Re: Marysville devastation


G'day Bill R,

Thank you for your offer to co-ordinate a restoration of the Marysville Days Tractor. It is something that can be considered.

Initially I guess a lot depends on when outsiders will be allowed to again visit the town, to be able to inspect the tractor.

There is also the possibility that it may inadvertently become a victim of the clean-up effort and be carted off with the rest of the rubbish in the town. It will most likely be outside contractors doing the clean-up who won't recognize the importance of this object.


Bill Hanks.

From: [] On Behalf Of Bill Russell
Sent: Thursday, 12 February 2009 11:56 AM
Subject: RE: [LRRSA] Marysville devastation

G'day All,

It may be difficult for a National Organisation to offer to restore a local relic, but there
is nothing to stop a local group of members making an offer to do so (with the blessing of the

However the ractor would need to be inspected first, it may be too badly burnt to

Assunming that the it can be restored the local comminnity would also need to be
consulted, as I imagine they may not want outsiders "stealing" one of their local icons. To
overcome this I think that any approach should be done under the auspices of the LRRSA
with the promise that the restored loco would be returned to the town.

Nancy and I often used to drive to Marysville for afternoon tea. It was a magnificent

If members are interested in forming such a group I would be willing to co-ordinate
(and record) the members of the group.


Bill Russell.

On 12 Feb 2009 at 9:11, Bill Hanks wrote:


Thank you very much for your kind thoughts for the horrendous losses
from the fires.

The apocalypse that occurred on Saturday will be a haunting nightmare
for many years to come.

Indirectly this will affect all Australians, not just those who have
perished, been injured or lost property.

It's not over yet.


W.L. (Bill) Hanks

President LRRSA

PS: - The Days tractor at Marysville had crossed my mind too, as well
the other relics in the bush, in particular the pigsty trestle that was
a feature of a walk along 'The Trestle Track'.

From: <> [ <> ] On
Behalf Of john browning
Sent: Thursday, 12 February 2009 8:10 AM
To: <>
Subject: [LRRSA] Marysville devastation

I remember that a rare Days 0-6-0PM 3ft gauge loco has been on display
Marysville for many years.

While its fate pales into utter insignificance compared to the frightful
loss of life and destruction of homes, it is to be hoped that this, one
the last few Victorian timber tramway locomotives, can be salvaged. Its
restoration might be a fine symbol of the determination of the community
return after the town was almost totally wiped out.

We all have the devastated communities of Victoria in our thoughts.


John Browning

PO Box 99

Annerley 4103

Phone +61 (0)7 3255 9084

Mobile 0407 069 199

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