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DERM 58 around Melbourne

The Diesel Electric Rail Motor Preservation Association of Victoria Inc has just recently gotten their DERM 58 back on the rails. This rail-car was built in January 1930 at Newport Workshops, Victoria under license from Electro Motive Company. The association is now running tours with this vehicle across the Victorian broad gauge and this past Saturday, the 9th of April, saw the unit head from Newport to Pakenham, Pakenham to Bacchus Marsh and then back to Newport via Southern Cross station.

I happened to be in the vicinity at SCS and FSS for a few shots.

DERM 58 at Flinders St DERM 58 at SCS DERM 58 at SCS

Knowing it was heading out to Bacchus Marsh, I headed out to Rockbank to get a shot of it against some great countryside.

DERM 58 approaching Rockbank DERM 58 approaching Rockbank DERM 58 approaching Rockbank

They turned it at Bacchus Marsh and then I caught it again on the way back through Rockbank.

DERM 58 at Bacchus Marsh turntable DERM 58 passing Rockbank DERM 58 passing Rockbank

The engine sounded quite nice and they had some good speed up when heading in to Rockbank. I can only congratulate their efforts and will enjoy seeing it out on the rails more... their next trip is on May the 7th to Seymour. Check their site for more details.

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