#RARE FOOTAGE# Australian Steam Train SteamOz R711 Spirit of Bendigo+R761 22nd July 2012
Snow train SteamOz http://www.steamrail.com.au/ R711 Spirit of Bendigo
in Australia and R761 on the 22nd of July 2012
SteamRail Double Header from Melbourne to Traralgon.
A very big thanks to Geoff Moller (father in-law) for donating this footage
to me and for taking the time to film these lovely steam engines to share
with the world on XxBec3509 TRFF.
First from the west towards the Waterloo Road rail crossing, then seen
stationary awaiting for a Melbourne bound Sprinter to pass.Resumes on its
way to the Moe Railway Station, once the Sprinter has passed, then seen
stationary at Moe Station,waiting for passengers to board.
Eastbound from Moe across Narracan Creek towards the Haunted Hills,
R711 SPIRIT OF BENDIGO and R761 seen exciting Haunted Hills at Hernes Oak
then a westbound Sprinter from Traralgon to Melbourne passes, taken from up
a signal post. Approaching Tramway Road crossing towards Traralgon the
double headed steamers pass.
Hudson Steam Train on the Northern Weekender: Australian Trains
Over the Queen's Birthday long weekend, Steamrail operated a weekend tour
hauled by North British built hudson steam locomotive R761 assisted by
classic Clyde/GM diesel electric S313. The trip visited Swan Hill and
Echuca on the Murray River in the north of the state and featured a range
of classic sleeping carriages from The Overland, The Vinelander and The
This video features the return leg of the trip from Echuca to Melbourne,
commencing with a chorus of whistles from R761 and several adjacent
traction engines while the special departs Echuca on a crisp and still
winter morning, followed by scenes at Goornong and North Bendigo.
The second half of this video follows the evening run back to Melbourne
with footage climbing the grades at Kangaroo Flat, Porcupine Hill and
Chewton, plus scenes at Castlemaine, Elphinstone and Woodend.
© 2013 James Brook
Steam Train struggles on 1 in 48 grade. SRV Robinvale Weekender: Australian Trains
Over the 2000 Melbourne Cup weekend, Steamrail operated a weekend tour to
Robinvale in the north of the state with steam locomotives K190 and D3 639.
I chased the down special on the Saturday morning as far as Maryborough.
The video starts with several shots of the locos struggling up the 1 in 48
Ingliston bank followed by shots at the down end of Bank Box Loop, Ballan,
North Creswick and Maryborough.
© 2000 James Brook
Steam Locomotive D3 639 Melbourne to Maldon: Australian Trains
On Sunday 23 June 2013, Steamrail Victoria transferred 112 year old steam
locomotive D3 639 to the Victorian Goldfields Railway for operation on
their Castlemaine to Maldon branch line over the next few months. The D3
replaced K190 which had been on loan since October last year.
The transfer move also included sitting car 80BW and the recently completed
Pullman lounge car Macedon (originally a V&SAR sleeping car).
The video commences with the D3 storming over the top of Sunbury bank in
fine style on a freezing cold and clear winter morning, then recovering
from steaming problems on the grade out of Riddels Creek. Further shots on
the mainline are at Carlsruhe, Kyneton and further down the line towards
Upon arrival at Castlemaine, the D3 was transferred over to platform 3 and
the VGR branch before K190 rejoined the mainline and headed back to
Melbourne with 67BW.
After Y133 arrived at Castlemaine with the regular VGR train, D3 639
ventured onto the Maldon branch for the first time in over 40 years with
shots at Winters Flat, Muckleford and finally Maldon.
© 2013 James Brook
Double Headed Hudsons on Wycheproof Wayfarer steam tour: Australian Trains
On 17 May 2003, Steamrail Victoria ran a day tour to Wycheproof via
Ballarat and return via Bendigo. The train featured double headed R class
"hudson" 4-6-4 steam locomotives R761 and R707.
Unfortunately, the train lost it's path early in the day on the Ballarat
line and got to Wycheproof at dusk, several hours late. This meant that
most of the photo stops were cancelled, with the exception of Wychitella
This video features both photo stops as well as several shots on
Wycheproof's main street, one of only two locations left in Australia where
trains run down the middle of the road.
This would end up being the last of the classic long steam day tours with
photo stops. While there were some shorter tours run later in 2003, by the
following year the demise of West Coast Railway combined with the public
liability crisis both contributed to the end of a tradition on railfan
tours that was enjoyed by many.
Nobody ever got seriously injured during photo stops and with proper
organisation it was a perfectly safe activity. Unfortunately the beurocrats
and people in power see otherwise and like so many things we used to take
for granted in this country, it no longer exist. I think society as a whole
is much worse off because of the every increasing nanny state where people
must be protected from their own stupidity.
© 2003 James Brook
Steam Trains in the Hills - Puffing Billy Railway: Australian Trains
The Puffing Billy Railway in Victoria's Dandenong mountains is one of
Australia's most well known heritage railways. Operating on the original
route built over a century ago and a unique survivor of the Victorian
Railway's four experimental 2ft 6in narrow gauge lines, Puffing Billy is
now a major tourist attraction with steam trains operating year round.
Despite their small size the Na class 2-6-2 tank locomotives are impressive
performers and their sound echoes off the hills as they haul trainloads of
tourists, families and railfans to Lakeside or Gembrook and return.
Meanwhile Beyer Garratt locomotive G42 (originally from the Walhalla and
Beech Forest lines) is put to good use on the longer and heavier luncheon
This video features a typical Saturday at Puffing Billy as filmed on 2 June
2012. 8A ran the first and last service to Lakeside while 14A ran the
Gembrook service and G42 ran the lunch train.
