More Doggies from Aussi

Discussion in 'The Real Thing- International' started by interurban, Mar 12, 2003.

  1. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Hello you lot:D
    Here are some doggies from me mate Arthur.
    I think they are really great.
    Thanks Arthur;)

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  2. interurban

    interurban Active Member

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    Nice

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    Woodie ya had better string some wire up :D

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    OOOO BOY

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    I Thought I saw a spark FLY:D

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    Thats all for now Folks Hope you like them .
    They would be great to model;)

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    God it's nostalgic. Here are a bunch of photos from my home town and I'm 3000 miles away!!
    One of the more enterprising small businesses in Melbourne does kits for the suburban stock. I'll try to track down details and post them if there's interest.
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    Hi Triman, I think these would make a great layout.
    BUT you have to electrify properly:D
    I would love a kit. Let us now the cost please;)
  9. triman

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    Several of the smaller lines around Melbourne also had a 1-car service with a combined driving/motor dogbox trundling through the leafy suburbs.
    Parcels service was provided by about 10 or 12 1-car units painted later in a blue/yellow livery advertising the parcel service.
    As for costs I'll hunt around the net today.
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    Cheers Triman.

    A friend is going to make one last trip to Aussi:D
    He would pick them up , Could you find out if they are motorised please.

    I don`t know when Dave me mate is planing the trip.
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    Thanks for the info triman:D :D
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    Matthyro Will always be re-membered

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    WOW do these bring back memories for me too. At one time I lived in Pretoria South Africa and often traveled to Johannesburg on trains like these. That would be in the late 1940s and early 1950s unfortunately I never even thought of taking pictures of them
  14. triman

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    Hey Interurben. When your mate heads down this way have him check 2 dining possibilities in Melbourne. The first is the Classic carraige train restaurant
    http://www.classictrainrestaurant.com.au/classiccarriage/home
    runs from Spencer Street Melbourne to Geelong and return, a trip of about 90 miles or so, takes 3 or 4 hours depending on the day of travel. Good way to take a short train trip.
    The other option is the Colonial Tramcar Restaurant, a couple of modified W class trams which trundle around the streets of Melbourne
    http://www.anzac.com/aust/vic/ctr.htm
    Good food and some grand views.
  15. Woodie

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    Melbourne Red Rattlers

    Chris,

    As I mentioned, I have a set of the "taits" and a set of the "dogboxes" running around Garahbara.

    They are resin moulded "one piece" body kits, supplied with white metal chassis. No motor, but recommendation on which ready made locos will fit. Extenstion to the driveshaft and uni-joints are supplied.

    They are made by "Sam's Workshops"

    Sam's Workshop Models
    PO Box 507
    St Albans MDC, VIC 3021

    No email, phone number, or website available.

    Cost is about $90 - $130 (AUS) per car (not including motor). Parts included are body, buffers, and panto, and whitemetal bogies. You supply the windows, and paints and couplers.


    They were a limited run, and I don't think a re-run has been done, as the guy that made them may have.... ummm.... passed on.

    I got mine from

    Victorian Hobby Centre
    1st Floor,
    21A Swanston St.
    Melbourne VIC 3001
    +61 3 96504817
    (right in the middle of town).

    email vichobbycentre@bigpond.com (got that from a hobby shop list, so don't know how current the email addy is).

    BTW... the second pic **points up the thread** is an area of Melbourne that no longer exists. The bridge/viaduct that is in the pic was demolished about 8 years ago and is now the location of the world's biggest casino!!! However, the portion of the bridge across the river has been kept for heritiage purposes, as it was the first railbridge built in Australia.
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    Chris,

    Does this one get your juices going?? :):):)

    It is the Melbourne Flinders St railyards in 1961 (from the same book as the pics you posted).

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    ....... and the same area as it is today (from a bit further away). In the background is the 100,000 seat MCG stadium (1956 Olympics) but has been rebuilt since the "yards" pic), and on the right (with the white roofs) is the National Tennis Centre, where the Australian Tennis Open is played. A lot of the yards have now been removed, and relocated to the suburbs, and housing/parkland/tennis centre have replaced them, plus a project to "roof them in" has been going on for about 30 years now. Your second pic (above) tacks onto the bottom right of this pic. (but, of course, that pic is from about 35 years ago.)

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  18. interurban

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    o boy o boy o boy o boy o boy

    Woodie thats a sight to behold, Glad ya got the mag great eh?
    Hi Triman me mate:D said he was in the shop last year,
    so I should be all set now all I have to do is kick him over there.;)
  19. triman

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    Interurben, woodie etc.
    Woodie's pic of Flinders Street Station and the Jolimont yards, probably taken from the Rialto Building, shows the construction of what must be the world's second ugliest public space, (there must be one uglier, but then I'm not an architect or artist) just beyond the bridge.
    Every election for about 50 years the main plank of the Liberal party campaign was to roof the rail yards and bring the River Yarra closer to the city.
    Few years ago the project finally started. All the suburban stock went to de-centralised stabling sidings where the graffiti vandals, sorry, public artists, could get easier access to them.
    If Woodie has a picture from the west face of the Rialto it will show the country stabling sidings just north of Spencer Street Station. There once was an extensive freight marshalling setup over there but it's been removed to allow access to the port area from the west end of town and to put in Death Valley, sorry, a roofed stadium for assorted sporting events.
    To the northwest is the main loco servicing and storage facilities.
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    H Triman Thanks for the info and great history. why do Elected Goverments always ^&%^$^&*** about with things.
    Have you any recent shots of the same area??

    The Same happed in the UK with Beechams so called AXE the swine decimated British rail.

    I think you had a darn cool electric railway service with great looking "doggies", I do hope some one models that era, WITH PROPER OVERHEAD WIRE AND LIVE PICKUP OFfTHE OVERHEAD.
    Now that would be neat:D :D :D ;)