Grades books showed a wealth of information on the physical characteristics of a line, as shown in the explanation of symbols above. In steam days it was very important for both the driver and fireman to really know their tracks as this determined how the loco was fired and driven. In later days the grades book ceased being issued to train crews but track maintenence people still need them. Lines will be added as I get time to scan and stitch them together.

NOTE: When the diagram page is opened you usually have to scroll to find the diagram!

The book on the right was issued in 1923 and is a fascinating read on how the "department" wanted their drivers to operate the train.

I have just obtained an almost complete set of VR track charts from 1929, apart from showing gradient information they also show track layouts for the entire state! Pages that contain a track chart in addition to the diagram from the grades book are identified by a "TC"

P&C denotes a .pdf containing plans and sections for the line.

Line sections shown in green have timetables or other historical info added to the page. Most of the safeworking dates comes from the "Weekly Notice extracts 1894 - 1994" by Lambert/Jungwirth and is used here with permission.

Explanation of track chart symbols


Ararat-Avoca Ballarat-Buninyong Ballarat Racecourse branch Ballarat Racecourse-Springs
Ballarat-Scarsdale Beeac-Newtown Beech Forest-Crowes Benalla-Tatong
Birregurra-Forest Bittern-Red Hill Black Rock-Beaumaris Brighton-Picnic Point
Bungaree Racourse Burnley-Oakleigh Carlshrue-Daylesford Castlemaine-Maldon
Caulfield-Frankston Colac-Alvie Colac-Beech Forest Creswick-Daylesford
Darling-Glen Waverley Fitzroy-Whittlesea Frankston-Crib Point Ferntree Gully-Gembrook
Hawthorn-Kew Heathcote-Kilmore Jumbunna-Outtrim Koo-Wee-Rup-McDonalds Track
Koroit-Dunkeld Korumburra-Coal Creek Korumburra-Jumbunna Korumburra-Silkstone
Kyneton-Redesdale Lal Lal Racecourse Lancefield Jct-Lancefield Lancefield-Kilmore
Linton-Skipton Maldon-Laanecoorie Moe-Narracan Moe-Walhalla
Mornington line Murchison-Rushworth Nathalia-Picola Neerim South-Toorongo River
Newtown-Pitfield Nowingi-Millewa South Ondit-Beeac Outer Circle
Sale Canal/Wharf Scarsdale-Linton Springvale Cemetary Strathmerton-Tocumwal
Tallangatta-Cudgewa Wangaratta-Whitfield Warragul-Neerim Wedderburn Road-Wedderburn
Wensleydale Wodonga-Tallangatta Yackandandah-Beechworth Yarrawonga-Oaklands

Northern & Midland
Western & Southwestern
North Eastern
Eastern & Southeastern