaid.

18th
November
2002
Pyrenees Highway Bridge - After preparation work during the week before, all three spans lifted from the bridge on Monday 18th November. The spans were transported to locations in Castlemaine for the repairs and painting. Work on centre span includes cross bracing repairs and fitting of new flanges to underside of beams.

14th / 15th
December
2002
Track Relaying - Boundary Track Crossing relaid. Rail head approx. 150 metres up side Boundary Track.