Victorian Goldfields Railway
Victorian Goldfields Railway

2014

20th
January
2014
K160 to Steamrail Newport for Overhaul - K160 was conveyed by road to the Steamrail facilities at Newport Workshops for a major overhaul. K160 which had performed sterling service on the VGR since the re-opening in 1986 was by this time well due for significant works. The main internal steam pipe failed during a test steaming at Newport shorly after the transfer.

15th
June
2014
Derailment in Castlemaine to Maldon Junction section - The 11:45am train from Castlemaine to Maldon derailed in the Castlemaine to Maldon Junction section. K190 was hauling 41BU, 700BK, Macedon and Tambo when the derailment occurred between Rowe Street and Maclise Street. There were no injuries to passengers or crew. Derailed vehicles were rerailed and transferred to Maldon for mechanical inspection during the following week. Track repairs enabled resumption of services into Castlemaine the following Sunday. TSV and VGR investigations were initiated.
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15th / 16th / 17th
August
2014
Maldon Weekender - A Railfan's Delight - The weekend was another weekend of firsts for the VGR and Steamrail. K153 and T356 hauled a train of mainly sleeping cars from Melbourne and crossed to the VGR in the early hours of Saturday morning. T356 was stabled at Castlemaine. K190 joined the train which left Castlemaine just as dawn was breaking for a run through to Muckleford. A photostop was conducted at Muckleford, then it was on to Maldon for a cooked breakfast served on the platform. Enthusiasts noted what was believed to be the first visit to Maldon of a Southern Aurora sleeping car with LAN2354 being part of the train. After shunting the sleeping cars away from the platform, it was time for a day of railfan heaven with mixed consists, double-heading including tender-to-tender running and lots of photostops. The day finished with an evening run to Castlemaine for dinner at the Railway Hotel followed by a K double-headed run back to Maldon with a listening stop held at Pipeline Crossing. Sunday morning saw three locos in steam at Maldon with both Ks being prepared to head back to Melbourne and J549 being readied for the regular VGR Sunday duties. The Steamrail train was double-headed by the Ks to Castlemaine, and later, hauled by K153, K190 and T356, headed off to Melbourne after hand over to the mainline crews.

19th
October
2014
Answering the Call - August 2014 marked the centenary of the commencement of what was known until 1939 as The Great War. The VGR contributed to the celebrations by re-enacting a Troop Train which, in that era, would have transported men and women from Central Victoria to Melbourne and then to other parts of the world. A train hauled by D3639 and J515 accompanied by a crowd of about 300 people assembled at Castlemaine. Many were in costume of the Edwardian period. Contingents from the Australian Great War Association, Creswick Light Horse and Victoria Police Historical Society also joined in the event. A considerable number of people were waiting at level crossings waving the Australian Red Ensign, getting into the spirit of the occasion, this was unplanned.

13th
December
2014
Re-enactment of Thompsons Foundary Dd893 "Steaming-Out" event - On Saturday the 12 December 1914 Dd893 steamed-out from the Thompson & Co. Foundary at Castlemaine. Dd893 was the first of 40 Dd class locomotives manuafactured by Thompsons for the Victorian Railways. On Saturday the 13th December 2014 D3639 (bearing reproduction Dd893 plates) re-enacted the event by "steaming-out" from the VGR carriage shed in Castlemaine Yard. As with the event 100 years earlier, the Thompsons Foundry Band played as the spectators gathered and watched the locomotive steam-out from the shed.

18th / 19th
December
2014
10 Years of VGR Trains into Castlemaine - The 18th of December marked 10 years since the operation of the first VGR train into Castlemaine Station on Saturday the 18th of December 2004. Operation of regular VGR trains into Castlemaine commenced the following day, Sunday the 19th December 2004. Running into Castlemaine Station followed the reconstruction project between Muckleford and Castlemaine commenced in 2001.