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Goldfields railway restoration in Victoria
« on: February 18, 2022, 01:32:18 pm »
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-18/victorian-goldfields-railway-new-first-class-carriage-acheron/100840012
Castlemaine-Maldon rail car restoration casts minds back to days of opulence and class

No idea whether the type of engine matches the carriages but I imagine the restorers are trying to get something similar..

"The organisation has taken some of the most historic and abandoned carriages and turned them into something unique.
The Pullman car, which was built in the 1920s in America and originally ran on The Overland to Adelaide, was used as a sleeping car and then converted into a club car.
The newly launched Acheron had a similar life as a sleeper on The Overland.
"It features magnificent timber work, plush upholstery, pressed metal ceilings, leadlight, clerestory roof. It's just stunning," Mr Strangward said.
... "The original carriage was refurbished at some stage, but probably not since the 1960s," Mrs Caddy said.
"It was a big job to maintain the character and retain the shape, and the fabric that they chose had patterns in it."

The thing is, the gold rush was in the 1850s not the 1920s, so linking the train to the 1800s, might be a bit misleading.

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Re: Goldfields railway restoration in Victoria
« Reply #1 on: February 18, 2022, 11:38:26 pm »
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2022-02-18/victorian-goldfields-railway-new-first-class-carriage-acheron/100840012
Castlemaine-Maldon rail car restoration casts minds back to days of opulence and class

No idea whether the type of engine matches the carriages but I imagine the restorers are trying to get something similar..

"The organisation has taken some of the most historic and abandoned carriages and turned them into something unique.
The Pullman car, which was built in the 1920s in America and originally ran on The Overland to Adelaide, was used as a sleeping car and then converted into a club car.
The newly launched Acheron had a similar life as a sleeper on The Overland.
"It features magnificent timber work, plush upholstery, pressed metal ceilings, leadlight, clerestory roof. It's just stunning," Mr Strangward said.
... "The original carriage was refurbished at some stage, but probably not since the 1960s," Mrs Caddy said.
"It was a big job to maintain the character and retain the shape, and the fabric that they chose had patterns in it."

The thing is, the gold rush was in the 1850s not the 1920s, so linking the train to the 1800s, might be a bit misleading.

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The 'Victorian' part is because it is in the state of Victoria and the Victorian Goldfields are still in existence and still being mined, so if you read it in that context, it is accurate.

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Re: Goldfields railway restoration in Victoria
« Reply #2 on: February 19, 2022, 01:55:40 am »
It is more than that:
"It is an adventure the volunteer-run group likens to the days of the Orient Express — a long-distance passenger train which travelled intercontinental Europe into western Asia between 1883 and 2009 stopping at London, Athens, and Istanbul.
... "It's another avenue to get to our town. To have people arrive in an 1860s train into our village and stay"."

The thing is though that the article doesn't actually say that it is a 1860s train.

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