Wonthaggi/Kilcunda train line - 1988
The Movie

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Some MPEG sequences from the 3 hour RT1 video
On the trip down (with the train bits banging around in the back of the ambulance). Can you guess the name of the theme music in the background?

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Initial assembly phase - trying to juggles one of the sides into place

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"Huey ... Huey ... Just come and push this a little bit." Putting things together on the line, hammering in the pins.

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"Now, Dennis - can you give this other side a hard shove while I belt this end pin in ..."
Wind noise in the microphone spoilt these shots - I need a decent windsock.

16 seconds (2.1Mb - about 1 minute to load on a good day)

"Okay, kids - now don't let any of this go-go juice splash in your eyes" The kids had plenty of rides during the day as well, although not at quite the same breakneck speed.

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Time for a few test runs. Rex had some some meters installed so he could keep a handy eye on the main motor's armature current.
He preferred to keep it below 70 Amps, but that wasn't always possible going up a steep grade with 3 or 4 of us on board.
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For the first few times we came down, we'd have to dig the track out from under the dirt road all over again. (Well, it kept us fit anyway)

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Over the road, we headed up the slight grade through the cutting and then down another slight grade toward the tressle bridge. But before too long, we hit a patch of vegetation. Here, we attempt to cut our way through by force, but in the end the wheels lost traction.
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After cutting away the vegetation, we discover another obstacle - a sand dune. The left-hand rail was buried about one metre down. Several hours were spent removing this particular annoyance.

25 seconds (3.4Mb - about 2 minutes to load on a good day)

Finally we reached the bridge. A few hundred metres further on the track ended at a pine fence! On the way back, the sun finally came out for a few minutes, so this is one of the better shots of crossing the great tressle bridge of Kilcunda.

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A month or so later (in June), we finally ran into the razor gang pulling up the tracks. Yes folks - the Victorian Govt had sold the rails to the Japanese for $2 a foot! Here's the oxy-trolley rolling along and cutting the fish-plates in two.

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The following week, we drove down the road to our usual launching spot and found the track had disappeared. So we drove back toward the tressle bridge and loaded the train on near there. Had to rip out a fence first.

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So we drove back across the tressle bridge and up through the cutting, and there we found (guess who) ... the razor gang, hard at work.
So that was the end of Kilcunda for us. (I'm told that the bridge is still there, and people do something called "walking" on it now ...)
This is a big one - 4 minutes 37 seconds, 39Mb (about 20 minutes to load on a good day)

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