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Wayne Laepple

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Puffing Billy even further way back
« on: January 03, 2019, 11:57:33 AM »
This video dates to the late 1940's and includes several working mixed trains. Notice the sheep in open gons and the gons covered with tarpaulins. I wonder what's in them?

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Re: Puffing Billy even further way back
« Reply #1 on: January 03, 2019, 12:20:08 PM »
Note the amount of cinders that was shoveled out of the smoke box at the water tank.  Wow!

Also, the kids reminded me of all the things that I could, and did, do as a child that  now would land my parents in jail.

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Re: Puffing Billy even further way back
« Reply #2 on: January 04, 2019, 02:03:53 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.