The VSLC are building Australia's 1st new-build locomotive - A Victorian Railways' V class 2-8-0
The Victorian Steam Locomotive Company Pty/Ltd was set up with the aim of building and operating an extinct class of locomotive of the Victorian Railways system - the Vauclain Compound V Class, 2-8-0. Where as most surviving types of locomotives are preserving the 1950s, the V499 Project will be recreating the 1900s.
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The limited edition prints of V499 have been selling well, which is helping to raise more money to build V499. You can order your copy on our Online Store, via our website. The prints look amazing framed and mounted and would look great on any wall in the house, club or railway room. Prints are $30Au plus postage. http://www.vicsteam.com/online-store
We would like to express our sincere sympathy to the members of ElecRail for the loss of the swing door set of heritage electric units, or the 'Doggies' as they are known to most. For those who are unaware, an electrical fire started in the very early hours of Wednesday 4th March at the Newport Railway Workshops, the location of many main line heritage groups. The loss of these irreplaceable carriages is devastating and they will be missed by many. Our thoughts are with the members and volunteers who, over the many decades, have put in so many hours of dedication and passion into restoring these priceless items.
Over 35 prints have now been sold. What a great start to the sales in the first week. If you would like a Limited Edition print of V499 by UK artist Jonathan Clay, please visit the Online Store on our website.
The limited edition prints of the painting of V499, by UK artist Jonathan Clay, are printed and ready to go. We will put a link on our website soon to purchase them. The prints are a little larger than A3 size and are individually numbered, as well as signed by the artist. These limited edition images are on sale for $30ea plus postage. We will put the link to the page up soon, however please let us know if you are keen to purchase one. These are strictly limited to 250 prints only.
We have just had confirmation that a 2 page article about the tender acquisition will be in the February edition of Newsrail magazine, out later this week. Make sure you get your copy when it comes out.
Unless we are told otherwise, we have a 2 page article coming up in the February edition of Newsrail magazine, which will come out shortly. The article is a detailed story about the acquisition of the Y Class tender that we took delivery of in early December 2014. Look out for the magazine when it comes out. We will also post a few images of it when it's released.
We are very pleased to announce our first international member of the Ground-Up Club. Many thanks go to Mr. Richard. C. in California, USA, who has chosen to support the V499 Project in this way. If you would like to join the Ground-Up Club and help build V499's locomotive frames, please visit the membership tab on our website and select Ground-Up Club.
Happy New Year to all! We wish you all the very best for 2015. This will be a very busy and big year for us as we work away on the tender for V499. Work will commence during January and continue steadily throughout the year. We have a few goals we would like to achieve within the next twelve months. These are: * Restoration of the tender frame * 75% progression on the modification of the tender tank * Construction of the locomotive cab Along with this we would also like to achieve the following: * 10 more Ground-Up Club members * More full yearly members * Continued weekly $5 donations from more people As we progress through the year we ask for your further support, both via encouragement as well as financial. We have a great project on the go here and with your assistance we will build V499.
As 2014 draws ever near its end, we would like to express our gratitude to the people who have joined the Ground-Up Club this year. Your contribution is greatly appreciated. We also would like to thank the 16 full members that have joined during the year. The contributions you have all made are of great benefit to the V499 Project. In 2015 we are keen to keep building our membership base, both in full members and Ground-Up Club. We have big goals to achieve within the next 18 months and we look forward to having you within our group.
We would like to send out a massive thank you to Maurie from BarLaw Australia P/L who transported the old Y Class tender to the VGR on Friday 5th December. He has generously chosen to support us by giving his transportation service for free, which we are extremely grateful for. If anyone in Central Victoria is in need of a transportation service, please support a great business that is supporting us and contact BarLaw Australia P/L: P: (03) 5475 1607
Attention to all our Ground-Up Club members. The 30inch B&W prints of V499 are being produced early next week and should be delivered to you all soon. We shall send you an email once they have been posted.
We are off to Maldon today to film an interview with the President of the Victorian Goldfields Railway, Michael Vines, about the railways further support for the V499 Project and what they are providing to us. Michael will also be talking about why he chose to become a member of the Ground-Up Club too. We will have the video uploaded to our YouTube channel very soon.
Newsrail Magazine will be featuring a 3-part article on the V class locomotives in coming months. The articles have been written by the VSLC and the first two have been submitted to the editors. We can not be sure when the articles will go to print, however it has been suggested that it will be towards the end of the year. We will keep you updated on the progress. We would like to express our gratitude to the ARHS (Vic. Div.) for asking us to supply these articles, and for their support of the V499 Project.
Many thanks to Mr. P.Briggs who has chosen to support the V499 Project with a weekly $5 donation. We have added his to our roll of honour list and his contribution will help to make V499 a reality even sooner. If you would like to donate $1 or $5 a week, please visit our website and click on the PayPal buttons. http://www.vicsteam.com/roll-of-honour
Edition #18 of The Compound Chronicle has just been sent out to all of our email subscribers. To get your copy, simply fill in your details on our website.
3,000 likes! Thank you for following the V499 Project everyone.
Less than 10 likes to hit 3,000 followers. Thank you for your support everyone.
-Breaking News- On Saturday 19th July the board of the Victorian Goldfields Railway passed a motion to support the V499 Project in a bigger way. The railway has granted us work space at Maldon to commence restoration of the tender frame and also build the tender tank unit - thus making the VGR our 'Host Railway'. An agreement is being drawn up between the VGR and the VSLC to this matter and we are looking forward to commencing work at the railway in the coming months. We would like to extend our sincere gratitude to the board of the VGR and we look forward to a strong relationship with them over the many years to come. More news about this will be featured in the next edition of The Compound Chronicle.
After negotiations, meetings and planning we have exciting news that we will announce in a matter of days. Keep watching this space :)