May 2 2022: Additional information has been sdded to the Double Line page. (MB)April 19 2022: A copy of the 1858 VR Rule Book has been added to the signalling page, courtesy of Chris Wurr. Over on the Public Time Table page, is also now a copy of an 1880 Time-table, courtesy of TROVE. (GW).
April 13 2022: I have some sad news. Yesterday Rob O'Regan passed away after a long illness. Rob was a good friend and longtime workmate. He was also a great contributor to this website. He made his vast collection of rollingstock photos available to anyone that asked. He will be sadly missed. (MB)April 12 2022: Courtesy of Steve Malpass, copies of the 1883 "Book of Circulars" and the 1900 "Appendix to the Book of Regulations and Working Time Table", (later known as the "General Appendix"), have been added to the Signalling page. (GW).
April 11 2022: The pages for Harcourt and Ravenswood have now been updated. The station histories, now being included on these pages, are very time consuming to consolidate. To also aid in their compilation, we have commenced a project of digitising an extensive amount of hand-written contemporary documentation. This in itself is quite a major undertaking, but is very much overshadowed by the mammoth task of transcribing all of the relevant information. If you think that you may be able to offer some assistance with this research, please let us know. (GW).
March 12 2022: A new page has been created to house photographs of Locomotives built prior to 1900, pending the creation of individual 'Class' pages for these. Thanks to Ross Goonan, for providing a couple of excellent pics from his family's collection, to start this off. (GW)
March 10 2022: Missing page from the Bairnsdale - Orbost sections has been found. The plans and sections have been split up to reduce download sizes. (MB)
March 09, 2022: Some additional photos have been added to the Bowser page, thanks to Neville Gee and Doug Miles. (GW)
Mar 06, 2022: Plan and Section Drawings for Sandhurst (Bendigo) to Echuca have been added to the Grades Book page. (GW)
Mar 05, 2022: A new Station page has been created for Bowser. Assistance from anyone with css/bootstrap expertise would be much appreciated, in order to resolve some formatting issues with these pages. More Plan and Section Drawings added to the Grades Book page, this time; Inglewood to Charlton Track Plans as well as 1864 'Trial Line' Plans and Sections for both Ballaarat to Maryborough and Castlemaine to Maryborough. (GW)
Mar 04, 2022: Plan and Section Drawings for Benalla to Wodonga have been added to the Grades Book page. The trend for large files continues. (GW)
Feb 23 2022: Chris Wurr has written an excellent article on the history and description of signalling on double lines. (MB)
Feb 19, 2022: The Castlemaine page has now been updated and includes separate entries for the Thompson's Foundry siding and Barkers Creek. Any photographs or information, particulartly for the latter, would be much appreciated. (GW)
Feb 17 2022: Three more Plan and Section drawings have been added to the Grades Book page, this time for the Bendigo Line. They are Chewton to Bendigo track plans, 1904, (from the Estate Office) and Melbourne to Bendigo section drawings and Melbourne to Ravenswood track plans, both dating from 1856. Again, they very large files. (GW)
Feb 13 2022: Plan and Section drawings for Bairnsdale to Orbost added to Grades Book page. (Be aware, this is a huge file, 700+MB) also note page 2 of the sections drawings is missing. (MB)
Feb 01, 2022: Pages for Taradale, Elphinstone and Chewton are now online. A new page featuring various 'incidents' at Riddells Creek has also been created, as a trial to keeping noteworthy and interesting day-to-day events separated from the station detail pages.
Jan 31, 2022: The Carlsruhe, Kyneton and Malmsbury pages have been updated. Thanks to Norm Bray, for some extra pics for the latter. A new page has also been added for Redesdale Junction, but content so far is non-existent. If you have any photos or data, please send it through.
Major re-structuring will commence soon on the whole ‘Gallery’ section, bear with us as this progresses.
Jan 26 2022: Station pages from Diggers Rest along the line through to Woodend have now been updated and re-coded. Brief station histories are now included, along with more links to allow for easier navigation.
Jan 24 2022: Just woken up to what year it now is!... Continuing along with the Bendigo line station upgrades, the Riddells Creek and Gisborne pages have now been updated, and a new page has been added for Clarkefield.
Jan 20 2021: The new apprentice has been busy again. This time, the Sunbury page has been tidied, with some more early pics added.
Jan 19 2021: Updates have been a bit slow for a while, as a new admin assistant learns the basics, (in baby steps), and teething problems are sorted. To kick off, the Woodend page has been tidied up a little and had a few new photos added.Nth Creswick to Daylesford and Horsham to Capolac pages.
