October Newsrail – a special 40-page edition – features a series of articles concerning the Bendigo Locomotive Depot, including stories from three former employees whose time there dated from the late 1940s to the early 1990s. These stories are beautifully illustrated as a result of the discovery of a photo collection by George Coop, who took many photographs of the depot in the early 1960s when its turntable was surrounded by Ks, Ns and Js, and Rs were stabled just outside, all awaiting their next assignment. These photos are supplemented by some beautiful images from Geoff Oliver, Brian Goodwin, and Weston Langford. Our cover image is from the collection of the Geelong and South West Railway Heritage Society.
As was our experience last year when preparing a special edition focussed on the North Melbourne Locomotive Depot, there is something of a scarcity of published information on the depot and for this reason, we have also compiled a concise history. We’ve also reproduced in high-resolution A3 format on our centre pages an aerial photograph, circa 1930, by the famous photographer, Charles Daniel Pratt.
There’s also your favourite columns:
- Calendar anniversaries
- News and announcements (including V/Locity design awards and a new push to restore rail to Mt Gambier)
- Rolling stock (including CLF/CLP reactivation news)
- PTV stats
- Rail works
- Operations and sightings (including details of the new Peaco and containerised log services)
- Preservation news
- Taildisc (with a little extra V/Line orange)