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March 2020 edition

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In the March 2020 edition, we focus on stories from what was known as the Yungera line, today's Piangil freight line and Swan Hill passenger line.   Our first feature is by Mark Cauchi and commemorates the extension from Piangil to Kooloonong, which opened 100 years ago this month. Mark ...Read more
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In the March 2020 edition, we focus on stories from what was known as the Yungera line, today's Piangil freight line and Swan Hill passenger line.
 
Our first feature is by Mark Cauchi and commemorates the extension from Piangil to Kooloonong, which opened 100 years ago this month. Mark's line history also serves as a history of the region itself and the ill-fated soldier-settler scheme that saw large numbers of World War I veterans set up as farmers on marginal land, only to endure hardship as repeated droughts turned their farms to dust.
 
Our second feature is a piece by Norman Houghton on a 1981 trip that captures the rationalisation of wayside stations underway, with many in the process of being closed and their buildings demolished.
 
Our third feature takes us to Castlemaine, where Jim Foley presents a variety of derailments and mishaps that have taken place in the vicinity over the years, including dramatic photographs of two major incidents: one in 1919 and the other in 1982, captured by a father and son in the same family.
 
We also have all the usual regular sections:
- General News
- Observations
- Tramways
- Works
- Where Is It?
- Preservation (with details of the K163 appeal)
- Taildisc
 
Also included in this month are a book review of the 'Along the line' book that records the local history of (now-demolished) stations along the Caulfield to Oakleigh line, and the Newsrail 2018 index.
 
This month's wrap-around cover photo was taken by Wayne Morris.


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