January Newsrail, the first edition of our Volume 50, our 50th year of continuous publication, features a beautiful twilight photograph by David Johnson of B61, a locomotive that this year will celebrate its 70th anniversary.
There’s quite a few interesting items in our News section, including an ATSB report on a near miss near Southern Cross Station, some words of caution from Grattan Institute on the economic cost and benefit of the High Speed Rail and Melbourne Metro 2 proposals currently being touted, and latest developments in the construction of the Metro Tunnel and the introduction of High Capacity Signalling.
This month we have an interesting variety of features:
- Ian Jenkin presents two short articles, each extensively illustrated with a fascinating collection of photographs, maps and plans, concerning Caulfield Station and its surrounds. One article looks at the development of the suburbs in the Caulfield and Malvern area in the interwar years, and the other looks at the infrastructure of Caulfield Station itself, including additional platforms for the loading and unloading of horses… and even pigs!
- Andrew Blair, who is familiar to Newsrail readers for the many long-distance journeys across Victoria he undertook in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, and the railway history he captured through his camera lens, has written an article that details the many acts of kindness he experienced from railway staff on those travels. That kindness included in some cases the permission or assistance railway staff afforded him to capture a particular moment in a photograph. As is so often the case for Andrew’s articles, the scenes of once-everyday railway life captured in those photographs are not repeatable, and are unforgettable.
- Ian Campbell presents a short article concerning his childhood visits to Moutajup in the state’s west, a rail journey that required special arrangements for the train to stop at the scarcely-used Moutajup Station, and sometimes the rain of oil droplets from an oil-burning J or N Class locomotive!
We have all the usual columns:
- Calendar anniversaries
- News and Announcements
- Rail works
- PTV reliability
- Operations and sightings (including some interesting details on recent service disruptions on the Warrnambool Line)
- Where is it?