1999: The Victorian Year in Steam

1999: The Victorian Year in Steam 1999 provided a variety of steam action on main and tourist lines in Victoria. Enthusiast trips, a triple header, special railfan weekend operations at Maldon and many double-headed combinations provided spectacular sound and vision. As well as state-wide normal steam workings, modernised R 711 turned in spectacular performances on the West Coast Railway.
A two hour almanac featuring over 50 operations, including:
  • Double R class on an "Overland" recreation with spectacular night vision and sound;
  • Maldon "SteamFreight '99" action in winter weather;
  • R 711 on the Warrnambool, Ballarat and Bendigo lines;
  • J 515's struggle on Ingliston Bank;
  • Bellarine Peninsula Railway easter steam extravaganza;
  • Evocative night scenes in the city and country;
  • R class on regular service trains (for the last time due to private management in Victoria now being strongly "anti-steam");
  • Puffing Billy and Alexandra Timber Railway action;
  • tender to tender R class on a pass;
  • last run of R 766 as a coal burner;
  • and much, much more....