Dec 10 2021: A new lineside page, this time the long closed Nth Creswick to Daylesford line, if you have any old photos of this line please send them for inclusion on this page. New photos and diagrams added to Buffet/Dining car page, Carlshrue to Daylesford line page.
Nov 15 2021: Doug Miles has sent some photos of Horsham in 1975, Neville Gee has filled in the gaps on the 102 Walker page, some historic photos of Coleraine Junction added to the Ararat - Portland page.
Nov 14 2021: A start has been made on a page describing Dining and Buffet cars, as usual, any corrections and additions are welcome. In particular I am after photos of the wooden Wimmera car, the steel Mitta Mitta and Moorabool cars pre 1983. I'm also looking for photos of Moyne and Kiewa.
Nov 5 2021: Neville Gee has again shared more of his amazing collection of VR station/train photos, this time we look at the cross country Hamilton to Koroit line. As usual, if you have any photos of this line before closure, feel free to send them for inclusion.
Nov 3 2021: Des Jowett has sent some great photos of Daylesford in the 1950s and info, with an aerial photo, about a siding at Daylesford that almost got built. Photos added to the GY, QB, QWF and WT pages.
Oct 28 2021: QB page has been made mobile device friendly with many new fascinating photos added.
Oct 25 2021: Nick Anchen has just released his latest book on the Victorian Railways "The Spirit of Blue & Gold" and its a beauty! A must have for all lovers of our beloved VR it can be ordered HERE. Be quick, Nick's previous VR books have all sold out.
Oct 17 2021: Photos added to the following pages, Yaapeet/Yanac, Carpolac, Coleraine, and a previously unseen photo of O wagons in pulverized brown coal traffic. We also have a convertible Z van and a naughty N class! Cressy line plans (75MB) put on the Cressy line page. Also, Ross has been busy adding many diagrams to the A - C and D - H index pages.
Oct 13 2021: We don't have 15 kilometre lockdown limits here! Today we travel 200+ miles from Melbourne to visit the Yaapeet and Yanac lines in far Western Victoria with many great photos from Neville Gee and Tony Smith.
Oct 8 2021: Des Jowett has sent two interesting items, an article on the special race trains VR ran for the annual Mt Gambier race meeting and an account, with newspaper cuttings, of the day The Overlands ran via Mt Gambier in 1953, also on the Mt Gambier page are 4 new photos from Geoff Winkler. 5 new photos added to the Avoca line page and new photos added to the Ravenswood and Castlemaine pages.
I have just been made aware of a book by the Landsborough Historical Society that contains a good history, and many high quality photos of the Ben Nevis to Navarre line. Their Facebook page is HERE and an email to Brett Leslie will secure you a copy.
Oct 5 2021: A new lineside page, this time we are off to the Mt Gambier line, profusely illustrated by Neville Gee (feel free to submit older photos of the Mt Gambier line for inclusion). 1924 Gross Tonnage map of the VR system in the map page. 1918 booklet explaining the meaning of VR station names on the Timeline page.
Oct 1 2021: To the Portland page I've added new photos by Neville Gee at Maroona, a 1963 signal arrangement of Maroona and a detailed plan showing Coleraine Junction loco courtesy Phil Dunn. New photos by Bob Wilson at Ballarat. New photo of Gheringhap with a very descriptive caption by Geoff Winkler.
Sep 29 2021: 24 new signal diagrams,signified by ***
Sep 27 2021: Neville Gee and Geoff Winkler have sent many photos of the Casterton line, of particular interest are the photos of the intermediate stations. New photos added to the: MF cattle wagons, DW water tank, TP bogie iced vans and KS timber wagons, pages. Rail motor services pdf for Ararat - Avoca.
Sep 22 2021: Many thanks to Steve Cleverdon for sending some amazing photos of Casterton taken by his grandfather Allan Cleverdon in 1927. Neville Gee has also added some photos of long lost locations to the Cressy line page. Peter Enlund has forwarded some great old photos of Wangaratta.
Sep 19 2021: A start has been made on the Casterton line page but unfortunately I haven't been able to source any photos other than those at Casterton, if you have any photos of intermediate stations, before closure, please send some. David Langley has sent a series of photos that wonderfully illustrate the procedure for using a Bank Engine Key for down trains out of Seymour. New photos added to the DDE page. Railmotor services pdf's added to Carpolac and Casterton pages.
Sep 17 2021: Peter Enlund copied a VR book at the PROV that contains comprehensive histories of rail motor services on various lines. I will be adding them as a pdf to the specific page, the first two are on the Portland (as a pdf) in the navigation bar) and Coleraine (as images at the bottom of the page). Photos added to the following pages: J class, DRC, Eaglehawk.
