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Re: The Australian Light Railway Compendium

David Halfpenny
 

Ian,

In general, you’re right to be suspicious of any link sent without explanation: spoofing a mate’s email address is all too easy.

Having said that, this one looks not merely Pukka, but Interesting :-)

David 1/2d

On 27 Oct 2020, at 21:10, Eddie Oliver <eoliver@...> wrote:

On 28/10/2020 06:56, Iain wrote:
Bob,
 
I am just a little hazy on the details as the link leads me to a page wanting me to log in whereas I would like more detail on what it is you are doing.
 

you can 'view site as a guest'






Re: The Australian Light Railway Compendium

Eddie Oliver
 

On 28/10/2020 06:56, Iain wrote:

Bob,

 

I am just a little hazy on the details as the link leads me to a page wanting me to log in whereas I would like more detail on what it is you are doing.

 


you can 'view site as a guest'





Re: The Australian Light Railway Compendium

Iain
 

Bob,

 

I am just a little hazy on the details as the link leads me to a page wanting me to log in whereas I would like more detail on what it is you are doing.

 

Cheers

 

Dr Iain Stuart

 

P.O. Box 2397

Burwood North, 2134

NSW, Australia

 

Ph (02) 97010191

Mb 0413 380116

 

Iain_Stuart@...

 

From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> On Behalf Of Bob Backway
Sent: Thursday, 22 October 2020 10:50 AM
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Subject: [LRRSA] The Australian Light Railway Compendium

 

A Covid Lockdown project for the benefit of the Light Railway community... https://lakeeyreyc.com/LRCompendium/


The Australian Light Railway Compendium

Bob Backway
 

A Covid Lockdown project for the benefit of the Light Railway community... https://lakeeyreyc.com/LRCompendium/


Re: Caribbean Gardens (Scoresby, Vic.)

Grant Maloney
 

Hello,
Has the society ever done a feature on this railway

Grant


From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> on behalf of Roderick Smith via groups.io <rnveditor@...>
Sent: Sunday, 4 October 2020 7:37 PM
To: lrrsa@groups.io <lrrsa@groups.io>
Subject: [LRRSA] Caribbean Gardens (Scoresby, Vic.)
 
The 610 mm gauge railway was quite major.
The lack had a paddleboat from Ballarat, which was repatriated.
The chairlift came from Whistlestop (Frankston)

"150705Su-DSCF0944-ScoresbyMelbourneVic.-CaribbeanGardens-MalcolmMoore-RSmith-ss.jpg" 
"150705Su-DSCF0939-ScoresbyMelbourneVic.-CaribbeanGardens-maintrain-RSmith-ss.jpg" 

Roderick

'Sad time': Much-loved Melbourne market closes after 55 years July 1, 2020
Caribbean Gardens in Melbourne's east will close its doors to the public after 55 years in operation, with management citing the dire financial circumstances wrought by the pandemic for the closure of the much-loved attraction.
The 40-hectare market and garden area located in Scoresby, in the foothills of the Dandenongs, closed due to public health restrictions at the onset of the pandemic.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday evening – which attracted more than 5000 comments, many of them expressing deep sadness – the business announced the closure would be permanent.
"COVID-19 forced the suspension of the market for the very first time in its history and has now been confirmed closed for the foreseeable future. As a privately-run market in these current circumstances it is simply unviable to reopen," the post said.
"Whilst no immediate plans are in place to replace the market lands, they do form part of a 500-acre future masterplan.
"Although this is a hard decision and a sad time we must celebrate the market's achievement and thank each and every customer, stallholder, visitor and staff for their partnership and for making Caribbean Market the icon it became."
The market, which opened in 1965 and is owned by the wealthy Spooner family, has been visited by 40 million visitors since its establishment, according to its owners.
It included a market that sold a variety of unique products and amusements aimed at children including a mini-golf course, a train around its perimeter, a jungle boat ride around Lake Caribbean, and a chairlift.
A 2013 report by the Motion Picture Association of America identified Caribbean Gardens as one of the most notorious hotspots for the sale of pirated DVDs.
The report said the market had between 10 and 20 individual market sellers "offering counterfeit region one and two DVDs, together with other sellers offering burnt DVDs of recently released titles".
The site, nestled between Stud Road in the east, Ferntree Gully Road to the north and EastLink freeway in the west, was originally used by a handful of stallholders selling from their car boots and for water ski shows on the lake.
More recently, it had more than 1000 stallholders and thousands poured through the eye-catching front gates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
<www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/sad-time-much-loved-melbourne-market-closes-after-55-years-20200701-p55878.html>







Re: Caribbean Gardens (Scoresby, Vic.)

