Good news on this mornings radio reports is that with last nights rain the threat seems to have passed. Let's hope they can get the support and money to get up and running again. And yes Walhalla is a very special place, so thank goodness the town itself was not harmed.
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From: Frank Stamford [mailto:firstname.lastname@example.org]
Sent: 12/23/2006 8:11:27 AM
Subject: [LRRSA] Re: Walhalla Goldfields Railway and the bushfires
I am not sure that there are any secure stabling facilities at
Walhalla. I think they moved the rolling stock down there because it
was seen as being a lower risk site than Thomson. It might be quite
fortuitous that they have a train at each end of the line, and might
not have been planned that way.
For those of us for whom Walhalla (the town) is a very special place
(a "sacred site") it is a relief to report that the only loss in the
town was a tent!
The $500,000 mentioned in the article below is an exaggeration,
$200,000 was a figure quoted by the WGR's Robert Ashworth on the ABC
this morning. That still seems high considering what the bridges on
the Gembrook restoration cost in the 1990s, but presumably the
remoteness and inaccesability increases costs.
--- In LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au, "john browning" <ceo8@...> wrote:
away on 16
The very useful site recommended by Frank
appears to indicate that the Henschel steam locomotive was taken
December, I suspect on the Puffing Billy low loader.whilst the
The passenger cars are at Walhalla with the Baldwin diesel Kasey
Fowler loco is at Thomson. This way they have a loco on each sectionof the
line but I'm not sure what stabling facilities there are for rollingstock
The burnt out bridge is a small three span bridge about halfway between
Thomson and Walhalla -all timber construction, with spans about 15ft
There is talk of immediate rebuilding with some money (a start) being
pledged and organisation underway.
Bushfire damages tourist railway
December 22, 2006 - 4:35PM
'Malcolm' dumps water on Walhalla Goldfields Railway bridge over
the Thomson River.
'Malcolm' dumps water on Walhalla Goldfields Railway bridge over the
Photo: Craig Abraham
One of eight bridges that form part of a tourist railway near
been destroyed by bushfires, as crews battle this afternoon toprotect the
Yesterday crews managed to save six of the bridges, today saving the
substantial bridge on the line after aircraft, including an aircrane known
as Malcolm, dumped water on the blaze.today
But the Department of Sustainability and Environment (DSE) confirmed
that one bridge was burnt by the main fire in the area while the aircrane
was on the ground re-fuelling.year, is
The popular tourist icon, which attracts around 30,000 people each
made up of eight bridges and 4.5 kilometres of track between Thomson andbelieved it
The proprietor of Walhalla's Star Hotel, Michael Leaney, said he
was bridge number seven that had been lost, situated in a gullythere
approximately two kilometres from the town.
Mr Leaney said the timber bridge cost about $500,000.
"Where are we going to get half-a-million bucks from?" he said. "Every
government department is going on holidays now and so for two weeks
will be no decisions made, no money handed out, nothing and so wecan't even
start work on repairs."operated from
The Walhalla Goldfields Railway is the reconstruction of the most
spectacular section of the original Moe-Walhalla railway which
1910 until 1944.significant
Opened in 2002 and installed by volunteers, it is considered a
contributor to the area's economy.
Walhalla residents remain on high alert today for ember attacks and have
been urged to activate their fire plans.
Walhalla Road - the main road into the town - remains closed to all
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