Sep 15 2021: Des Jowett has sent some great photos of D4 and D3 locos in regular service. Dr Clyde Croft has sent a pdf of the Bland report, a watershed document in the history of the Victorian Railways.
Sep 7 2021: A new page in the lineside series, this time we visit the Ararat to Portland line,(I would welcome any good quality photos of this line taken prior to 1985). Photos of L 1163 after it derailed and rolled over in 1985. New photos of Overland cars.
Sep 4 2021: A new page featuring photos and plans of the modern steel Overland cars has been made possible with the assistance of Stuart Hicks, owner of The Overland museum at Kaniva. I would welcome good quality colour scans of these cars taken prior to the mid 1980s. New General Arrangement diagrams of: H 220, J class, K class, N class, provided by Phil Dunn.
Sep 2 2021: Phil Dunn has provided General Arrangement drawings for: C class, A2 Stephenson and Walschaert ,NA Compound and Simple. I have also added a "About & Wanted" section that thanks the many contributors to this website and lists photos I am currently seeking for new pages. New photos added to the following pages: BE pass cars, Carpolac line,
Aug 31 2021: Another page in the lineside series, this time the Coleraine line in far western Victoria with many great photos from Neville Gee. (as usual, feel free to send any photos you have of this line.) Five new photos added to the Carpolac line including a photo of the 53 foot turntable being installed in 1958 by Bob Dunn and some great colour action shots on the line by Des Jowett.
Aug 29 2021: Des Jowett has provided a fascinating account of what was involved in turning a steam loco on a turntable that was too short for the engine and tender on the Carpolac page. Geoff Winkler has provided a photo and station history of Medina. New photos added to the Benalla and Seymour pages.
Aug 16 2021: Continuing with our series of line galleries, Neville Gee and Doug Miles have sent me photos of the entire line from Horsham to Carpolac.(if you have any photos to add to this page please send them) New photos added to the Leyland railcar and Barnawartha pages. Barnawartha.Aug 12 2021: New Chiltern page created, photos of Nhill added to Dimboola - Serviceton page, photos added to Golden Square page, photos added to Bendigo page. Plan and Section drawings of Cavendish to Toolondo and Noradjuha to Toolondo added to Grades book page.
Aug 5 2021: The Ballarat page has been made mobile device friendly with new photos added. New photos of Linton junction have been added to the Ballarat to Ararat page. David Langley has sent more timetables that have been added to the Timetables page.
July 28 2021: George Dragicevic has kindly supplied me with a pdf of the 1978 instructions for Fog Signalmen which can be found on the Signalling page. Chris Wurr has sent me some more photos on the Cressy line.
July 26 2021: David Foulkes, owner of Steam Era Models, has kindly scanned the booklet that the VR issued in 1954 to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the VR, it can be found in the Timeline section. David Langley has provided me with pdf's of many timetables for public holidays on the Timetables page. Many signal diagrams added.
July 22 (2) 2021: From the Harry Jackson collection comes the tour notes from the VR Commissioners inspection trips. They provide a fascinating insight into the day to day running of the VR. Nine have been scanned by his son William and uploaded with more to come. They can be found in the Timline section in the 1950's.
July 20 2021: 20 new signal diagrams added including a fascinating, Batman's Hill to Essendon Jct diagram from 1876. All new diagrams have a red ***
JULY 19 2021: Uploaded the VR report and Coroners findings about the Southern Aurora crash in 1969 at Violet Town in the Timeline section, scroll down to 1969. Added a diagram of BCPL 11 on the PL car page, added some photos at Warrenheip to the Sunshine to Ballarat page, added photos to the Ararat page.
July 14 2021: A few years ago, several very dedicated VR enthusiasts scanned all known copies of the VR magazine (1924 - 1930) and VR Newsletters (1931 - 1979). These have now been uploaded and can be accessed from the Timeline page. Simply go to any year between 1924 and 1979 and you will find the link to that years magazine or newsletter. They contain a wealth of information on the Victorian railways and are a valuable historical resource. Happy reading!
July 11 2021: Photos of Beaufort added to Ballarat to Ararat page. Chris Wurr has written an extended caption for a photo of his at Woodend which has turned into a mini history of the ever elusive "Paper Trains"
July 6 2021: Added yard plans for most of the stations Bannockburn to Lal Lal.
June 27 2021: The Kyneton page is now mobile device friendly and has had new Chris Wurr and Geoff Winkler photos added to it.
June 25 2021: The Z van page has been made mobile friendly and new photos added including information and photos of the Clearance Wagon which was converted from a Z van in 1960/61.
