Our July edition is a little different from most of our recent editions. There’s no single big feature article, but four “mini” features:
- The 1920 Royal Tour revisited: Following on from the centenary we noted in our May edition, Michael Guiney presents some fascinating details on the special arrangements for the Prince’s Royal Train, including details of the Special Train circular (“S”) notices. Additional photographs have been kindly provided by the Cressy & District History Group and the Camperdown & District Historical Society.
- Leongatha to Nyora dismantling: Mark Cauchi captures images of the former Great Southern Railway, the South Gippsland line and an update on planned works as contractors move in and begin to remove the rails.
- Murgheboluc: Now known to railfans more for the eponymous set of curves just down from the site of the former station, Murgheboluc once played a vital role in Australia’s World War 2 defences. Norman Houghton provides a concise history as part of his ‘Ghost Stations’ series.
- Gerald Dee Preservation for Posterity: Author John Fowler provides an account of the efforts of his friend and colleague, the late Gerald Dee, to preserve Victoria’s railway history.
We also have reinstated our ‘Rolling stock’ column to record some of the interesting changes already seen in recent months; with the allocation of A60 and A62 to SRHC and 707 Operations being of greatest interest to many.
We publish a series of photographs sent in from Newsrail readers showing the extraordinary pace of works at the former Mentone Station site, where the railway is being sunk beneath nearby Balcombe Road, the station moved 150 metres further along the line, and the heritage-listed former station buildings incorporated into a new “heritage bridge”.
Our Preservation column features progress by the Yarra Valley Railway on repairs to the roof and bodywork of “Super DERM” RM55, which is now under restoration at Healesville after a previous stint at the former South Gippsland Railway.
And of course all your other favourite columns are there:
- News & Announcements
- Rail works
- PTV reliability
- Sightings and operations
- Where is it?
Our cover photo this month is by Joshua Doyle.