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707 Operations - Grainlander to Nullawil, May 2022

8 May 2022

Friday 6 May 2022 R707, H3 and H5 led the 707 Operations 'Grainlander' weekender train to Sea Lake, Wycheproof and Nullawil, returning to Melbourne on Sunday 8 May 2022. The consist was VOAF 100 - PCP 294 - ACZ 255 - BZ 270 - BRS 224 - BK 708 - JTA 6 - Club 1 - SJ 284 - NAM 2336 - LAN 2354 - LAN 2352 - Wando.

St James Rail - Southern Aurora 60th anniversary 2022

26 April 2022

In April 2022 St James Rail operated a special six day rail cruise from Sydney to Melbourne and return to make the 60th anniversary of the Southern Aurora. Heritage locomotives S303, P22 and T357 led the train

Preserved and heritage carriages

24 April 2022

Photos of carriages operated by various heritage railway groups.

Steamrail Victoria - Geelong 'Rail and Sail' April 2022

24 April 2022

On 24 April 2022 Steamrail ran a 'Rail and Sail' trip from Melbourne to Geelong and return behind K183.

Steamrail - Bendigo Steam Weekend 2022

18 April 2022

For the 2022 Easter long weekend Steamrail sent A2 986 and T356 from Melbourne to Bendigo on Friday 15 April, running steam shuttles out of Echuca on Easter Saturday and from Bendigo on Eastern Sunday, before sending N456 and S313 from Melbourne to Bendigo on Monday 18 April, to run two separate trains back to Melbourne that evening.

SRHC locomotive transfers

18 April 2022

From time to time Seymour Railway Heritage Centre locomotives are transferred light engine to Melbourne, ready for hire to private rail freight operators.

DERMPAV - Outer Suburban tour, April 2022

10 April 2022

After years of no tours thanks to Covid-19, on Sunday 10 April 2022 RM58 went for a suburban tour to Mernda, Williamstown, Sandringham, Sunshine, Brooklyn, Werribee, Little River, and back to Southern Cross via Brooklyn and Sunshine again.

707 Operations - Winelander to Castlemaine, April 2022

2 April 2022

On Saturday 2 April 2022 R707 and S306 lead a train from Southern Cross to Castlemaine and return, carriages including PCP 294 –BRS 224 – BK 708 – Club 1 - BS 215 – BS 212 –
JTA 6.

Steamrail - Moorabbin Bayside Shuttles

27 March 2022

On Sunday 27 March 2022 A2 986 and K153 as 'K100' ran steam shuttles from Moorabbin to Kananook and return, with carriages 17 BE, 25 BE, 7 ABE, 38 BE, 46 BE.

Newport Workshops: Downer Group and Siemens Rail

13 March 2022

Newport Workshops is the main railway heavy repair and maintenance facility in Melbourne. The eastern side is occupied by EDI Rail and Siemens, while the older buildings in West Block are occupied by heritage operators Steamrail Victoria and 707 Operations. The East Block is used as storage by VicTrack. Photos include some from a tour of the EDI section featuring the locomotive, bogie and wheel shops.

Steamrail Open Day 2022

13 March 2022

On the Labor Day long weekend in March 2022 Steamrail Victoria held their bi-annual open day at the Newport Workshops, with a variety of steam locomotives in operation alongside diesel and electric locomotives.

Steamrail - Ballarat East depot

12 March 2022

Stored trains at the Ballarat East locomotive depot

SRHC - Captain's Choice charter to Warrnambool, March 2022

6 March 2022

On 6 March 2022 the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran a charter train from Warrnambool to Melbourne on behalf of Captain's Choice tours, who were running a six day regional Victoria and silo art tour. The train was transferred the night before via Melbourne Yard and Sunshine.

SRHC - Ararat Western Daylight tour

26 February 2022

On Saturday 26 February 2022 SRHC ran their 'Western Daylight' tour from Seymour to Ararat via Melbourne. C501 led T357 and P22 with the standard gauge converted Spirit of Progress consist.

Elecrail - Tait train to Belgrave and Essendon, February 2022

26 February 2022

With testing of the Tai set complete, on Saturday 26 February 2022 it went to Essendon, Belgrave, Upper Ferntree Gully, then back to Belgrave and Essendon with Steamrail volunteers and invited guests.

Steamrail - Otway Explorer, 2022

12 February 2022

On Saturday 12 February 2022 S313 and N458 led Steamrail Victoria's 'Otway Explorer' train from Southern Cross to Warrnambool and return. The consist was PCP292 - 5AS - Moorabool - 9BRS - 25BE - 7ABE - 38BE - 46BE

Newport Workshops: Steamrail and 707 Operations

9 February 2022

Steamrail Victoria and 707 Operations have a large rolling stock fleet based at the West Block of Newport Workshops in Melbourne

Yarra Valley Tourist Railway

30 December 2021

The Yarra Valley Tourist Railway operates out of Healesville, and are progressivly restoring the railway line back to Yarra Glen, Coldstream and Lilydale.

