All AxeRail Site Updates


These updates have been provided so that you won't have to accidentally "discover", perhaps never, what is new. All updates are now included in this one page - easier for you to find and easier for me to keep up to date. Use your browser's Back button to return after viewing.

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Feb 14, 2022 - Added Alfred Ernest Melbourne Cooper, Christopher Benussi and Arthur Edward Brown to list of Stationmasters, Heathcote. See [Page Link].

Dec 13, 2021 - Corrected the facing direction for the Tom and Athol Brown photograph taken at Leslie Siding from facing the Heathcote Junction direction to facing the Heathcote direction. See [Page Link].

Sep 01, 2021 - Added some detail of the triple fatality that occurred on New Year's Day, 1900, at the McIvor Road Crossing, Junortoun to History, Decade 1900-1909. This was an omission that was included in an earlier, discarded, version of this site. [Page Link].

Jul 01, 2021 - Added a link to the for the Powered By Electrons YouTube channel to the AxeRail opening page menu. The channel contains O'Keefe Rail Trail and other relevant videos.

Jun 19, 2021 - Added photograph supplied by Lance Adams showing the location of where Rangelea Siding left the main line towards Rangelea to the end of the Rangelea Gallery page. Also edited incorrect text to image immediately left [Page Link].

Apr 14, 2021 - Minor typo corrections and added details of a long and detailed newspaper article referring to railway requirements to the Ovens district October, 1863 in Axedale As Reported, 1860-1869 [Page Link].

Apr 09, 2021 - Added details of copper finds to November, 1862 in Axedale As Reported, 1860-1869 [Page Link].

Apr 08, 2021 - Added more detail to information regarding local unrest about Poundkeeping activities conducted by Messrs. Harney and O'Loughlin to October, 1860 in Axedale As Reported, 1850-1859 [Page Link]. Added details of the area of land administered by the Campaspe Roads Board to November, 1860 in Axedale As Reported, 1850-1859 [Page Link]. Added increase in Axedale Farmers' Common to June, 1862 in Axedale As Reported, 1860-1869 [Page Link]. Added a kangaroo hunt coinciding with the opening of a new Axedale Hotel to September, 1862 in Axedale As Reported, 1860-1869 [Page Link].

Apr 06, 2021 - Added details of inquest into death of Thomas Wallace resulting from thigh injuries received in a Heathcote blasting accident to July, 1858 in Axedale As Reported, 1850-1859 [Page Link].

Apr 05, 2021 - Significant edit and addition to court cases relating to Haycock, Ross, and Costelloe September through December, 1857 in Axedale As Reported, 1850-1859 [Page Link].

Apr 03, 2021 - Added missing Axedale Trap details to Axedale As Reported, 1850-1859, October, 1858 [Page Link]. Also corrected many typos in same.

Apr 02, 2021 - Added missing railway report to Axedale As Reported, 1880-1889, November, 1881 [Page Link]. Also corrected many typos in 1840-1849, 1850-1859, 1860-1869 and 1910-1919 decades in Axedale As Reported.

Apr 01, 2021 - Italicised all square-bracketed quotes, corrected many typos and added locations of three Gatekeepers houses built by Andrew O'Keefe and used as Engineer's Headquarters during line construction in [Page Link].

Feb 24, 2021 - Changed Ray A. Mitchell to Roy A. Mitchell, Stationmaster, in Kilmore Station detail page on advice from David Watson [Page Link].

Jan 04, 2021 - Corrected non-working email link at the bottom of the History pages available from the Napthali Ingham page [Page Link].

Jan 02, 2021 - Added September, 1888 successful contract details for the erection of goods sheds and platforms at Axe Creek (Longlea) Station to Rail History 1880-1889 page [Page Link]. Added R.W. Hannon mining licence notice July 1883 to Axedale As Reported 1880-1889 page [Page Link].

Dec 31, 2020 - Modified the Rail Trail Up Axedale Site page [Page Link] and the Rail Trail Down Axedale Site page [Page Link] to provide a more convenient way of including ongoing changes to the Trail infrastructure, and removed previously provided links to the now redundant Significant Works page.

