Crossing Paths

Crossing Paths
Model Melbourne trams

Saturday, 24 May 2014

Bush Week on Victoria Street

Bush week (1) n,[Aust slang],an agricultural show held in the city. (2)[Aust informal] An imagined or symbolic time when assumedly unsophisticated people from the bush come to the city, likely to be preyed on by tricksters there.

I finally got around to fitting decoders into my homage of the former SECV (State Electricity Commission Victoria) tramways that operated in regional Victoria in Ballarat, Bendigo and Geelong.

These regional tramways literally ran on the smell of an oily rag, their rollingstock were made up of the cast offs from Melbourne and Adelaide and some still to this day, cut a notch at their respective tramway museums.

Bendigo Birney 29 and Ballarat 28 return from the
racecourse on an enthusiasts trip.
These models are still undergoing final adjustment to speed tables, kick rates and strengths before the real fun of fitting lights begins. (so far, so good no magic smoke has escaped yet!)
Ballarat 28 (a reworked Tyco/Mantua)
Holding up services at the racecourse.
Country cousins running amok in the city.
From under the wires in a darker shade of green,



  1. Glen, I tried to send this via the messages thingy but no go.... Anyway while perambulating through eBay I came across these;

    Any use to you?

  2. They look like the same ones I picked up from Brunel Hobbies in Cheltenham (Vic), but my came on a big sheet with both MMTB & SECV monograms and shaded gold numbers. They actually printed them up on the spot for me when I was there a few years ago. Thanks for looking out for me.

  3. They are no longer available from Brunel; I have a stock of them if you want any more -