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Maldon Gold

Central Victoria was honeycombed with small goldmines during the last half of the nineteenth century. As the trunk lines to Ballaarat and Bendigo were completed, a network of branch lines was constructed, serving the smaller centres. The line from Castlemaine to Maldon opened in 1884 and closed in 1976. It was acquired by the Castlemaine and Maldon Railway Preservation Society, and is now marketed as the Victorian Goldfields Railway. The initial 1 km run on re-opening in 1986 was gradually extended, reaching Muckleford in 1996; the final 8 km into Castlemaine opened in 2004. It is a near-perfect example of a Victorian branch line of the late twentieth century, with steam and diesel locomotives and a selection of typical VR rollingstock.

This material was filmed in November 2000 and October 2006, using 3-CCD Mini-DV cameras. All footage has been digitally edited.
             
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The following thumbnails lead to stills taken directly from the video. Just click on the thumbnail to see the full picture. The stills have been slightly compressed for faster loading, with possible minor loss of definition in some cases.


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