Dec 30, 2020 - Corrected non-displaying link to images in Down High Camp to Pyalong Gallery [Page Link].

Dec 29, 2020 - Activated this Update page and removed links to all other Update pages.

Dec 26, 2020 - Added other Quarry Hotel images to an added Napthali Ingham Gallery page [Page Link].

Dec 24, 2020 - Added 1990 photograph of Ingham's Quarry Hotel to Napthali Ingham main page [Page Link] and the Napthali Ingham Gallery page [Page Link].

Sep 23, 2020 - Updated details for Victor George Thorpe, Stationmaster, in Axedale Station Detail page [Page Link].

Sep 20, 2020 - Added identification of two persons in the caption of image in Knowsley Station Gallery page [Page Link].

May 11, 2020 - Spelling corrections and minor layout changes to the AxeRail Author page [Page Link].

May 06, 2020 - Added photograph of locomotive undergoing refurbishment at Thompson's Foundry, Castlemaine, plus a few minor text alterations to McIvor Timber and Fencing Company Siding page [Page Link].

Apr 30, 2020 - Minor detail editing Rangelea Siding Detail page [Page Link].

Apr 25, 2020 - Added missing location information in Up Axedale Station page [Page Link].

Apr 20, 2020 - Added text re the diverted alignment of Murphy Street and removed mention of Roh's Road as it did not exist at the time in Up North Bendigo to Strathfieldsaye page [Page Link].

Mar 29, 2020 - Minor clarification to introductory text on North Bendigo page [Page Link].

Mar 25, 2020 - Minor correction to display code for Hodge's Lane (RMSP63) page [Page Link].

Mar 05, 2020 - I need to follow this one up as it doesn't seem to have happened: Added restored GY 16625/HY 16625 return to Axedale Station site to 2020-2029 history page.

Feb 27, 2020 - Added Heathcote Town and District Coursing Club entry to 1870-1879, April 1877 to decade page [Page Link]. Added William Smith's conviction for robbery, March 1885[Page Link]., and South Sandhurst election meeting notice, March 1889, to 1880-1889 decade page [Page Link].

Feb 26, 2020 - Added advertisement, April 1860, for the sale of M.F. Costelloe's 120 acre farm on the Campaspe to 1860-1869 decade page [Page Link]. This is part of Portion A of Robert Ross's Axedale Station Pre-emptive Right.

Feb 26, 2020 - Added details of Run Plan 455 Axedale 1852, September. 1852 to 1850-1859 decade page [Page Link].

Feb 25, 2020 - Added June, 1858 commentary on the state of McIvor Road and non-existent Axe Creek bridge [Page Link].

Oct 07, 2019 - Corrected a number of references to a bridge location from McIvor Road to Sugarloaf Road, Axedale [Page Link].

Jun 17, 2018 - Corrected text error associated with the Commemorative Plaque in the Heathcote Junction Detail page [Page Link]. Converted several image filenames and links to lowercase in a few Gallery pages.

Jun 16, 2018 - Added more images to Heathcote Junction Station [Page Link], Kilmore Station [Page Link], and Heathcote Station [Page Link] Gallery pages.

Jun 15, 2018 - Added more images to the Bylands Station [Page Link], Tooborac Station [Page Link], Down Leslie-Bylands [Page Link], Down Bylands-Kilmore [Page Link], Down Kilmore-Willowmavin [Page Link], Down Willowmavin-Moranding [Page Link], Down Moranding-High Camp [Page Link], Down High Camp-Pyalong [Page Link], Up McIvor Road-Tooborac [Page Link], and Up Tooborac-Pyalong [Page Link] Gallery pages.

Jun 12, 2018 - Added more images to the Bylands Station [Page Link], Moranding Station [Page Link], and Pyalong Station [Page Link] Gallery pages.

Jun 07, 2018 - Added images to the Bylands Station [Page Link], Kilmore Station [Page Link], Moranding Station [Page Link], Tooborac Station [Page Link], Pyalong Station [Page Link], Heathcote Junction Station [Page Link], and Heathcote Station [Page Link] Gallery pages.

