Michael Menzies, President of the Geelong & South Western Rail Heritage Society as asked for help – any photos or information:
The “Tiger” Passenger Mail Motor operated passenger services on the Horsham – Goroke railway between 1937 and 1941. It was a Dodge chassis with a steel service car type body (three doors down each side) mounted on rail wheels. It seated 10 passengers and could carry luggage and mail on a roof rack and in the boot. They also sometimes towed a small luggage trailer.
I have technical details and basic years that they operated, but would be interested in any recorded memories from people using the car on the Goroke (or Avoca) lines or local photographs of them operating.
The VR had six built and they operated passenger and mail services on the railways between Ararat – Avoca – Maryborough (approx 1936 – 1942), Horsham – Goroke (1937 – 41), Shepparton – Katamatite (approx 1936 – 1942), Murchison East – Rushworth – Colbinabbin – Girgarre (approx 1937 – 42) and last but not least, Birregurra – Forrest (1937-52). One may also have operated for a short time, probably during the later part of WW2, between Dimboola and Serviceton?
My interest in them was started due to one operating from our restored station at Birregurra to Forrest. They were called the “‘Tiger” due to being painted yellow with black diagonal lines, so that they would be visible at level crossings.
I am putting together some notes regarding the “Tigers”. I have some photographs of them on the Forrest, Katamatite and Rushworth lines, but so far none between Horsham and Goroke or between Ararat and Maryborough, hence my request.
Geelong & South Western Rail Heritage Society Inc.
P O Box 1953, Geelong 3220