Steamrail - 2021 members special to Bendigo

19 December 2021

On 19 December 2021 A66 lead Steamrail Victoria's members special train to Bendigo. The tran was made up of PCP 292, Moorabool, 269 BZ, 14 BRS, 17 BE, 25 BE, 46 BE, 68 BW, 1BCE,
18 CE.

707 Operations - 'Picnic Express' to Bacchus Marsh

28 November 2021

707 Operations ran four 'Picnic Express' trains from Southern Cross to Bacchus Marsh and return over two weekends in November 2021. Steam locomotive R707 and diesel Y127 freshly repainted in V/Line livery hauling the train made up of PCP 294, BZ 270, BRS 224, Club Car 1 and CP 35. The train ran empty to the Maddingley Sidings, while R707 was turned on the turntable at Bacchus Marsh.

Steamrail - Sandringham suburban shuttles 2021

28 November 2021

On 10 and 11 November 2021 K183 and K153 ran suburban shuttles from Flinders Street Station to Sandringham. The train was made up with carriages 17BE, 46BE, 7ABE, 25BE and 1 BCE.

Steamrail - K183 to Gheringhap, November 2021

13 November 2021

On 13 November 2021 K183 completed a test run to Gheringhap and Geelong following a restoration to service, hauling carriages 1BCE, 38BE, 46BE and water gin VZVF 1.

Steamrail - K183 test runs, October 2021

6 November 2021

In 2021 Steamrail completed the return to service of steam locomotive K183 following a fatal level crossing accident, with a number of light engine test runs made between Newport and Sunshine, followed by a test run to Gheringhap and Geelong.

707 Operations - Castlemaine transfer, 2021

31 October 2021

On the early morning of Sunday 31 October 2021 707 Operations sent A66 and a freshly repained in V/Line liveried Y127 from Newport Wokrshops to Castlemaine via Sunshine to transfer ex-Bluebird railcar BM 259 to the Victorian Goldfields Railway. 'The Overland' carriages PCP 294 – JTA 6 – CLUB 1 – SJ 284 and CP 35 also came along, being used on a Victorian Goldfields Railway charter run to Maldon later that day, then back to Melbourne that afternoon.

Steamrail - Ballarat East transfer, 2021

31 October 2021

On the weekend of 30 and 31 October 2021 Steamrail Victoria sent S313 and T356 to Ballarat East via North Geelong to collect steam locomotive Y112, with VZVF1, PCP 292, Goulburn, SJ 282 'Tantini' brought along to accommodate the Steamrail crew.

707 Operations - Seymour driver training, October 2021

24 October 2021

On Sunday 24 October 2021 R707 lead a driver training run from Newport Workshops to Seymour via Brooklyn and Sunshine, using carriages PCP 294 - ACZ 255 - BZ 270 - BRS 224 - LAN 2352 - CP 35.

Steamrail - Bendigo driver training, October 2021

9 October 2021

On Saturday 2 October 2021 Steamrail Victoria's A2 986 headed from Melbourne to Bendigo and return on a driver training run, hauling water gin VZVF1 and V/Line carriage sets SH29 and LH32.

707 Operations - Ballarat driver training, October 2021

2 October 2021

On Saturday 2 October 2021 707 Operations' recently overhauled steam locomotive R707 headed from Melbourne to Ballarat and return on a driver training run, hauling V/Line carriage sets SH29 and LH32. R707 had been out of service for almost two years, to allow the replacement of the main internal steam pipe, regulator adjustments and repair, fitting of new element tubes and ash pan replacement.

Steamrail - Ballarat driver training, August 2021

28 August 2021

On 28 August 2021 Steamrail's steam locomotive R761 headed from Melbourne to Ballarat and return on a driver training run, hauling V/Line carriage sets SH34 and SH31.

Elecrail - Tait train testing around Melbourne

15 August 2021

On weekends during August 2021 Elecrail Tait set 381M-208T-230D-317M headed around Melbourne under it's own power for the purposes of testing and driver training.

Puffing Billy

14 August 2021

Photos of the popular narrow gauge heritage railway in the Dandenong Ranges near Melbourne

Steamrail - Ballarat driver training, July 2021

31 July 2021

On 31 July 2021 Steamrail's steam locomotive R761 headed from Melbourne to Ballarat and return on a driver training run, hauling V/Line carriage sets SH34 and SH31.

Flinders Street Station ballroom

5 July 2021

In June-August 2021 the Flinders Street Station upper levels and ballroom were opened to the public as part of the Rising Melbourne festival, hosting the 'A Miracle Constantly Repeated' exhibition by Patricia Piccinini.