Jun 01, 2018 - Added images to the Argyle Station [Page Link], Bylands Station [Page Link], Heathcote Station [Page Link], and Heathcote Junction Station [Page Link] Gallery pages.

Mar 05, 2020 - Added restored GY 16625/HY 16625 return to Axedale Station site to 2020-2029 history page. [Page Link].

Sep 01, 2017 - Corrected image file case errors in Bylands Station Gallery page [Page Link].

Jul 25, 2017 - Updated information for Stationmaster Victor George Thorpe in the Axedale Station Detail page [Page Link].

Apr 22, 2017 - Included a link in the Down Ingham site page to the overlooked gallery of images between Ingham Siding and Axedale Racecourse Platform. The images are the same as the those mentioned immediately below. [Page Link].

Apr 21, 2017 - Added a link to the Up Axedale Racecourse site page to the overlooked gallery of images between Axedale Racecourse Platform and Ingham Siding. [Page Link].

Mar 06, 2017 - Clarified the mention of anecdotal evidence of a World War 2 fuel dump in the Axedale Station Detail page [Page Link].

Feb 27, 2017 - Added T. Nancarrow, Porter from Kilmore as Officer-in-Charge of Leslie, August, 1892, to the Leslie Station/Siding Detail page [Page Link]. He replaced Stationmaster F. W. White, killed when he fell from his horse.

Feb 25, 2017 - Added Martha Knight as Station Mistress, to the Longlea Station Detail page Feb 21, 2017 - Added Stationmaster, Francis W. White to the Leslie Station/Siding Detail page [Page Link].

Feb 05, 2017 - Added Mrs. Mackay as Woman-in-Charge, to the Argyle Station Detail page [Page Link].

Feb 02, 2017 - Added William Nugent as Stationmaster, to the Argyle Station Detail page [Page Link].

Dec 10, 2016 - Added reference to an October 1863 newspaper article re a connection to the Echuca line from Goornong to Chiltern, and another from Bendigo through Axedale to Chiltern, to the 1860-1869 Rail History page [Page Link].

Dec 05, 2016 - Minor changes to McIvor Timber Company Siding page, including a link to an extraction from the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Railways report on the proposed State purchase of the Company's railway [Page Link].

Nov 30, 2016 - Minor changes to line detail Up Axedale Racecourse-Ingham page [Page Link] and Down Ingham-Axedale Racecourse page [Page Link].

Nov 25, 2016 - Minor changes to Car Fowler detail page [Page Link].

Nov 15, 2016 - Added a June, 1858 property sale [Page Link] a remnant of the Axedale Run.

Nov 15, 2016 - Continued with the inclusion of Mary Ann Ingham, Alice Louisa Ingham, and Victor A. Deane [Page Link].

Nov 09, 2016 - Clarified details of land purchased by Robert Ross, Dec 1856, [Page Link] acquired by Michael Costelloe within the same month, and the site of the Perseverance Hotel, [Page Link] immediately East of the Axe Creek, North side of McIvor Highway.

Nov 04, 2016 - Added tank photograph to Rail Trail, Longlea Station site. [Page Link].

Oct 09, 2016 - Added K157 image to Heathcote Gallery page [Page Link].

Oct 05, 2016 - Added October 4, 2016 Lake Eppalock flood photographs to the Up Knowsley-Derrinal page [Page Link], Down Derrinal-Knowsley page [Page Link], and Up Old McIvor Road [Page Link] and Down Derrinal-Knowsley [Page Link] pages.

Sep 24, 2016 - Corrected details of connection to the Bendigo-Echuca railway line [Page Link].

Aug 01, 2016 - Added years beyond 1890 to Axedale as Reported, by Decade [Page Link]. Note that these are still being edited and added to and will be for some time. In the meantime, readers will have to accommodate whatever errors appear.

Jul 27, 2016 - Included Section Highlights to Rail Trail, Heathcote Station site [Page Link] and tidied up Pink Cliffs Road information, accessible from the Heathcote to Heathcote Town page [Page Link], changed images on the Rail, Heathcote Station Gallery page [Page Link].

