March 2022 Newsrail is one we’re incredibly proud of. We feature the second part of Nick Anchen’s feature article interviewing 94-year-old former Warragul engineman Ray Johns, but we’ve saved the best for last!
In this edition, Ray talks about his time driving and firing on the mountain railway to Noojee, a line of steep grades, sharp curves, and incredible scenery. Ray shares stories from a different time, when the world was a very different place, and these wonderful words are illustrated with a spectacular photographic selection, including several of the massive No. 2 and No. 4 bridges between Nayook and Noojee, both of which were sadly destroyed.
Further to our recent features on the Red Hill Line, we’re also publishing a piece sent in by the Balnarring & District Historical Society about the ‘Grimwade Bullet’, the local name given to the 5pm Stony Point passenger service.
Our News section covers a campaign for a standard gauge platform to be built at Sunshine to allow North East Line passengers to transfer to and from Melbourne Airport and Metro Tunnel services. We also look at the continuing decline of rail’s share of the freight task, the imminent commencement of track laying inside the Metro Tunnel, and significant timetable changes following duplication of the Cranbourne Line.
Our regular columns are there:
- Calendar anniversaries
- Photos in focus (showing Beech Forest Line construction)
- Rail works (with details on the removal of semaphore signals at Meredith)
- Operations and sightings
- PTV service quality
- Where is it?