Roderick Smith
 

Roderick

Market is gone after 55 years
Thurs.2.7.20 Melbourne 'Herald Sun'
EASTERN suburbs institution Caribbean Market has been forced to shut for good after 55 years.
Management made the announcement on its website confirming the Scoresby market — including the rides and playgrounds — would not be reopening after the forced COVID-19 suspension earlier this year. But the Caribbean Rollerama would reopen.
“Today, management confirmed the closure of its iconic Caribbean Market,” the post said.
“Unfortunately, as a privately-run market under the current circumstances it is unviable to reopen.”
The post said while no immediate plans had been put in place to replace the market, the land was part of a 200ha future masterplan.
“Established in the 1970s, Caribbean Market has welcomed over 40 million visitors and for decades has been the benchmark for family fun and entertainment,” the post said.
“Although this is a hard decision and a sad time, we must celebrate the market’s achievement and thank each and every customer, stall holder, visitor and staff for their partnership and for making Caribbean Market the icon it became.”
On its Facebook page fans and stall holders of the popular market have begged for it to reopen.
Caribbean Gardens and Market site has been owned by the Spooner family since 1942, and was originally used as a dairy farm.
In 1966 they developed an outdoor activity park, then a decade later opened the market, starting with fruit and vegetable stalls.
Over the years, waterski shows have been held at the lake with rides and attractions.


Caribbean Gardens (Scoresby, Vic.)

Roderick Smith
 

The 610 mm gauge railway was quite major.
The lack had a paddleboat from Ballarat, which was repatriated.
The chairlift came from Whistlestop (Frankston)

"150705Su-DSCF0944-ScoresbyMelbourneVic.-CaribbeanGardens-MalcolmMoore-RSmith-ss.jpg" 
"150705Su-DSCF0939-ScoresbyMelbourneVic.-CaribbeanGardens-maintrain-RSmith-ss.jpg" 

Roderick

'Sad time': Much-loved Melbourne market closes after 55 years July 1, 2020
Caribbean Gardens in Melbourne's east will close its doors to the public after 55 years in operation, with management citing the dire financial circumstances wrought by the pandemic for the closure of the much-loved attraction.
The 40-hectare market and garden area located in Scoresby, in the foothills of the Dandenongs, closed due to public health restrictions at the onset of the pandemic.
In a Facebook post on Wednesday evening – which attracted more than 5000 comments, many of them expressing deep sadness – the business announced the closure would be permanent.
"COVID-19 forced the suspension of the market for the very first time in its history and has now been confirmed closed for the foreseeable future. As a privately-run market in these current circumstances it is simply unviable to reopen," the post said.
"Whilst no immediate plans are in place to replace the market lands, they do form part of a 500-acre future masterplan.
"Although this is a hard decision and a sad time we must celebrate the market's achievement and thank each and every customer, stallholder, visitor and staff for their partnership and for making Caribbean Market the icon it became."
The market, which opened in 1965 and is owned by the wealthy Spooner family, has been visited by 40 million visitors since its establishment, according to its owners.
It included a market that sold a variety of unique products and amusements aimed at children including a mini-golf course, a train around its perimeter, a jungle boat ride around Lake Caribbean, and a chairlift.
A 2013 report by the Motion Picture Association of America identified Caribbean Gardens as one of the most notorious hotspots for the sale of pirated DVDs.
The report said the market had between 10 and 20 individual market sellers "offering counterfeit region one and two DVDs, together with other sellers offering burnt DVDs of recently released titles".
The site, nestled between Stud Road in the east, Ferntree Gully Road to the north and EastLink freeway in the west, was originally used by a handful of stallholders selling from their car boots and for water ski shows on the lake.
More recently, it had more than 1000 stallholders and thousands poured through the eye-catching front gates on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays.
<www.theage.com.au/national/victoria/sad-time-much-loved-melbourne-market-closes-after-55-years-20200701-p55878.html>


LRRSA Zoom entertainment meeting - 8 October 2020

Frank Stamford
 
Edited

On Thursday 8 October at 8.30 pm Australian Eastern Daylight Saving Time (8.00pm in SA; 7.30pm in Qld; 5.30pm in WA; 0930 UTC) the LRRSA will be holding an online meeting via Zoom. It will go for about 60 to 90 minutes, but you will be free to leave at any time.

