Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

2013

12th
May
2013
RM58 Trip to Maldon - The day saw Diesel Electric Rail Motor Preservation Association Victoria operated 58RM travel from Melbourne to Maldon and return. 58RM crossed the regular VGR services on two occassion at Muckleford during the day.

23rd
June
2013
D3639, Macedon and 80BW on VGR, K190 and 67BW return to Steamrail - After 40 years D3639 revisits Maldon. D3639 conveyed the resorted carriage 'Macedon' and 80BW, both for use on regular VGR services, from the Steamrail Newport Depot. D3639 spent several months over the winter of 2013 on the VGR, running crew familiarity and special trains.

The 23rd also saw K190's return to Melbourne along with carriage 67BW which has been used on VGR trains since arriving during the Spring of 2012
 

20th
October
2013
J549 back in steam - After a 9 year overhaul, J549 underwent trials on Monday the 20th of October. Works had included new tyres on the pony truck and coupled wheels, new smokebox barrel, re-boring of the cylinders, motion gear bearings re-metaled and re-profiling of the tender bogie wheels. J549 underwent light engine movements in Maldon yard before running to Muckleford and return with Y133. Load tests were conducted over the following weeks. J549 joined the events of the 26th of October.

26th
October
2013
Maldon Steam Spectacular - Steamrail Victoria and the VGR operate a special tour from Melbourne to Maldon and return. R761-K190 hauled the train from Melbourne to Castlemaine. VGR carriage 42BU was added to the consist before K190 & J515 hauled the train to Muckleford. At Muckleford J515 swapped with J549 (which had earlier operated a Wedding Charter from Maldon to Muckleford) for the run to Maldon. J549 & D3639 returned the train to Muckleford, after a change of locomotive order D3639 lead J549 to Castlemaine. At Castlemaine J549 and 42BU were shunted off and the D3 turned. R761 with D3639 returned the train to Melbourne. K190 remained at Maldon for a further season on the VGR. Photos and further details.