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Hi Peter,
Two fantastic pictures.  I am currently making a 1:43 scale model the Malcolm Moore.
Do you recall the colour it was painted whilst at Powelltown?



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Gosh Rod ,you are asking a bit much,that was 45 years ago,I don't remember what I had for lunch some days.:bg: The best bet is the colour of the fuel tank,a light brown colour,faded yellow, :us:as I remember it wasn't rusty.................Peter

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Ha ha.  I know what you mean.  Today it looks like a faded orange but your pictures aeem to show it as yellow.
I'll just use what I have and rust it up a bit.



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The McCormick Deering rail tractor on the Thomsom Valley tramway derailed sitting in the scrub.Photo from  The Gillespie Collection

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Interesting to see the step at the rear of the tractor.  1st time I have seen that.



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I believe the two six wheeled rail tractors were owned and operated by the Forest Commission of Victoria(FCV)who also operated the Tyres Valley tramline with the Climax.They may have used the step idea from the Climax on the rail tractors for safety reasons.The photograph of the rail tractor at Erica shows the bolts for the step,but the other end of the tractor had the end plate broken right off,that was the way I found it.:bang:Interesting because it is about 1" thick casting.I have other photos of the rail tractor operating and they clearly show the steps at both ends............Peter. 

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This photo shows the rail tractor at Erica when it first went on display in 1972 after being recovered from the bush by the Forest Commission of Victoria and cleaned up and painted.

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Note from Mike McCarthy, historian.
Hi Rod,
Ezard used the Thomson Valley line not Tyers Valley. Also different gauge. Ezard 3’, Tyers Valley 2’6”. Also Ezard didn’t use Day’s, he built his own tractors (and everything else!)  There were 2 Days tractors on the Thomson Valley line but they were owned by the FCV. One is preserved in Erica
Cheers,  [size=Mike]

A potted history here.
http://www.nmra.org.au/tyersvalley/Tyers-Tram.html



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:wave:Si,if the farmers go by that poster today they will be broke,most tractors in Australia are green or blue today.Australia made Massey Ferguson tractors,they came in red :2t:or grey:shocked:...............Peter.



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