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  Railways in Melbourne - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Victorian Railways extended this line to Camberwell in 1882 and Ringwood and Lilydale in 1883 and Healesville in 1889.
Victorian Railways opened a line from Footscray to Sunbury in 1859 and St Albans and Woodend in 1861.
The railway reopened in 1917 and was electrified in 1920.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Railways_in_Melbourne   (1897 words)

 Rail transport in Victoria - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The first railways in Victoria were private companies, but when these companies failed or defaulted, Victorian Railways was established to take over their operations.
Victorian lines use 5' 3" gauge, with the exception of a few experimental narrow gauge lines, as well as some 4' 8½" freight and interstate lines.
Victorian Railways grew to service all parts of the state, and became something of a political football with politicians demanding new lines to be built in places where traffic levels never justified it.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Rail_transport_in_Victoria   (3245 words)

 Chapter 4: Building Australia's First Railways, 1848-1873   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
Thus, the emergence of railways in Australia was a close copy of their development in northeastern England, where horse-operated coal tramways had anticipated the railway age by half a century.
John Whitton, Australia's dominant railway engineer of the nineteenth century, was appointed Engineer in Chief of the NSWGR in 1856 and immediately advised conversion of the then still infant railway to the Irish gauge, but his political masters demurred at even this modest expense.
Three main railways were envisaged: from Melbourne northwards to the goldfields city of Sandhurst (now Bendigo) thence onwards to the Murray River at Echuca; from the port of Geelong to the other major goldfields centre of Ballarat; and between the two ports of Melbourne and Geelong.
www.ahc.gov.au /publications/national-stories/transport/chapter4.html   (4795 words)

 Opposition to Victorian Railways   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
Railway historian Frederick S. Williams writes: “A rumor that it was proposed to bring such a thing as a railroad within a dozen miles of a particular neighborhood was enough to elicit adverse petitions to Parliament, and public subscriptions were opened to give effect to the opposition.” (p.
Railway historian W.T. Jackson, writing in 1916, could scarcely believe that some towns “rejected the boon that was offered them, and opposed the railways so strongly that they would not allow the company to build their line within the city limits.
The passage of the railway by Furness Abbey was the British one.” (pp.
www.mtholyoke.edu /courses/rschwart/ind_rev/rs/denault.htm   (5678 words)

 Victorian Railways
Railway Mania — The Financing of Early Railways, Speculation, and Stock Swindling
Railways in Victorian Fiction — The Effect upon the City
Charles Dickens on The Positive Effects of Victorian Railways
www.victorianweb.org /technology/rrov.html   (138 words)

 Victorian Railways in England - the Age of Steam
Victorian Railways in England - the Age of Steam
There were railways of a sort before the 19th century in Britain.
Some prominent Victorian railway stations are still in use, notably Paddington (the building, not the bear of the same name), St. Pancras, and York.
www.britainexpress.com /History/railways.htm   (406 words)

The impact the railways had on the psyche of Dickens is quite obvious in Dombey and Son.
Dickens was using the railway and the death of a particular lifestyle as a metaphor for the death of young Paul Dombey.
For most of the population, the railways were new and exciting, expensive, and a burden to ride.
www.gober.net /victorian/reports/railroad.html   (1783 words)

 The Amalgamation of Victorian Railways; or What Followed the Railway Mania
Victorian entrepreneurs obtained financing, constructed the right-of-way, laid track, and purchased rolling stock, which they often had painted in distinctive, even garish, colors.
The Great Northern Railway founded in 1846 was an amalgamation of the London and York and the Direct Northern railways, but did not reach London until 1850, King's Cross Station being opened two years later.
The Great Eastern Railway began as the Eastern Counties Railway, a motley collection of many small railways in East Anglia, of which the Northern and Eastern was the most important, for it extended the scope of the railway towards Cambridge.
www.victorianweb.org /technology/railways/casserley1.html   (833 words)

 Victorian Preserved Railways
Railway preservation in Victoria is alive and well.
Located on the Bellarine Peninsular close to "The Heads" at the Port Phillip Bay entrance, The Bellarine Railway headquarters are at Queenscliffe.
Maldon in the Victorian Goldfields dates from the late 19th century retaining the feel that the gold has only just run out.
users.tpg.com.au /users/ipether/vicrail_p.html   (550 words)

 Victorian Railways
The railway was opened for passengers, parcels and light goods on 4th July 1837.
The Liverpool and Manchester railway was opened on 15th September 1830, and it was 31 miles long.
The old days of local time (as in Bristol) jarred with railways that crossed the country and ran to a national timetable, and in 1845 the rail companies successfully lobbied Parliament to abolish it.
www.ourwardfamily.com /victorian_railways.htm   (1322 words)