Jul 19, 2016 - Fixed the Rail Trail link to North Bendigo on the Rail Trail Locations Menu page.

Jul 17, 2016 - Added many images to North Bendigo page to include connection to the named, but appearing abandoned, Railway Workshops Trail to Charleston Road [Page Link]. Detail and other images have also been added to this area in the rail section [Page Link]

Jul 17, 2016 - Added many images to the North Bendigo Area [Page Link] along with considerable detail on North Bendigo Detail page [Page Link].

Jul 16, 2016 - Added many images and minor text changes to Rail Trail pages from Knowsley to Heathcote [Page Link].

Jul 11, 2016 - Added minor detail to North Bendigo to Strathfieldsaye [Page Link], and VR Weekly Notice entries to Pyalong Station [Page Link].

Jul 10, 2016 - Added VR Weekly Notice operational detail to Leslie [Page Link], Bylands [Page Link], Kilmore [Page Link], Willowmavin [Page Link], Moranding [Page Link], High Camp [Page Link], Tooborac [Page Link], Argyle [Page Link], Heathcote [Page Link], Derrinal [Page Link], Knowsley [Page Link], and Ingham Siding [Page Link] Detail.

Jul 04, 2016 - Made minor changes in Rail section to detail information for Carr Fowler [Page Link] and VIMA Sidings [Page Link]. Also corrected some access difficulties caused by source code corruption.

May 18, 2016 - Corrected many typos here and there in Rail pages.

May 16, 2016 - Added images between Derrinal and Heathcote Rail page [Page Link].

Apr 26, 2016 - Added minor historical information in the opening paragraphs of Decade 1850-1859 [Page Link], and January 1856 [Page Link] information re George Washington Haycock and election to Council.

Apr 20, 2016 - Corrected date of removal of Carriage Dock on Axedale Detail page [Page Link].

Apr 19, 2016 - Corrected broken Gallery link in McIvor Road Detail page [Page Link].

Apr 15, 2016 - Added closure and McIvor Inn text to McIvor Road detail page [Page Link].

Apr 12, 2016 - Added to McIvor Road Station Detail page [Page Link] and Argyle Detail [Page Link]pages.

Apr 11, 2016 - Added link to Old McIvor Road page in Knowsley to Derrinal Rail Trail page [Page Link], and added images to the Ingham to Axedale Rail Trail page [Page Link] .

Apr 09, 2016 - Added images to Heathcote Station Gallery page [Page Link], Tooborac Station Gallery page [Page Link], Longlea Station Gallery page [Page Link], and Heathcote Junction Gallery page [Page Link].

Apr 08, 2016 - Separated Rail and Trail history access.

Apr 03, 2016 - Minor changes to Ingham Siding notes [Page Link], added images to both Up [Page Link]and Down Old Bendigo Road pages [Page Link].

Mar 30, 2016 - Added photographs to Lake Weeroona Rail Trail page [Page Link].

Mar 29, 2016 - Added more images to Heathcote-Derrinal Gallery page [Page Link], Derrinal-Knowsley page [Page Link], and Knowsley-Ingham page [Page Link].

Mar 28, 2016 - Added reference to carriage dock on Knowsley detail page [Page Link], added point chairs image to Knowsley Station Gallery page [Page Link], added images to Down - Heathcote Station site page [Page Link].

Mar 26, 2016 - Many cut and paste typos corrected. There are still many more to do and it will take some time. There will be specific mention here when completed.

Mar 25, 2016 - Added images to Up - Knowsley to Derrinal Gallery [Page Link].

Mar 24, 2016 - Added photographs to Up - Ingham-Knowsley Rail Trail page [Page Link].

Mar 24, 2016 - Added more photographs to Up-Ingham-Knowsley Gallery page [Page Link], fixed up many Detail and Gallery files, added Trench and Co. images to Ingham Gallery [Page Link].

Mar 23, 2016 - Added more notes and general description of Strathfieldsaye Station Ground page [Page Link].


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