In our December 2020 edition we have two feature articles from authors well-known to Newsrail readers:
- John Anderson, who authored one of the main articles in our November 2019 North Melbourne Locomotive Depot edition, has written another nostalgic piece about his days as a schoolboy railfan. This time, he recounts his expedition out of suburban Melbourne (using the AEC railmotor that connected the then-Fawkner line to Somerton) to get a chance to see the Spirit out in the open countryside. John also shares some photos belonging to his friend Roger Parish, who as a schoolboy went on similar expeditions with his father, who, fortunately for us, brought his trusty Kodak Box Brownie.
- Norman Houghton has another of his fascinating profiles of a long-gone station, this time it’s Emu, situated between Maryborough and St Arnaud on the Mildura line. Today it’s just a passing loop, but as Norman shows, it was once a relatively busy transport hub for local communities. More recently, it was also the site of a major derailment.
There’s also your favourite columns:
News and announcements
Rolling stock (with recent news on C501, S311, and PN XR and X class)
Preservation (with an update on the ASG locomotive restoration)
Photo in focus (looking at a wonderful image of the Outer Circle Railway)
This month’s striking front cover photo was provided by Croft Structures, builders of the beautiful roof that forms the new Shed 21 at Bombardier’s Dandenong South facility.