Bye Bye Broad Gauge (Vol 1)

Bye Bye Broad Gauge (Vol 1) In 2001, the Victorian Government announced a proposal to regauge the majority of the state's rail network from broad gauge to standard gauge. Converting the current fleet of operational steam locos to standard gauge is not an economically viable option. Thus, the present opportunity to run broad gauge steam statewide will soon disappear forever.

Steamrail Victoria ran a series of tours during 2002 advertised as "the final steam workings" to a variety of destinations in Victoria's northwest. This superb tape provides an excellent record of those history-making journeys.

Evocative steam action on the following lines:

  • Mildura;
  • Yelta;
  • Murrayville;
  • Dunolly - Inglewood;
  • Castlemaine - Maryborough;
  • North Geelong - Ballarat

featuring locos D3 639, R 711, K 190, R 761

  • D3 639 visiting Yelta;
  • R 761 and D3 639 on the Murrayville line;
  • K 190 and R 761 from Dunolly - Inglewood;
  • R 711 and R 761 storming Bealiba Bank at dusk;
  • double R class sunset silhouette departing Dunolly;
  • R 761 running from Castlemaine to Maryborough;
  • D3 639 and R 761 in the Mildura district;
  • R 761 solo to St Arnaud