© 2012 James Brook
Australian Steam Trains: NSW RTM Blue Mountains Flyer to Katoomba with 3526
Heritage Express are the operations side of the NSW RTM (New South Wales
Rail Transport Museum). They operated the Blue Mountains Flyer to Katoomba
with steam locomotive 3526. This train traveled up the through the Blue
Mountains from Sydney on Saturday 6th August 2011.
Double Hudsons on Steamrail Maldon Experience 2013: Australian Trains
On Saturday 7 September 2013, Steamrail ran their annual "Maldon
Experience" tour to the Bendigo, connecting with the Victorian Goldfields
Railway at Castlemaine.
North British built Hudson express passenger steam locomotives R761 and
R707 hauled the mainline tour with a mixture of heritage timber and steel
carriages. Steamrail's D3 639 and SRHC's J515 hauled the branch line train
to Maldon on the Victorian Goldfields Railway
The video commences with the hudsons steaming upgrade near Clarkefield then
approaching Carlsruhe before dropping downgrade towards Taradale. After a
pause at Elphinstone, we then see the R classes working hard into the
Elphinstone tunnel before departing Castlemaine.
The next sequence of shots shows D3 639 and J515 climbing the final 1 in 40
grade into Maldon and then the D3 being serviced while J515 is turned.
The action returns to the mainline as R707 leads R761 upgrade away from
Kangaroo Flat, then further shots near Castlemaine, Chewton, Taradale and
© 2013 James Brook
Steamrail Snow Train to Traralgon 2012 - Australian Steam Trains
R761 & R711 Steam Locomotives from Melbourne to Traralgon.
Steam Trains - Pigs & Pacifics In Australia
Steam Trains - Pigs & Pacifics In Australia.
This video takes a special look at two of the most popular and prestigious
express passenger locomotives to operate on New South Wales Railways, the
C36 class 4-6-0 and the C38 class 4-6-2.
Both types in their heyday were employed on top link passenger duties and
were comparable in power rating and performance.
During the 1960's as dieselisation took a strong hold, both classes were
gradually relegated to more humble frieght workings.
Archive footage featuring:
*Southern Highlands Express
*36's and 38's on heavy goods workings, including double-heading with 60
*The unique Giesel ejector fitted 3616
*Double-headed 38's on the inaugural 'Spirit of Progress'
*3642 in South Australia on the opening of the Whyalla line
*3801 & 3813 double heading 'The Western Endeavour'
Plus rare footage of tank loco 3138 working the entire length of the
Belmont branch line during the final years of operation.
Garratt Steam Locomotive in the Hills - Puffing Billy Railway "Last Beechy": Australian Trains
On Saturday 30 June 2012, the Puffing Billy Railway commemorated the 50th
anniversary of the last train on the Colac to Beech Forest line by
operating Beyer-Garratt locomotive G42 on the Gembrook service.
G42 was decorated with a red buffer beam and headboard similar to how it
appeared on that last train 50 years ago.
This video features lineside scenes at various locations along the line for
both the down and up journeys.
© 2012 James Brook
Steam and Diesel parallel - R711 to Bacchus Marsh: Australian Trains
On Sunday 7 August 2011, Steamrail Victoria operated a test run to Bacchus
Marsh for R class steam locomotive R711 following a lengthy period out of
service following the demise of West Coast Railway in 2004.
An added bonus was a parallel run with Lachlan Valley Railway's 4204 and
B65 in the Auscision Models livery on a Southern Shorthaul Railroad
operated rail train along the goods line between Newport and Brooklyn.
Well done to all the Steamrail volunteers. It's great to see R711 back in
© 2011 James Brook
Steam Trains in Ballarat - Heritage Weekend Shuttles 2012: Australian Trains
On the weekend of 12 and 13 May 2012, Steamrail Victoria operated their
annual steam shuttles in the Ballarat region with vintage 1889 steam loco
Y112 and 1940's steam loco K190.
This video features footage of the shuttles on Sunday 13 May. They were
originally scheduled to operate between Ballarat and Sulky on the
Maryborough line but due to a failed Vlocity on that line, the morning
shuttles operated to Warrenheip on the Geelong line. K190 is at the
Melbourne/Ballarat end of the train while Y112 is at the Maryborough end.
© 2012 James Brook
Snow Train 2013 with Hudson Steam Engine R761: Australian Trains
On 22 June 2013, Steamrail Victoria ran the first of their annual "Snow
Trains" for the year from Newport to Traralgon. For those wondering why
there's no snow in the shots, the train gets it's name from a side trip
offered to the snowfields at Mt Baw Baw.
The train was hauled by hudson express passenger steam locomtive R761
hauling 8 vehicles comprising heritage timber or steel carriages dating
from the 1920's to the 1950's. The weather for the trip was superb with
very cold but clear winter air and no wind, resulting in a top quality
soundtrack to go with the visuals.
© 2013 James Brook
Steam Trains by the Seaside - Bellarine Railway: Australian Trains
The Bellarine Peninsula Railway operates a collection of 3'6" gauge
locomotives and rolling stock from railway systems all over Australia along
a re-gauged section of the former Queenscliff branch line south west of
This video features former Pozieres haulng the norning service to Drysdale
and return follwed by the shuttle to Lakers Siding and then shunting at
Pozieres was formerly a Broken Hill Associated Smelters shunting locomotive
at Port Pirie in South Australia. It was built by Andrew Barclay, Sons & Co
for the British War department and was one of four sold as war surplus to
BHAA in 1919. The locomotive is named after a WWI battlefield on the
western front in France.
Pozieres had been preserved static at the Puffing Billy museum at Menzies
Creek, but was transferred to the Bellarine Railway in 2010 and found to be
in good condition. Therefore it was returned to service by late 2011 by the
volunteers at the Bellarine Railway.
© 2011 James Brook
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