 

After a brief introduction giving news of LRRSA activities Tony Weston will be giving a presentation describing the narrow gauge railways in north western Spain including current extensive metre gauge operations and four railway museums.

You do not need to be a member of the LRRSA to attend this meeting. It is open to anyone anywhere in the world. To participate you will need to register your interest, which is easy at our website lrrsa.org.au and clicking "Zoom in".

 

Before the entertainment meeting the LRRSA will be holding its Annual General Meeting at 8.00pm Daylight Saving Time. This will be open to LRRSA members only. Members can register to attend this at our website lrrsa.org.au and clicking "Zoom in". Members registering to attend the entertainment meeting will automatically be registered to attend the AGM.

 

Attendees to either meeting will need to pre-register at lrrsa.org.au preferably no later than Tuesday 6 October at which time the meeting invitations will be emailed. Registration after that date may be accepted, but is not guaranteed. Pre-registrations will not be accepted after 5pm on the day of the meeting. In order to speed up the AGM, the President’s and Financial reports, minutes of the previous AGM, and the Agenda will be available soon from the website at lrrsa.org.au/ar2020.htm


Re: Weston Park miniature / ng railway (ACT)

Kevin Sewell
 

Newculer.


On Mon, 28 Sep 2020, 11:31 am Barry Sheffield, <barrysheff@...> wrote:
Can't see any smoke or steam - how is it powered?

On 28-Sep-20 9:01 AM, Roderick Smith via groups.io wrote:
> JUNE 25 2020 Little blue train back on track at Weston Park
> Bluebell the little train is operating again. Picture: Supplied
> In another sign of life returning to the realms of normality, Bluebell, the little blue train, a favourite of Canberra children, is back operating at Weston Park.
> The train, a much-loved attraction at the Yarralumla Play Station, started tootling around the track again over the weekend. It had not been operating during the coronavirus shutdown - also known as its three-month "holiday".
> The Weston Park railway has been around since 1973, first with a little red train. Bermagui Foundry was commissioned to make Bluebell.
> Bluebell runs every half hour from 10am.
> <www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6805502/the-little-blue-train-is-back-on-track>
>
> 200625Th-'CanberraTimes'-WestonPark-Bluebell-train.jpg
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Re: Weston Park miniature / ng railway (ACT)

Barry Sheffield
 

Can't see any smoke or steam - how is it powered?

On 28-Sep-20 9:01 AM, Roderick Smith via groups.io wrote:
JUNE 25 2020 Little blue train back on track at Weston Park
Bluebell the little train is operating again. Picture: Supplied
In another sign of life returning to the realms of normality, Bluebell, the little blue train, a favourite of Canberra children, is back operating at Weston Park.
The train, a much-loved attraction at the Yarralumla Play Station, started tootling around the track again over the weekend. It had not been operating during the coronavirus shutdown - also known as its three-month "holiday".
The Weston Park railway has been around since 1973, first with a little red train. Bermagui Foundry was commissioned to make Bluebell.
Bluebell runs every half hour from 10am.
<www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6805502/the-little-blue-train-is-back-on-track>

200625Th-'CanberraTimes'-WestonPark-Bluebell-train.jpg



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Weston Park miniature / ng railway (ACT)

Roderick Smith
 

JUNE 25 2020 Little blue train back on track at Weston Park
Bluebell the little train is operating again. Picture: Supplied
In another sign of life returning to the realms of normality, Bluebell, the little blue train, a favourite of Canberra children, is back operating at Weston Park.
The train, a much-loved attraction at the Yarralumla Play Station, started tootling around the track again over the weekend. It had not been operating during the coronavirus shutdown - also known as its three-month "holiday".
The Weston Park railway has been around since 1973, first with a little red train. Bermagui Foundry was commissioned to make Bluebell.
Bluebell runs every half hour from 10am.
<www.canberratimes.com.au/story/6805502/the-little-blue-train-is-back-on-track>

