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Beech Forest - Crowes line
« on: October 10, 2016, 11:12:44 AM »

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Background:

Crowes railway line

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crowes_railway_line

The Crowes railway line was a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway located in the Otway Ranges in south-western Victoria, Australia, running from the main line to Port Fairy at Colac to Beech Forest and later Crowes.

It was the third of four narrow gauge lines of the Victorian Railways, opening to Beech Forest in March 1902, and extended to Crowes in June 1911. Nearly 44 miles (71 km) long, this was the longest of the narrow gauge lines. It was also the last to close, finally succumbing in June 1962, although the line had been truncated in 1954.

The route of the abandoned railway has been developed as the Old Beechy Rail Trail.

Operation

Both the Colac and Crowes lines entered Beech Forest yard from the same end, creating a junction. Trains had to be turned to run down the Crowes branch and a balloon loop was provided at the other end of the yard. A tennis court occupied the land within the loop. Crowes, the terminus of the line, was the most southerly railway station on the Australian mainland.

The primary traffic was sawn timber and firewood, with many sawmills located adjacent to the railway, or accessed by short tramways. Seasonally heavy potato traffic and a lime kiln added to revenue. Traffic grew to require up to 7 trains a day each way by the mid-1920s. The introduction of the G class Garratt locomotive allowed a new timetable with two trains each way between Colac and Beech Forest, and a third train each way to Gellibrand. The Crowes branch saw a single mixed train daily. The arrival of the Great Depression and competition from motor vehicles saw traffic decline to a point where only one train each way operated over the line three days a week. Increased wartime loadings saw traffic increase to two trains each way daily, however this improvement was only temporary. By the time the railway closed, the timetable listed only one train each way a week, and most of the traffic was pulpwood.

The line opened using the Staff and Ticket method of safeworking. However Train Section Orders were adopted between 1927 and 1939, after which Staff and Ticket working was resumed.



All photographs that follow by P G Dow (my grandfather)

1954



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0002.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0025.JPG



NA 5A at Colac 1954

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Colac 1959 and 1960



G42 Colac 1959

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At Spencer St prior to departure for Colac



R724

HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0001.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0003.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0004.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0005.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0006.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0007.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0008.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0009.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/colac/PICT0010.JPG

Tulloh



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Re: Beech Forest - Crowes line
« Reply #1 on: October 10, 2016, 11:13:36 AM »
Barongarook

1954



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/Barongarook/PICT0011.JPG


1959 ARHS special excursion train to Weeaproinah.  Mock bushranger hold up.  I was on the train remember this well.



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/Barongarook/PICT0012.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/Barongarook/PICT0013.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/Barongarook/PICT0014.JPG
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« Reply #4 on: October 10, 2016, 12:33:38 PM »
Dinmont

1959



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Re: Beech Forest - Crowes line
« Reply #5 on: October 10, 2016, 12:34:26 PM »
Beech Forest



Last train from Crowes coming into Beech Forest Dec 1954

HiRES > http://backontrack.org/images/arhs_ng/vrng/PICT0013.JPG



Last train from Crows entering Beech Forest 9/12/1954

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1954



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Beech Forest from coal stage

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Beech Forest station 1954

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ARHS Special at Beech Forest 1959

HiRES > http://backontrack.org/images/arhs_ng/vrng/PICT0006.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/BeechForest/PICT0004.JPG




1959 & 1960

HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/BeechForest/PICT0005.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/BeechForest/PICT0006.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/BeechForest/PICT0007.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/BeechForest/PICT0008.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/BeechForest/PICT0009.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/BeechForest/PICT0010.JPG



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HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/BeechForest/PICT0012.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/BeechForest/PICT0013.JPG



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Local Otway Ranges Dow Family at Beech Forest

Myself left lower with the funny hat.  A hat my Grandfather obtained for me when in India/Pakistan.

HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/BeechForest/PICT0001.JPG
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Re: Beech Forest - Crowes line
« Reply #6 on: October 10, 2016, 12:40:29 PM »
Ferguson

1959 & 1960



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/Ferguson/PICT0001.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/Ferguson/PICT0002.JPG



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Re: Beech Forest - Crowes line
« Reply #7 on: October 10, 2016, 12:42:02 PM »
Weeaproinah

1954



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/Weeaproinah/PICT0007.JPG

1959 & 1960



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/Weeaproinah/PICT0006.JPG



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End of the line at Weeaproinah, line extended to Crowes.



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/Weeaproinah/PICT0004.JPG

Myself and Uncle Mal
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« Reply #8 on: October 10, 2016, 02:51:29 PM »


Last train from Crowes at Kincaid tank 9/12/1954

HiRES > http://backontrack.org/images/arhs_ng/vrng/PICT0001.JPG



Wyelangta

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Near Kincaid

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Lavers Hill

HiRES > http://backontrack.org/images/arhs_ng/vrng/PICT0009.JPG



Ferguson 1954

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« Reply #9 on: October 10, 2016, 06:03:32 PM »
The ticket my Grandpa and Uncle used on the last train from Crowes



Last train from Crowes  1954



G41 at Crowes

HiRES > http://backontrack.org/images/arhs_ng/vrng/PICT0011.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/crowes/PICT0001.JPG



HiRes > http://backontrack.org/images/vr_ng/crowes/PICT0002.JPG
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