About the website
Welcome. This website has two main parts:
- Assembled from the research conducted 1973 through
1990. Much material not colated. Used initially for support information
for vehicles photographed. As it was quicker to collect info on all
rolling stock than 'hunt and peck' the data covers rolling stock from
1886 onwards. New construction is complete from 1886 to the 1980's.
Scrap and disposal data is complete to 1927, spotty to the 1980s.
Conversion data is complete 1886 to the 1980s. Given the workload of
the task and the uncolated material backlog, the pupurpose of the CD
and the website was to provide a fairly complete history up to the
1990s. From the 1980s to today, I have left the work for others.
- Note: The histories at the site are
"provisional" and subject to change as more data as collected. A
healthy scepticism ensures that all information is tested and if unable
to be corroborated, is presented "as is" until further enlightenment.
At no time would I ever say 'I know it all'.
- My main interest is photography. Along the way I
embarked on many interstate and overseas trips and photographs of them.
As well I generally record the work environment. The main focus is on
VR rolling stock but I don't like being fenced in so have made the site
non specific allowing me to add all the other photos I'd like. As I've
rolled along I have collected photos and images and have included them
in this project. For several years the images were being collected at a
rate of about a thousand a month. This effort has resulted in more
photos from others that I have been able to scan and present from my
own work. Total image collection is about 250,000 at 2013
Finding photos is a pain and I detest the repeated searches
for stuff. I embarked on an open ended indexing project with a
specially written program (FTS) which would allow me to bulk
index/store/move files of any type. This was successful but the amount
of files being dealt with simply chokes file managers and thumbnail
programs. The FTS restriction are DOS filenames. The ability to
organise and show images is now being handled by a program called
There's not enough time to index and present/scan photos.
Photos first. A new section called "RS Wagon Details" is being used to
assemble all rolling stock images showing ends, sides, lettering.
Interstate or obsure stuff I will leave for others to troll through the
black and photos.
Peter J. Vincent -- September