200625Th-'CanberraTimes'-WestonPark-Bluebell-train.jpg


Re: Woodlines of Western Australia

David Halfpenny
 

Thanks, Richard,

I’ll have a look at my copy of Rails Through the Bush.
It’s falling apart from hours of handling while I designed a live-steam 3’ 6” Millars Bros train.
If it looks as though Lakewood stock would complement that, I’ll order the Woodlines book, and no doubt knacker the binding of that as well ;-)

David 1/2d
 
On 24 Sep 2020, at 09:06, rthorne475 via groups.io <rthorne475@...> wrote:

David,

The Lakewood Firewood Co., Kurrawang was 3' 6" gauge.  It owned a large number of steam locos over the years, several ex WAGR and ex Commonwealth Rlys.  In the late 1930s it shifted its operations to Lakewood.  In 1956 it purchased two Clyde 0-6-0DHs which were sold, on closure of operations in 1964, to the Commonwealth Rlys. (numbers NC 1 and NC 2).

Full details are in Adrian Gunzburg & Jeff Austin's tome 'Rails through the Bush' (Rail Heritage W. A. 2nd Edition 2008).

Richard Horne

On Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 23:31:51 BST, David Halfpenny via groups.io <david.halfpenny@...> wrote:


Thanks, John.

Any clues about, 
"the Kurrawang and Lakewood woodlines (which) are the main feature of this book” 
anyone please?

Thanks,  David

On 23 Sep 2020, at 22:41, John Browning <ceo8@...> wrote:

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The Kalgoorlie & Boulder Firewood Company and the Westonia Firewood Company were 2ft gauge.
 
John 



Re: Woodlines of Western Australia

rthorne475
 

David,

The Lakewood Firewood Co., Kurrawang was 3' 6" gauge.  It owned a large number of steam locos over the years, several ex WAGR and ex Commonwealth Rlys.  In the late 1930s it shifted its operations to Lakewood.  In 1956 it purchased two Clyde 0-6-0DHs which were sold, on closure of operations in 1964, to the Commonwealth Rlys. (numbers NC 1 and NC 2).

Full details are in Adrian Gunzburg & Jeff Austin's tome 'Rails through the Bush' (Rail Heritage W. A. 2nd Edition 2008).

Richard Horne

On Wednesday, 23 September 2020, 23:31:51 BST, David Halfpenny via groups.io <david.halfpenny@...> wrote:


Thanks, John.

Any clues about, 
"the Kurrawang and Lakewood woodlines (which) are the main feature of this book” 
anyone please?

Thanks,  David

On 23 Sep 2020, at 22:41, John Browning <ceo8@...> wrote:

<image001.gif>
The Kalgoorlie & Boulder Firewood Company and the Westonia Firewood Company were 2ft gauge.
 
John 


Re: Woodlines of Western Australia

David Halfpenny
 

Thanks, John.

Any clues about, 
"the Kurrawang and Lakewood woodlines (which) are the main feature of this book” 
anyone please?

Thanks,  David

On 23 Sep 2020, at 22:41, John Browning <ceo8@...> wrote:

<image001.gif>
The Kalgoorlie & Boulder Firewood Company and the Westonia Firewood Company were 2ft gauge.
 
John 


Re: Woodlines of Western Australia

John Browning
 

The Kalgoorlie & Boulder Firewood Company and the Westonia Firewood Company were 2ft gauge.

 

John


Re: Woodlines of Western Australia

John Dennis
 

David,

I would need to go through the list and double check, but almost all of these lines were 3'6", the "standard" gauge (of the time) in Western Australia. Perhaps one day when I have a little time I will go through the list of the lines and check the gauge from other sources. 

John

On Wed, 23 Sep 2020 at 19:09, David Halfpenny via groups.io <david.halfpenny=yahoo.co.uk@groups.io> wrote:
I like the look of Phil Bianchi’s recent book, Woodlines of Western Australia, but nowhere online can I find the gauge of these railways 
(apart from the Sons of Gwalia, being myself a son of Gwalia).

Any clues please?

Thanks, David 1/2d


Re: Woodlines of Western Australia

David Halfpenny
 

I like the look of Phil Bianchi’s recent book, Woodlines of Western Australia, but nowhere online can I find the gauge of these railways 
(apart from the Sons of Gwalia, being myself a son of Gwalia).