June 23 2021: 7 new photos from Neville Gee of Moorabool, Lal Lal, Yendon (before demolition) and Navigator on the Nth Geelong to Warrenheip page.
June 19 2021: 5 new photos of Bannockburn added to Nth Geelong to Warrenheip page.
June 18 2021: The Bendigo page has been made mobile device friendly and many new photos added.
June 17 2021: Many thanks to Geoff Winkler for adding much information to the PL car page. Plan & sections of Hamilton to Cavendish added to Grades Book page. New pics added to the Dimboola, Eaglehawk, Glenorchy and Ararat pages.
June 13 2021: New Korong Vale page created with 18 new Noel Bamford photos added for a total of 38 photos.
June 9 2021: A new Eaglehawk page created with new photos from Noel Bamford, John Ward and Chris Wurr, (if anyone has a decent external photo of the signalbox, please send).
June 4 2021: 5 new photos from Doug Miles and Bob Wilson added to the Stawell page.
May 31 2021: 8 new photos of BCPL's added to the PL car page.
May 29 2021: Lance Cross has written a history of the PL car family and provided new photos on the PL car page. 8 new Geoff Winkler photos around North Geelong added to the North Geelong to Warrenheip page.
May 27 2021: My 13 year old daughter's video of the R and A2 at Elphinstone tunnel a few days ago.
May 18 2021: Chris Wurr has written a comprehensive article on the little known Train Section Order safeworking system. Plan and Section drawings for Cowangie to Murrayville and Murrayville to Pinnaroo added to grades book page.
May 16 2021: Plan and Section drawings for Ouyen to Kow Plains (Cowangi) added to Grades Book page.
May 12 2021:Plan and Section drawings for Koroit to Belfast (Port Fairy) added to Grades Book page.
May 6 2021: 8 new signal diagrams added to Nth Geelong to Warrenheip page.
May 3 2021: 7 new photos around Inverleigh and a plan of Cressy loco building added to the Cressy line page.
April 30 2021: Neville Gee and Bruce McLean have sent some new photos at Pinnaroo including some fascinating circulars regarding the operation of the railmotor on this line. (they are to be found at the bottom of the page.)
April 29 2021: Hamilton to Coleraine plan and section pdf on the grades book page. New photos of Moorabool viaduct added to Nth Geelong to Warrenheip page. Photo of the "Fashion Express" added to the ZLP page.
April 22 2021: Neville Gee has provided a plethora of great photos (and captions) on the Balmoral line which now has its own page.
April 15 2021: Geoff Winkler has sent me some wonderful photos at Pura Pura and Lismore which are on the Cressy line page. Chris Wurr and I are assembling pages that explain the various safeworking systems used by the VR. The first is on the Automatic Electric Staff system.
April 7 2021: 13 new photos added to the Sunshine to Ballarat page.
March 23 2021: New photos on Glenorchy, Echuca and Great Western pages. I have cleaned up the Northern & Midland photo gallery page and consolidated into one page all the stations from Sunshine to Ballarat.
March 15 2021: Continuing with our series of line galleries, Neville Gee has sent me photos of the entire Ouyen to Pinnaroo line that he took in 1970, not long after the railmotor service had finished and when almost all of the station buildings were still extant. Neville had the foresight to travel the length and breadth of Victoria photographing almost every station still in existence.
Jan 5 2021: A new page featuring Doug Miles's photos on the Katamatite line in 1972.
Dec 28 2020: A new page showing a 1974 goods train on the Newlyn branch.
Dec 27 2010: After a few technical problems I'm able to update the site again! First up are many new photos on the Bolangum line courtesy Doug Miles and Chris Wurr.
Sep 9 2020: Many thanks to Tom O'Brien for providing Spencer St holiday Passenger tallies from the late 1940's - early 1950's, found on the passenger car page.
Sep 7 2020: Consolidated Bolangum line photos onto a Bolangum line page, added photos to Cudgewa page, Phil Dunn has provided me with much better general arrangement drawings of the two types of E class.
Sep 2 2020: General arrangement drawings of both E class electric locos added to E class page.
Melbourne's Electric Railway System (1927) Operation Phoenix (1950)
Year of Achievement (1961)
on the Timeline page.
Aug 6 2020: Finally assembled a page for Tallarook, as usual, if you have any historic photos of Tallarook (pre 1980) please send them so I can include them on the page.
July 24 2020: Consolidated all Port Melbourne photos onto a single page.
July 23 2020: 3 new photos added to the Broadmeadows line page.
