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The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Head Tide Station
« on: October 01, 2019, 07:59:34 PM »
This view shows the tracks (zoom in), south of the church, just as they are about to enter the cutting. Taken from Rte 218 when still an unmade road. This is No. 12 in the series.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Head Tide Station
« on: October 01, 2019, 07:54:35 PM »
Another view of the station.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Head Tide Station
« on: October 01, 2019, 06:14:53 PM »
The number 37 is just an identifier for the photo, as one of a series. I have seen others in the series but I do not own them so should not post. This photo, and probably the others that I have seen, is an unused postcard and it was taken from an album because there are some glue marks on the back.

The small shed adjacent to the tracks is the Section Crew hut. It is thus identified in photo No. 38 of the series on a used postcard dated 09 July 1908. The section crew and their hand car are shown.

Volunteers / Re: TOM Telephone
« on: October 01, 2019, 08:06:48 AM »
We had the same and it provided a great means of keeping up with local gossip ....... !

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Re: Head Tide Station
« on: October 01, 2019, 08:05:12 AM »
Very interesting, thanks Graham.

The community effort to preserve the church is admirable. The cultural importance of it cannot be overstated.

I note, from the Midcoast Conservancy map, that its Blue Trail and the WWF Right of Way partly coincide. I imagine that will eventually necessitate some compromise. The existence of the Trout Brook Preserve is a great thing.

The Original W&Q and WW&F: 1894-1933 / Head Tide Station
« on: October 01, 2019, 03:42:49 AM »
Head Tide continues to be my favourite wayside station. It is my ambition to ride a steam train there, one of these days.

The accompanying image shows the idyllic location of Head Tide. The business-like nature of the station and its positional relationship with the historic and famous Head Tide Church can be seen.

I sense, with satisfaction, that the best preservationist instincts have come to the fore. That rock or ledge must have seen many a train pass by and I am happy to think that it will see some more. Destruction of something like that is irreversible.

General Discussion / Re: Hi, there! Long time, no see
« on: September 02, 2019, 09:07:17 PM »
Yes, thanks, Dag. A steam train meeting a steam boat is about as good as it gets.

Museum Discussion / Re: Reflections on 30 Years of the WW&F
« on: August 17, 2019, 08:01:46 AM »
What Alain has described has happened and is happening even here, on the other side of the world. I suspect that it would be the same, everywhere. Generational change is inevitable and Alain's approach is very wise.

Young people don't know enough to ask the right questions to gain the knowledge that they do not have - but they cannot be blamed for their youthful ignorance! Only time can close the knowledge gap and the exercise of patience is a necessity, on all sides.

The cultural changes that seem to be leading to reduced volunteer participation (everywhere) may be the most worrying development.

Volunteers / Re: August 2019 Work Planning
« on: August 04, 2019, 03:14:00 AM »
Picnic yard sale sounds interesting. I am not certain as to what it entails, but it might be similar to what we call a "swap meet". People bring along vintage car parts, bric a brac, all sorts of interesting rubbish, and others come, from miles around. Stall holders pay a small fee and everyone has a wonderful time, searching for their dream item. Maybe there is a possibility for such an annual fund-raising event at the WWF Ry? Probably selling food is where the real profit arises, as usual.

I would expect that getting the track down to 218 will mark the commencement of a reasonably lengthy period of calm consolidation.

Work and Events / Re: What If? Design Project: 1925-1940 2ft Diesel
« on: June 05, 2019, 08:21:02 AM »
It is always the same: history repeats itself, even on heritage railroads. Sadly, the lure of the diesel is irresistible.

Volunteers / Re: May 2019 Work Reports
« on: May 05, 2019, 01:24:06 AM »
Those photos are appreciated, Bill.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Puffing Billy even further way back
« on: January 04, 2019, 01:03:53 AM »
That water tank was the site of a (small) landslide, which was used by the government railways as an excuse for closing the line beyond Belgrave. The part of the line that remained open, from Ferntree Gully to Belgrave, was closed a few years later, regauged and electrified as an addition to the Melbourne suburban railway network.

A preservation society was formed and by 1962 the landslide had been cleared, the track repaired and the line reopened from Belgrave as far as Menzies Creek (4 miles). Reopening all the way to Gembrook (15 miles from Belgrave) occurred in 1998.

Post-war coal strikes in NSW caused the railways, here in Victoria, to burn wood for some time as we have no good locomotive coal. Judging by the smoke, I suspect that a mixture of wood and coal might have been in use. Burning wood is very hard work.

Other Narrow Gauge / Re: Puffing Billy way back when
« on: January 02, 2019, 06:46:05 AM »
A very good video showing the pre-preservation phase. The subsequent preservation phase occupied, perhaps, 50 years but, now, the whole enterprise is pretty much commercial. It could be debated as to whether that path of evolution is inevitable but it would pay the WW&F to consider what pathway is desired for it. In my opinion, the WW&F culture is much better and the prospects are very good, indeed - hence my considerable interest from so far away.

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