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Whilst my interest in railways goes back to the earliest point of my memory (I cannot remember not being interested in trains and railways),  I was only able to start travelling on trains and photographing them beginning in the 1980's.  These first trips were mostly Steamrail excursions out of Melbourne to various destinations around the state.

Bear in mind that, in the 1980's pictures I had a 2nd hand Kodak Instamatic camera that took 126 film, and little idea of photograph composition!  This camera was upgraded to a Konica point & shoot in the mid 80's, but this was also a fixed focus, fixed exposure, fixed lens camera.  At least it was 35mm!  Most of the pictures here from that era were taken on Kodachrome 64 slide film.

In the 90's this was finally upgraded to a Minolta SLR camera and some experimentation with various types of film and lenses.

Please select a report from the list below.  The sections are in reverse date order, so the most recent reports are first.



2004
June 14 Albury 3801 and 4908 visit Albury on the Queen's Birthday weekend
June 08 Echuca Y112 and A2 996 move out of Echuca Wharf
May 13 Bandiana/Wodonga Y169 around Wodonga and Bandiana
May 05 G42 Puffing Billy Some pics of G42 I snapped on a quick trip to Melbourne
Apr 14 Yarra Glen A few pics of Yarra Glen station
Apr 10 Leneva Leneva Steam Rally on Easter Saturday
Apr 4 Huon Some shots at Huon station on the old Cudgewa line
Feb 10 Oaklands 9392 Up Oaklands Grain with X44 and S300
Feb 1 MRPS K163 is welcomed back into service on the Mornington Railway
Jan Wodonga Some shots taken at Wodonga station
Jan Tocumwal Some shots taken around Toc station

2003
Nov 24 Bandiana A few pics of the track machine at Bandiana
Nov 8 Violet Town SRHC took J515 and T357 to Violet Town for Market Day
Oct 4 Seymour A tour of the Seymour Railway Heritage Centre
Sept 27 Southern NSW The RTM Southern Steam Spectacular - Picton, Goulburn, Queanbeyan
Sept 20 Swan Hill The Steamrail trip with D3639 and R761.
Sept 5 Wodonga An hour at Wodonga Coal Sidings Signal Box
August 06 Albury The last day in  operation of Albury Station Box and Albury South Box
July 30 Wodonga Wodonga A Box and Station Area
June 25 Albury Some work in progress on the Albury platform
June 21 Maryborough B74's 50th Birthday tour from Seymour to Maryborough
June 7 Junee - Parkes 3801 headed the "Riverina" from Junee to Parkes
May 24 Tocumwal SRHC ran a picnic train to Tocumwal with B74 and T357.
May 17 Wycheproof We chase R761 and R707 on the Steamrail day tour to Wycheproof.
May Wodonga A few shots around Wodonga
April 23 Puffing Billy We take a school holiday trip on Puffing Billy from Belgrave to Gembrook.
April 3 A ride to Albury We take a lunchtime trip from Wodonga to Albury and back.
March 30 Relics of the Cudgewa We take a walk/ride/drive along the old Cudgewa branch and have a look at the magnificent old trestle bridges.
March 17 Chiltern A southbound PacNat steelie takes a side trip into the paddock at Chiltern...
March 2 Thirlmere A few shots of the 2003 Thirlmere Steam Festival with 3112, 2705 and some notable diesels.
Feb Wodonga Some trains at Wodonga Station
Jan 22 Deniliquin Goods We chase the Down Deni goods from Echuca to Deniliquin, with A79 on the point.

2002
Nov 28 Kinder Train R711 and S313 team up to haul the Kinder Train to Bacchus Marsh

2001
December Walhalla We take a ride on the WGR text.gif (109 bytes) photo.gif (130 bytes)
April  Junee A CFLCA container train between Junee and Cootamundra text.gif (109 bytes) photo.gif (130 bytes)

2000
Sep '00  Melbourne R711 Departs Spencer Street Station text.gif (109 bytes) photo.gif (130 bytes)

1990's
Dec 1996 Tocumwal More pics at Tocumwal Station text.gif (109 bytes) photo.gif (130 bytes)
Nov 1996 Tocumwal Two shots of H4 and P23 at Tocumwal text.gif (109 bytes) photo.gif (130 bytes)
Nov 1996 Tumut & Junee Various rail-related shots on a trip through the Tumut - Junee area text.gif (109 bytes) photo.gif (130 bytes)
May 1996 Bendigo Double-headed R-classes out of Bendigo text.gif (109 bytes) photo.gif (130 bytes)
Sep 1992 Junee Junee Roundhouse full of 45's and a shot at Bethungra Spiral text.gif (109 bytes) photo.gif (130 bytes)
199? Rubicon Some pictures of the Rubicon Tramway

1980's
May 1986 Ballarat Steamrail R761 at Ballarat c.1986
1986 Wagga A day at Wagga in 1986.
1980 Healesville I found some old scratchy slides taken at Healesville in 1980

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