Any clues please?

Thanks, David 1/2d


Re: Light Railways 275

Michael C.
 

G'day all,


I'm very fortunate to have been on the West Coast Wilderness Railway a couple of times.


I have photos online at Flickr.


Take a look if you're interested.


https://www.flickr.com/gp/55958391@N07/3ehsoJ


Regards,


Michael Chapman

In the Formerly United Kingdom


Sent from my Xperia by Sony smartphone



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Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Light Railways 275
Sent: 22 Sep 2020 05:01
From: John Dennis <jdennis412@...>
To: LRRSA@groups.io
Cc:

Thanks Ross,

All good news. WCWR is on my list to ride (again) once we are let free. 

John

On Tue, 22 Sep 2020 at 13:59, Ross Mainwaring <rossmainwaring@...> wrote:
Hi John,

Just letting you know that my friend Dick Lile of the USA received his Mount Lyell book the other day.

Also, the West Coast Wilderness Railway at Queenstown begins running again at the end of this month.

Regards,
Ross


Sent from Outlook


From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> on behalf of John Dennis <jdennis412@...>
Sent: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 1:47 PM
To: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io>
Subject: [LRRSA] Light Railways 275
 
Light Railways 275, the October 2020 issue, has been entrusted to Australia Post for delivery. It should drop into your letterboxes some time soon - or for non-members, it should be available at your usual newsagent. As usual, it is available (Print or PDF) from the online shop: https://shop.lrrsa.org.au/Light-Railways-No275-October-2020

Contents include:
- Tasmanian Main Line Railway - part 2 (Tas)
- Henry’s locomotive operation at Forrest – 1921 (Vic)
- Yallourn, the early years – part 2 (Vic)
Plus a host of most interesting letters, a couple of field reports, the usual Industrial and Heritage news, and a book review.

John Dennis


Re: Light Railways 275

John Dennis
 

Thanks Ross,

All good news. WCWR is on my list to ride (again) once we are let free. 

John

On Tue, 22 Sep 2020 at 13:59, Ross Mainwaring <rossmainwaring@...> wrote:
Hi John,

Just letting you know that my friend Dick Lile of the USA received his Mount Lyell book the other day.

Also, the West Coast Wilderness Railway at Queenstown begins running again at the end of this month.

Regards,
Ross


Sent from Outlook


From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> on behalf of John Dennis <jdennis412@...>
Sent: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 1:47 PM
To: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io>
Subject: [LRRSA] Light Railways 275
 
Light Railways 275, the October 2020 issue, has been entrusted to Australia Post for delivery. It should drop into your letterboxes some time soon - or for non-members, it should be available at your usual newsagent. As usual, it is available (Print or PDF) from the online shop: https://shop.lrrsa.org.au/Light-Railways-No275-October-2020

Contents include:
- Tasmanian Main Line Railway - part 2 (Tas)
- Henry’s locomotive operation at Forrest – 1921 (Vic)
- Yallourn, the early years – part 2 (Vic)
Plus a host of most interesting letters, a couple of field reports, the usual Industrial and Heritage news, and a book review.

John Dennis


Re: Light Railways 275

Ross Mainwaring
 

Hi John,

Just letting you know that my friend Dick Lile of the USA received his Mount Lyell book the other day.

Also, the West Coast Wilderness Railway at Queenstown begins running again at the end of this month.

Regards,
Ross


Sent from Outlook


From: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io> on behalf of John Dennis <jdennis412@...>
Sent: Tuesday, 22 September 2020 1:47 PM
To: LRRSA@groups.io <LRRSA@groups.io>
Subject: [LRRSA] Light Railways 275
 
Light Railways 275, the October 2020 issue, has been entrusted to Australia Post for delivery. It should drop into your letterboxes some time soon - or for non-members, it should be available at your usual newsagent. As usual, it is available (Print or PDF) from the online shop: https://shop.lrrsa.org.au/Light-Railways-No275-October-2020

Contents include:
- Tasmanian Main Line Railway - part 2 (Tas)
- Henry’s locomotive operation at Forrest – 1921 (Vic)
- Yallourn, the early years – part 2 (Vic)
Plus a host of most interesting letters, a couple of field reports, the usual Industrial and Heritage news, and a book review.

John Dennis

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