Bellarine Peninsula Railway

3 July 2021

The Bellarine Peninsula Railway operates between Queenscliff and Drysdale on the Bellarine Peninsula, outside Geelong. Once a broad gauge line that closed in 1978, it is now regauged to 3"6' and has a wide variety of narrow gauge rolling stock from around Australia

Steamrail - Southern Steam Spectacular, 2021

24 May 2021

In May 2021 Cruise Express charted a number of Steamrail Victoria trains to transport passengers to Ballarat, Maryborough, Wycheproof, Sea Lake, Castlemaine, Bendigo and Echucha

Steamrail - Ballarat transfer, May 2021

15 May 2021

On 15 May 2021 Steamrail sent K153, K190 and Y112 from Newport to Ballarat via Werribee and North Geelong for the Ballarat Heritage Festival.

Elecrail - Tait train testing on the Werribee line

15 May 2021

On 15 May 2021 Elecrail Tait set 381M-208T-341T-230D-317M was finally allowed to leave Newport Workshops under it's own power for the first time in 17 years, completing a number of test runs to Laverton and Werribee.

Steamrail - Newport-Sunshine test runs, May 2021

14 May 2021

In May 2021 Steamrail sent Y112, S313 and D3 639 on test runs between Newport and Sunshine following repairs.

707 Operations - Grainlander to Nullawil, May 2021

9 May 2021

On the weekend of 7-9 May 2021 707 Operations ran their 'The Grainlander' train to Sea Lake, Wycheproof and Nullawil. A66 led H5 and S306 on the train, made up of D 318, PCP 294, BZ 270, BRS 224, NAM 2336, LAN 2354, Club 1, BK 708, SJ 284, JTA 6, and Wando.

Steamrail Victoria - Geelong 'Rail and Sail' May 2021

2 May 2021

On 2 May 2021 Steamrail ran a 'Rail and Sail' trip from Melbourne to Geelong and return behind R761 and K190. 1 BCE, 25 BE, 46 BE, 17 BE, 14 BRS, 7 ABE, 600 BK, 700 BK, 38 BE made up the train.

Steamrail - 'Eureka Express' to Ballarat, April 2021

24 April 2021

On 24 April 2021 R711 & A2 986 led a double headed train to Ballarat via Bacchus Marsh in the morning, and North Geelong and Tarneit on the return.

SRHC - Captain's Choice charter to Warrnambool, April 2021

10 April 2021

On 7 April 2021 the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran a charter train from Melbourne to Warrnambool on behalf of Captain's Choice tours, who were running a six day regional Victoria and silo art tour. The train was stabled the night before at McIntyre, running via the GEB silos at Sunshine.

SRHC - Captain's Choice charter to Warrnambool, March 2021

27 March 2021

On 27 March 2021 the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre ran a charter train from Warrnambool to Melbourne on behalf of Captain's Choice tours, who were running a six day regional Victoria and silo art tour. The train was transferred the night before via Melbourne Yard and Sunshine.

Steamrail - whY not Suburban Tour 2021

21 March 2021

On 21 March 2021 Y112 was finally able to lead the 'whY not Suburban Tour' that was first attempted back in 2019. Timetabled to run from Newport via the goods lines to Southern Cross Station, Sunshine, Somerton, Essendon and Westall, the down leg to Sunshine via the Bunbury Street Tunnel was dropped for an express run via the suburban tracks due to late running, and issues with Y112 saw the leg from Somerton to Westall dropped for a direct return to Newport via the goods lines. T356 then took the over train from Newport to Southern Cross and return.

South Gippsland Railway

13 March 2021

South Gippsland Railway operated trains between Nyora, Korumburra, and Leongatha until November 2015.

707 Operations - Grainlander to Quambatook, March 2021

7 March 2021

On 6-7 March 2021 707 Operations ran their 'Grainlander' weekend sleeping train tour to Quambatook, with A66 leading S306.

Steamrail - S313 60th Birthday tour to Seymour

6 March 2021

On 6 March 2021 Steamrail Victoria took S313 to Seymour to mark the 60th birthday of the locomotive. Due to no turntable at Southern Cross Station, T356 led the empty car move from Newport Workshops.

Heritage A class locomotive transfers

6 June 2020

On 6 June 2020 V/Line heritage allocated locomotives were collected from South Dynon by their new owners - A60 to the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre and A62 to 707 Operations. Both locomotives needed to be transferred between passenger carriages due to the lack of working brake equipment.

Steamrail - Y Class Shunters Tour 2020

8 February 2020

On 8 February 2020 Steamrail Victoria ran their 'Y Class Shunters Tour' around Melbourne. The tour started at Newport, with Y164 being joined by V/Line shunter Y163 at Southern Cross Station, then running to Werribee, Westall and Maddingley, before returning to Southern Cross and Newport.

Steamrail - 2019 members special to Frankston

15 December 2019

On 15 December 2019 Y164 led a special train for Steamrail members from Newport to Frankston via the Brooklyn goods lines. The train was made up of 18 CE, 600 BK, 17 BE, 7 ABE, 25 BE, and 14 CW.