Celebrating 125 years of railway in Wycheproof
Steam Rail Victoria steams into Wycheproof on Saturday morning to begin a very successful weekend.
The steam loco began her journey the previous evening , leaving Southern Cross Station with 70 people on board with destination Wycheproof.
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R761 steams past our K167 on display, recently restored by the Lions Club.
The train whistle echoing around the silos at the Wycheproof Station heralded not only the arrival of the first steam train to Broadway Wycheproof for many years, but also the start of a fabulous festival weekend in town (A double header R761 and R707 pulled the last steam train up Broadway in 2003).
After many months of preparation, by a small group of volunteers, the Steaming up Broadway Festival weekend of steam trains, cycling and music got off to a fantastic start as a crowd from Wycheproof and farther afield greeted the train in Broadway.
They also greeted cyclists taking part in the Wycheproof Wanderers Huff 'n' Puff train challenge. The winner, after calculating average speed, was the steam train coming in at 50min:28 sec just ahead of first place Troy Hutchins (Spring Gully) marking a time of 59min: 38sec, second placed Tony Morrison(Wycheproof) 59mim:39sec and third placed Adele Garwood (Bendigo) whose time was 1hr: 08.02.
The steam train shuttle rides from Wycheproof to Glenloth were very popular with around 400 people riding in the vintage carriages restored by Steam Rail Victoria.
Saturday afternoon events around Wycheproof were popular including the working dog display, the boomerang championship, the Mens Shed and machinery display, the quilt exhibition and the lunch and reunion of railway workers in Centenary Park.
In the Wycheproof Shire Hall delegates from Hobsons Bay City Council and the Williamstown Maritime Association and Buloke Shire met for the official handover to the shire of the very impressive Paddock 2 Port photographic exhibition.
Steaming up Broadway working party chairperson Kylie Brown welcomed guest and visitors to the festival and the exhibition.
President of Williamstown Maritime Association, Patsy Toop, explained the background to the project which depicts photogpaphs of farming life in the Buloke Shire and maritime pursuits at the Williamstown docks from the early 1900's. Patsy Troop handed a large framed photograph to Buloke's Cr Robyn Ferrier who expressed her appreciation and explained the significance of the friendship alliance between Buloke Shire and Hobsons Bay City Council.
The paddock 2 Port exhibition is on show in the Wycheproof Shire Hall and is complimented by the Public Records Victoria Transported Back exhibition; a showcase of photographs of Melbourne's iconic railway buildings and stations and some rural railway photographs such as the Bendigo rail yards and staff.
Around 400 people danced in the dust under the stars during Music on the Mount, where they heard some great acts including Scott Leslie and Steve Russell and Anthony Patton, and bands including Firekites, Laura Jean and Mojo Corner.
At sunset Eddie Marks on didgeridoo heralded the moon and stars which make Wycheproof nights spectacular. The headline act Mick Thomas and the Sure Thing, who have been on the road touring were a favourite with the crowd. Falling From Grace and the Sophisticants topped of a great night among the ancient rocks of Mt Wycheproof.
Sunday events saw Tony Morrison crowned King of the Mount after completing a gruelling duathlon dash, Tony Morrison led the field of 10 competitors with a time of 51 min:42sec, second placed was Courtney Chugg of Bendigo witha time of 59min:49sec and third placed Peter Jackson of Geelong 1hr:01
The Wycheproof living market and expo on Sunday created a lot of interest among visitors with many popular stalls under the Broadway verendas. The train and travellers were farewelled from Broadway Wycheproof at around 1pm on Sunday.
R761 at Charlton on the way to Steaming up Broadway