Castlemaine project progress

The new depot at Castlemaine continues to take shape.

The shed contractor has all but finished the loco shed erection works. The main builder will now complete the other minor works to get formal occupancy – storm water connection and installation of emergency lighting.


While the loco shed may now be finished from a contractual build perspective it will now be up to the VGR to undertake the internal fit out . This will happen over the coming months.


The other activity has been to clean up the various stored items on site – recent work included cleaning up around the shunters cabin with the loading of all the Ballarat water tower structure into GY’s for safe storage.

Opportunity was also take to dismantle and store the Castlemaine weighbridge components in another GY until a suitable display site is available to display it.

At the same time the small water tank from Woodend was relocated nearer the outside inspection pit where we are hoping to erect it for use.


The cleanup coincided with the transfer of rolling stock from Maldon for storage in the existing carriage shed during the COVID-19 shutdown of services.  There was quite a shunt required to gain access to the GY’s stored behind the carriage shed.

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The portable site hut has not been left out either. It has been tidied up by Andrew Key and Andrew Reynolds with external cladding repaired and work started on preparing the inside for use by our volunteers. If you have some free time and would like to assist with basic handyman work to make this habitable, please get in touch via site project manager Graeme Alford at





Castlemaine project – loco shed update

Loco Shed construction at Castlemaine has continued relatively unaffected by the COVID-19 restrictions.

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The Loco Shed is currently being erected by the contractor with all the frame up, roof on and cladding being progressively installed.


The 4m wide side annexes finish up against the retaining wall installed earlier by the gang


The size of the new shed can be seen, when compared to the original sheds servicing pits seen at the rear of the photo.


The western annex will eventually provide extensive room for consumables storage, a compressor room, and storage of some tools and equipment required for running maintenance.

We expect handover from the contractor in mid April, ready for us to continue with essential fit out prior to gaining formal certificate of occupancy.