 Public Record Office Victoria online catalogue   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
The Railways Group is dated from the appointment on 26 November 1860 of the first Commissioner of Railways who took over ministerial responsibility for railways from the Commissioner of Public Works (VRG 28).
During the period 1861 to 1880 the Commissioner responsible for railways also assumed ministerial responsibility for roads and bridges, taking over this role at the end of 1861 from the Commissioner of Crown Lands and Survey (VRG 18), when the position was retitled Commissioner of Railways and Roads.
Under the provisions of the Victorian Railways Commissioners Act 1883 (47 Vic., No.767), the Victorian Railways Commissioners (VA 2876) were appointed in 1883, taking over all the responsibilities of the Board of Land and Works for railways in 1884.
www.access.prov.vic.gov.au /public/component/daPublicBaseContainer?component=daViewGroup&entityId=32   (1121 words)

 Rail & Tramways
- Locomotives And Railcars Of The Commonwealth Railways.
The Railways of the Northern Suburbs of Brisbane.
The building of a railway over the coastal mountains behind Cairns a century ago was one of the great engineering feats in Australia in colonial days, the work of the railway builders, the explorations in search of a route, and of the rivalry between Cairns, Port Douglas and Innisfail.
www.bspgallery.com.au /rail.htm   (1371 words)

 Trams of the Victorian Railways
The Victorian Railways (VR)were responsible for two tram lines, one of 1600mm gauge from St. Kilda railway station to Brighton Beach, and the other of 1435mm gauge from Sandringham railway station to Black Rock.
The line was built in response to demands that the St. Kilda railway line be extended.The fact that the then Victorian Premier, Tommy Bent (Bent by name, bent by nature)lived along the route also had a lot to do with it, mainly because of the increased property values that the new line was responsible for.
The proposal by the Victorian Railways commissioners to substitute buses for trams on the Sandringham-Black Rock route was strongly opposed by the Sandringham City Council and other local organisations.
www.geocities.com /Hollywood/Set/9507/vrtrams.html   (4164 words)

 Steam Locomotives of Victoria, AU
The railway was closed when I visited but I was able to snap a shot of their two steam locomotives.
It is a class K 2-8-0 built in 1940 by the Victorian Railways.
N432 is a 2-8-2 built by the Victorian Railways Newport Workshops in 1951.
www.steamlocomotive.com /australia/vic   (2323 words)

The Victorian Railways could not make up their minds about these locomotives: some had Walschart's valve gear, some Stephenson's; some had smoke deflectors, some not; and some had Boxpok wheels, and some had plain spoked.
The R class were in fact the fourth class of Victorian locomotive to be so labelled, and were orginally planned as Pacific (4-6-2) locomotives, but were altered to a Hudson (4-6-4) in a bid to reduce axle weight.
The S class were the Victorian Railways equivalent of the NSW 42 class, itself a development from the original Commonwealth Railways GM class.
www.csse.monash.edu.au /~ajh/trains/vic   (1679 words)

 Papers of John Leonard Buckland - MS 8059
Buckland's extensive railway photographic collection is housed in the Pictorial Section of the National Library.
After his retirement in 1975 he devoted all his time to his railway interests.Buckland was a founding member of the Australian Railway Historical Society and served as President and Vice-President of the Victorian Division, before resigning to join the NSW Division in the 1960s.
He was a regular contributor to the ARHS Bulletin and Light Railways (the journal of the Light Railway Research Society of Australia) and co-authored the first volume (1845-1904) of a history of Victorian Railways steam locomotives.
nla.gov.au /nla.ms-ms8059   (1346 words)

 Public transport - 150th anniversary of Victorian railways
The railways reached Geelong in 1857, Sunbury in 1859, Bendigo in 1862 and Echuca in 1864.
Agricultural booms also led to further expansion of the rail network and soon the railways became the symbol of progress and prosperity.
Victoria's railways have grown with the State and remain a key part of our passenger and freight transport networks.
www.doi.vic.gov.au /DOI/Internet/transport.nsf/AllDocs/0B2FA0A482BC4F334A256D860082B85D?OpenDocument   (464 words)

 Puffing Billy Railway, Victoria, Australia
The Victorian Railways, the original owners of the Puffing Billy Railway, had been looking for a reason to close all uneconomic lines, which included the Upper Ferntree Gully - Gembrook narrow gauge line.
During 1977 the former Premier of Victoria the late Sir Rupert Hamer pushed legislation through the Victorian Parliament handing over all of the Victorian Railways property to the Emerald Tourist Railways Board, which was also created by the Act.
We are now the biggest heritage railway in the world and in directly contribute over 100 million dollars AUD to the Victorian economy in tourism yearly.
www.billwilliams.org /puffingbilly/history2.html   (575 words)

 Victorian Railways, Museum Victoria, Australia
Victorian Railways Commissioner Harold Clapp was fond of repeating a comment made to him by an American railway worker: 'The railway is ninety-five per cent men and five per cent iron.' Victoria's railways have relied on the women and men who served in diverse roles to provide a state-wide transport service.
Loyalty and dedication was demanded, and there was a strong expectation that workers would advance their railway-related skills outside of working hours through various training and self-improvement programs.
When the suburban railway service merged with the bus and tram services to form the MET in 1983 this strong community underwent a difficult transition.
www.mov.vic.gov.au /railways/theme.aspx?theme=443&lvl=1   (221 words)

