Our special 40-page November 2022 edition is a treat for those who love Melbourne’s early electric trains, with two feature articles on this topic, each beautifully illustrated with photographs of the era.
Ian Cook, who wrote for our May 2019 Centenary of Electrification special edition, has authored another article on Melbourne’s Suburban Railway Electrification Scheme. This time, Ian looks at the year 1922, when the project peaked with eleven line sections and 179 kilometres of main line track electrified.
Mark Cauchi then presents a train-spotter’s record of Hawthorn Station in 1936. 86 years later, it is a fascinating record, capturing Kew Line services, Healesville/Warburton E Trains, electric suburban goods services, and records the roll-out of the then-new Rose Red and Moonstone Grey livery the VR was applying to its electric suburban fleet.
This month our Preservation column profiles recent events at Daylesford Spa Country Railway, which after having its line blocked by thousands of tons of fallen trees following a freak storm in June 2021, has now reopened and is pushing forward with the reconstruction of Bullarto Station and plans to extend the line to Trentham.
Operations and sightings captures once again the action on the wider Victorian network, as well as a special report on Portland operations.
And all our other regular sections are there:
- Calendar anniversaries
- News and announcements
- General works
- PTV service quality
- Where is it?