On 20/11/2013 8:23 PM, David Langley wrote:
Unfortunately I ended up being triple booked last Sunday
and a family birthday comes before any hobby function
especially when it is a grandson. I would like to know how
it all went, I'm sure there were plenty from LRRSA in
There may not have been many from LRRSA in attendance, though I know
the two authors of the Centenary booklet visited in the morning, and
the LRRSA Hon. Sec. was there in the afternoon.
It was primarily an event to involve the local community, and to
raise awareness of the area's history in the local community, and to
raise awareness in the local community of the work of the Upper
Yarra Museum (run by the Upper Yarra Valley Historical Society -
I think it was successful in doing that. There was a big
photographic display in the Powelltown hall, and while most of the
photographs were already known to me, there were a few that were
new. From what I have heard, the event has stirred up the community
into looking for more photographs and documents, and I think more
information will surface as a result.
The Fordson-engined rail tractor from Powelltown, which is now at
the Yarra Junction Museum, had its engine going and moved under its
own power along a short section of track. For most of the day it had
its engine idling, and it seems to be in quite good condition.
There was a procession along the Little Yarra Road in the morning
including two steam traction engines (actually one may have been a
steam roller, I cannot remember the details), and at least two
reasonably large horse drawn vehicles. At Yarra Junction there were
some very impressive looking Clydesdale horses.