Our September edition has a dramatic cover photograph, courtesy of Max Thum, of the restored Tait set undergoing test runs around the Melbourne suburban network on 1 August. Inside, our Preservation column features an update on some of the work undertaken to ready the Tait set for operation on the Melbourne suburban network and some words from Elecrail Manager Kevin Clark on the success of the tests.
We have a wonderful collection of photographic features for our readers.
- Mark Cauchi presents a further update to his Ballarat Racecourse Line article of 2020, with an additional series of photographs of the line, including some images from the 1940s, when A2 locomotives hauled race trains and horseboxes to the racecourse station.
- Bruce McLean presents a report and an amazing collection of photos of a derailment involving D2.711 near Pinnaroo that occurred on 16 November 1937, which keen Victorian railfans will note as the day before the Spirit of Progress made its debut run. The humble D2 stuck in a sand drift seems a world away from the glamorous streamliner that was about to set an Australian rail speed record.
- Our centre pages show a stunning photograph from Scott Gould of R761 ascending Ingliston Bank with the V/Line H Set cars on 31 July
- And we have Part Two of Terry Norton’s article “Don’t leave it too late”, with Terry’s reminiscences of journeys on Victorian rail over the decades.
Our News column covers the delivery of the first of the standard gauge VLocity fleet for testing, and news on the Suburban Rail Loop and proposed Metro Two Tunnel.
And all our other columns are there:
- Rail works
- PTV reliability
- Operations and sightings
- Where is it?