July 3 2020: Uploaded Jeparit - Yanac Plan & Section (200MB) to grades book page.
June 26 2020: 5 new pics on N class steam page.
June 16 2020: New photo of S 311 in 1961
June 15 2020: 31MB pdf of miscellaneous signal hardware on Signalling page.
June 13 2020: 5 photos added to Broadmeadows line page.
June 4 2020: I am consolidating widely spread photos into line galleries. I've just done the Sandringham line but due to a steep learning curve with the new Dreamweaver it's a bit of a mess but I am working on it. The suburban galleries are a bit of an eyesore whilst this takes place.
June 2 2020: Consolidated all Princes Bridge photos onto a single Princes Bridge page.
June 1 2020: New CK photo on J hopper page. L class loco page, Warrnambool page, Spencer St page, photo of D4 on the ZL page, QR page, B class loco page, Balmoral line page, Upfield line, E class loco. And lastly, a mysterious white Z van photo has turned up from the 1950s, if you can provide any info on it I would appreciate it. Z van page.
May 30 2020
Construction photos added to the E class electric loco page
April 19 2020
April 15 2020
Many thanks to Doug Miles who has scanned the 1926 instruction book for Train Section Orders and can be downloaded from the Signalling page.
March 10 2020
Hamilton-Penshurst plan & sections added.
March 6 2020
19 signalbox diagrams added to Upfield line page.
March 1 2020 test.
Nov. 20 2019
Melbourne to Bendigo Plan & Sections added to grades home, (107MB pdf)
March 30 2019:
Huge thank you to John McPhee who has scanned a multitude of VR publications which I've started putting up throughout the site on the following pages:
Motive power page:
1977 Diesel loco operating instructions
1943 Rolling Stock Branch book of instructions
1967 Book of Signals,
1979 General Appendix
1974 suburban WTT
1974 West/So West WTT
B class page:
B class operating manual
FEB. 1 2019:
David Langley has scanned some VR instruction manuals, included are Telegraph code books, Searchlight and point motor instruction manuals, Gangers trolley manual, found on the Signalling page.
Photo added to QAB page.
DEC. 17 2018:
Dimboola-Sth Australian border, Elmore-Cohuna, Yea-Mansfield & Alexandra branch plan and sections added to Grades Book page(denoted by ***)
Nov. 28 2018:
Tallarook-Yea, plan and sections added to Grades Book page. (denoted by ***)
Nov. 15 2018:
Diagram of CK "coal dust" wagon added to J wagon page. Photo of as built CJ wagon added to CJ page. Photos of KC wagons loaded with "Whitelaw-Monier" cement containers. QW page updated with new photo and diagram
Oct. 29 2018:
Part 2 of the 1928 General Appendix has been added to the signalling page. (40MB pdf) Thanks again to Ross Jepson for scanning this massive book!
Oct. 20 2018:
Plans added to the Plan & Section series:
Melbourne-Collingwood, Hawthorn-Canterbury, Hawthorn-East Camberwell re-grade.
Oct. 13 2018:
Plans added to the Plan & Section series: Lilydale-Healesville, Flinders St-Port Melbourne, Royal Park-Clifton Hill & Fitzroy branch.
Oct. 12 2018:
Plans added to the Plan & Section series: Alphington-Heidleberg, Crowland-Navarre, Geelong-Ballaarat, Lilydale-Warburton, Melbourne-Pt Melbourne, Morwell-Mirboo.
Oct. 10 2018:
Added a search function to the homepage, (bottom of the link list). Added 4 new signal diagrams (denoted by ***). Started consolidating the photo gallery, Broadmeadows and Upfield lines are the first.
Sep. 18 2018: Two new plans and section added (denoted by ***) in the grade book page. Photo added to Q wagon page. I have added a "odds & ends" page to the signalling section, it is a place for signalling/safeworking photos that don't fit anywhere else.
Aug. 16 2018: The Victorian Parliament has scanned the VR annual reports, I have downloaded them, they can be found on the Timeline page as the last entry for each year. For some reason the 1902 report is missing and reports earlier than 1882 are mainly missing, hours of interesting reading!
July 14 2018: The site redesign is designed for 1280 pixel wide screens. I am working on getting this page (and subsequent redesigned pages) to display properly on tablet and smart phone screens.
July 10 2018: 3 diagrams of Diggers Rest showing the new station buildings/layout and water supply.
July 8 2018: Welcome to the new look website! I decided that after nearly 20 years it was time for a bit of a fresh look. I will be going through the entire site and redesigning all of the pages for a more consistent look. The slideshow will be changed from time to time and will include images that I haven't found a home for yet.