The Victorian Rail Track Corporation (Victrack) has implemented a restoration program for buildings in its ownership that are included on the Victorian Heritage Register.
The history of the Victorian railway network is vital to understanding the history of the State as the network reflects the technological, economic and social forces of the past one and a half centuries, and it remains pivotal in the state’s economy.
The brochure will outline the significance of the Sandridge railway line through the interpretation of its historic features existing in the past and through what remains today, identifying key heritage places and the derivation of some key place and reserve names passed along the way.
home.vicnet.net.au /~atr/specials/heritage_seminar.htm   (2087 words)

 The National Archives Learning Curve | Victorian Britain | Happy Nation
At first, railway companies tried to avoid catering for the masses and preferred to run trains that only offered second and first class carriages.
But in 1844 the Railways Act stated that at least one train a day must stop at every station and include third class carriages.
So the railways were very important in the development of professional football in Britain.
www.learningcurve.gov.uk /victorianbritain/happy/default.htm   (481 words)

 JaGF - on-line   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
Most of the photo's shown in the gallery where taken at the Warrnambool railway yards during the early 80's.
Warrnambool then, was a hive of rail activity, there was a large goods yard to which a variety of wagons where stored.
Warrnambool yard is now vastly different compared to the 80's, still there are 3 passenger services from Melbourne, but it's the variety of locomotives which were seen then are not seen on the line in present day.
users.bigpond.net.au /jagf/gallery.html   (138 words)

 Victorian Railways A2 CLASS 4-6-0   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
The 'A2's were for sometime Australia's premier express passenger locomotives until equalled by the NSW NN class 4-6-0 of 1914 and finally being surpassed by the 'C36' class in 1925.
They did however remain as the mainstay of the Victorian mainline passenger locomotive fleet.
Modifications made over the years included lowered blast pipes and front end draughting improvements, stovepipe chimneys, elephant ear smoke deflectors and on some of the class the fitting of Boxpok driving wheels.
www.steamtrainartist.com /text_steam_train_PL1064.html   (246 words)

 Steam & Engine of Australia - ARHS Vic Museum - Steam Collection
Since E 236 was built in 1893 in England and E 369 was built locally in Ballarat in 1892 it suggests that the Victorian Railways numbered the locomotives when they were ordered rather than delivered.
This class is the first group of locomotives built internally by the VR - previously they had assembled some of the locomotives but not built any from scratch.
West Coast Railway recently rebuilt one of these units to compete with diesel units sucesfully.
www.steamengine.com.au /railways/mainline/arhs/steam.html   (618 words)

 adonline.id.au | Melbourne Buildings | Railways Building
The former Victorian Railways Administration Building was the largest office building to be constructed in Victoria in the 19th Century and remains as a major landmark, extending 120 meters along the west side of Spencer Street.
It was originally intended that the façade be constructed in bluestone, but the sheer size of this building meant that brick, concrete and stucco was employed instead.
The former Victorian Railways Administration Building was the head office of the Victorian Railways Department (later Metropolitan Transit Authority) from 1888 until 1985.
www.adonline.id.au /buildings/railways.php   (173 words)

 Locomotives of the Past
The engine is of the 0-4-2 type, and was designed in 1882 by William Stroudley, Locomotive Superintendent of the London, Brighton and South Coast Railway.
The express is hauled by one of Patrick Stirling's famous "singles." These locomotives, with a single pair of 8 ft. driving wheels, were among the fastest of their time.
This photograph of a Continental express on the old London, Brighton and South Coast Railway is of special interest as illustrating the use made of tank engines for express trains working in later "Brighton Line" days.
mikes.railhistory.railfan.net /r021.html   (382 words)

 Tourist:Trains:AJH   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-09-21)
Distinguished by being the first railway preservation effort in Australia, the railway has grown from humble volunteer beginnings in the late 1950s to become a fully operational and professional railway system.
The Belgrave to Gembrook line is the sole (original) survivor of a number of narrow-gauge (762mm or 2ft6in) built by the Victorian Railways from the 1890s as "pioneering" branch lines.
The Victorian Goldfields Railway has restored the old Castlemaine-Maldon VR line, and is currently running trains over the Maldon half of the line to a siding at Muckleford.
www.csse.monash.edu.au /~ajh/trains/tourist/index.html   (817 words)

 Victorian Servants
In Victorian times, live-in servants, who had all their expenses (food, lodging, clothes etc) taken care of, earned as little as £10 a year, (which is only the equivalent of £77 in today's money).
There would have been a large central table with ladder-back chairs all around, perhaps some dressers along the walls, and light was provided by candles or oil and kerosene lamps.
Although most large Victorian household utilized gas lighting, it was reserved for use “Upstairs”.
www.ourwardfamily.com /victorian_servants.htm   (4316 words)

 Victorian Station - Museums
National Museum of Women in the Arts- Washington D.C. Many women artists were well known in their day, yet, historically they were left behind.
A unique perspective of the birth of railways in Victorian England.
Tour House is entirely furnished in the Victorian period.
www.victorianstation.com /museummenu.htm   (219 words)

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