Another Railway??

Well Saturday was an early start with Adission, Fletch, Riley and Ian (A volunteer that has been around since the early days of the Railway) making there way to Daylesford Spa Country Railway.

When we arrived the Volunteers from DSCR were just getting started moving there goods train so that the GY could be accessed with to backhoe to pick out a couple of trolley axles.

Loading an 8W Trolley frame and Axles onto the Truck.

The YVG would like to say a Huge thanks to the Board and Volunteers from DSCR for allowing us to obtain theses much needed items.

Back at Maldon were the weather was just a bit nicer then Daylesford, The Trolley parts were unloaded into the compound or into the Gang shed.

From here its a bit all over the place as there was lots of odd jobs and cleaning up happening

Next one the list was to Number the shed roads, So now we have road 77 and road 81

He we see Fletch checking over 6W19. just before this it had been started for the first time in a couple of months and in true Wisconsin engine style it started first try.

6W19 was moved out of the shed and placed into the container to make room for K200 to be moved from the container into the Gang shed

To get K200 out of the container everything in front of it had to come out this included the Trike and MTH. Here the Trike and MTH are sitting off the embankment in what would have been seen along many of the VR lines in their heyday.

As always YVG are around almost every weekend so feel free to drop by Maldon Station and see what we’re up to! Or even better if your aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG send Fletcher an email for more info – yvg@vgr.com.au

Trolleys, Trains and Movies

Well Due to a few things that you’ll see a bit later, We missed last weeks blog so lets start with last weekend. Last weekend saw the YVG working on trolleys again.

First thing was to paint the side timbers for the new seat frames. Above we see Fletcher rolling on the first coats of paint and below Ryan is rolling on the last coat of paint.

Whilst Fletcher and Ryan were painting Riley was busy welding up the new seat frames above we see the before and after. Not long after this this seat frame was yellow as well.

Siahna watches on as Fletcher stains the seat timbers

That was about as far as we’ve got with the trolleys for now

Some of you may have noticed that over the school holidays one of VGR’s first class carriages ‘Macedon’ was missing from the train’s. That was due to Fletcher and Riley installing the Projectors and Speakers to improve the quality and hopefully in the future the frequency of our movie trains.

Not many photos were taken due both being busy trying to get it all installed and forgetting to take them

Here we see the box that fletcher made for to house the Amplifier, Dvd Player, Remotes, Dvd’s and the Computer.

Riley Striping and installing the plugs on the speaker wires

With all the all the wires and power cables and hdmi cables run Fletcher and Riley plug all 35 or so wires and cables into the amplifier

And then after an hour or so of playing with settings it time to test it all and what better way to test it then to watch a movie. The movie picked was The Polar Express and little to say it looked and sounded amazing

Here we see the finish product.

On Tuesday the 26th Adisson, Bek and Riley helped out with the transfer of rolling stock from Maldon the Muckleford and Castlemaine and a couple of wagons from Muckleford back to Maldon. It was a pretty impressive train to say the least. But… we forgot to get a photo but we did remember to get one the way back. Here Y133 waits in Muckleford platform for the photographer to get back on board before departing for Maldon.

On Wednesday Riley and Kristian (YVG Member and K160 Project Manger) ventured to Newport, With the aim of removing the Connecting Rods.

With the pins, bolts and big Ends removed the fork lift was called on todo the heavy lifting

Kristian with a big smile now that work has finally recommenced on 160

Thats It for this this time with most of the regular YVG members being rostered on over the weekend not much happened. Over the next few weeks things should pick up a bit more with the trolleys and then it’ll be onto the next project.

And as alway remember the YVG are around most weekends so feel free to drop by Maldon Station and see what we’re up to! Or even better if your aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG send Fletcher an email for more info – yvg@vgr.com.au

Seats of Royalty

Just a few photos from the past week.

On Friday Afternoon all the timber for the trolley seats arrived at Maldon ready for the YVG working bee this coming weekend. There will be lots of Sanding and Painting to be done and a few other things are on the list if time permits.

If your interested in helping out this weekend send Fletcher Email: yvg@vgr.com.au

Bek has now started on the last seat at Castlemaine

And the Second Last Royal Train Shunt was preformed by qualified YVG Members

Bek and Riley are seen here plugging the Multiple Unit (MU) cable in to the B and S

A short time later S303 and B74 are seen sitting in 3 siding while the driver walks the length of the train to complete his brake exam

And below we see the 4 YVG members that have been involved in the royal train

Left – Right: Rebekah (Fireman/Shunter), Kristian (Driver/Shunter), Riley (Shunter), Adisson (Fireman/Shunter/Steward)
Please Note: ALL Photos have been taken by Qualified Safe Working Staff whilst on duty and at NO point did anyone trespass to take a photo

Remember the YVG are around most weekends so feel free to drop by Maldon Station and see what we’re up to! Or even better if your aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG send Fletcher an email for more info – yvg@vgr.com.au

Bek and the Seats

With no sign writing jobs around the railway Bek went looking…

And well she found the seats at Castlemaine.

The seats on the platform at Castlemaine were repainted a few years ago and they’ve just been missing one thing and that’s the station name of course!

So Bek decided it was time to do just that, and I think you’ll agree they look great.

With the works on getting trolleys operational work has started to pick up with the seat frame for 8W25 now finished here it is fitted. Over the coming weeks, another frame will be completed and timbers painted and fitted .

Remember the YVG are around most weekends so feel free to drop by Maldon Station and see what we’re up to! Or even better if your aged between 15 and 35 and interested in joining the YVG send Fletcher an email for more info – yvg@vgr.com.au