In our December 2020 edition

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:

  • December anniversaries
  • News and announcements
  • Rolling stock (with recent news on C501, S311, and PN XR and X class)
  • PTV reliability
  • Tramways
  • Preservation (with an update on the ASG locomotive restoration)
  • Photo in focus (looking at a wonderful image of the Outer Circle Railway)
  • Taildisc

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.

 

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