Wangaratta Working Woes
Pages from a Victorian Railways Loco Repair Book 1945 – 1954
John E. Thompson
published by the Author, December 2018
A new book that presents a fascinating glimpse into the working lives of Victorian Railways enginemen and the difficulties they often encountered in their daily operation of ageing steam locomotives.
One of these depots was at Wangaratta, a busy station in north-east Victoria, 145.5 miles (233 km) by rail from Melbourne, on the main line between Melbourne and Albury.”
“Now reproduced in this book, the pages include the last few years of train operation on the narrow gauge Whitfield line, with engines 13A and 15A well represented in the listings of defects needing attention, among a variety of broad gauge steam locomotives. Also notable in these pages is the relative paucity of entries for repairs carried out in response to many of the drivers’ complaints. In some cases, drivers undertook urgent remedial work themselves.”
There are 46 double-page openings and one left-side page of the Loco Repair book as well as a Foreword, a Working Timetable circular relating to the workings of the Whitfield Postal Rail Motor. Also included are four postcard images of Wangaratta station and yard.
There is a total of 97 pages inside illustrated card covers. The book is A4 in size.
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