We have three feature articles for the June edition of Newsrail:
- New long-distance VLocity: with the completion of the North East Line Upgrade by 2021, a new fleet of standard-gauge VLocity carriages will be operating Albury services at speeds of up to 130km/h. Compared to the existing VLocity fleet, the new variant features a significantly revised interior design that better suits the needs of the long-distance passenger, with catering facilities, folding tables, USB charging and mobile boosting facilities, to name a few features.
- June 2020 marks 100 years since the opening of the Kulwin railway line, a railway through Mallee wheat-growing districts which today still remains, albeit closed to traffic beyond Sea Lake. We present a concise history of the line and the district, illustrated by a wonderful collection of historic photographs from the 1960s to the 21st Century.
- The Selkirk Siding: an interesting history of both the Selkirk brickworks in Ballarat and the railway siding that was built to service it. It is a tale of a local industry that flourished as a result of its connection to the railway network, but which ultimately found new technologies that did away with the need for that rail connection.
There’s also an update on the work being done to restore Australian Standard Garratt locomotive G33 to operating condition, news on the reopening of the Dimboola-Rainbow section of the Yapeet line, comprehensive details of recent works on the Warrnambool line, along with tramway news, calendar anniversaries, letters from readers and the always-interesting “Where is it?” photo.
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This month’s wrap-around cover photo features a pair of GM Class locomotives hauling the AK inspection cars, and was taken by Marcus Wong.