Dimboola station. This great photo was taken by my son Craig

Saturday, 14 April 2012

My Dimboola passenger

Chance to run my V/Line Dimboola passenger. The N class is Auscision N474, which I convinced the team at Auscision to do, as this loco was one of the group allocated to haul the Overland. The vans, also Auscision. The cars, a ACZ, scratch built, a BRS snack bar, from Powerline, and a BS, also Powerline. All three cars run on accurate brass bogies.

This train ended on 21 August 1993, with withdrawal of the service past Ararat.

Back in the early 1960's, the service from Ararat to Dimboola, was one of the last steam hauled passenger runs. From ararat, the train, called the Peanut, would usually be reduced to two cars and a van. The diesel would be removed and an R class steam loco added. At Horsham, the R would be removed, and a J class steam, or Y class diesel would take over, though still expected to maintain the timetable of the R class.

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