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Department of Railways 2
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Date Range: 1877 - 1884
 
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Formation of Department of Railways II

On 1 September 1877, the Governor-in-Council removed the administration of matters relating to roads and bridges from the Department of Railways and Roads (VA 2875). Responsibility for railway matters was subsequently assumed by a second Department of Railways.

Over the next few years significant internal administrative changes took place as responsible positions were created, abolished and revived in relatively short time periods.

The Department initially reported to the Commissioner of Railways and Roads until 5 March 1880, and thereafter to the Commissioner of Railways. By 1878 the government had purchased the Melbourne and Hobson's Bay United Railway Company - the last of the major railway companies - although it appears that minor railway lines could still be constructed ly.

Administrative Structure and Functions

To carry out its main functions of the survey, construction and maintenance of railway lines and the management of the State's railway service, the Department of Railways on 12 July 1882 consisted of the following branches:

Administration Branch, responsible for the general supervision and administration of the whole of the railway service.

Engineer-in-Chief's Branch, responsible for the supervision of the survey and construction of all lines.

Engineer for Existing Lines Branch, responsible for the supervision and maintenance of all constructed railways.

Traffic Branch, responsible for the management of railway traffic including passengers, goods and live-stock.

Locomotive Branch, concerned with general railway practice and requirements.

Telegraph Branch, responsible for the supervision of telegraph and signalling matters, clocks and watches.

Role of Board of Land and Works (VA 744) and Victorian Railways Commissioners (VA 2876)

At all times the business of the Department was subject to the authority of the Board of Land and Works (VA 744). In 1884 the management of the State's railways was assumed by a statutory body known as the Victorian Railways Commissioners.

The Board of Land and Works thereafter effectively ceased to exercise responsibility for railways matters and it appears that the Minister responsible for Railways ceased to be, ex officio, a Vice-President of the Board.

Although the functions of the Railway Department were not affected by this transfer of statutory responsibility the Department which existed under the direction of the Victorian Railway Commissioners has been registered as a separate agency: VA 2876 Victorian Railways.

Location of Records

See List of Holdings 2nd edition, 1985, section 3.21.0.

 
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? 1854 - ? 1920 Correspondence and Administration Records (Engineer in Chief and Existing Lines Branches) VPRS 418 North Melbourne Open
? 1858 - ? 1977 Outward Letter Books VPRS 431 North Melbourne Open
? 1867 - ? 1956 Index to Inward Correspondence VPRS 427 North Melbourne Open
? 1877 - ? 1882 Register of Despatched Items VPRS 12090 North Melbourne Open
? 1878 - ? 1892 Index to Correspondence, Existing Lines Branch VPRS 435 North Melbourne Open
? 1878 - ? 1929 Railway Lines, Plans and Sections VPRS 5751 North Melbourne Open
? 1879 - ? 2006 Railway Rolling Stock Drawings and Tracings VPRS 3426 North Melbourne Part Open
? 1882 - ? 1920 Loco Running Service and Conduct Register VPRS 12735 North Melbourne Open
? 1883 - ? 1921 Staff Register, Transportation Branch VPRS 12774 North Melbourne Open
1853 - 1982 General Journal VPRS 12780 North Melbourne Open
1858 - 1953 Staff Record Book, Accounts Branch VPRS 12555 North Melbourne Open
1859 - ? 1942 Register of Inward Correspondence VPRS 429 North Melbourne Open
1859 - 1904 Inwards Correspondence Minute Books, Engineer In Chief VPRS 423 North Melbourne Open
1872 - 1892 Numerical Index to Secretary's Self-Indexing Inward Correspondence Register, Annual Single Number System I VPRS 12602 North Melbourne Open
1872 - 1892 Self-Indexing Register of Secretary's General Correspondence, Annual Single Number System I VPRS 12621 North Melbourne Open
1872 - 1959 Reports On Gauge Standardisation VPRS 3616 North Melbourne Open
1878 - 1946 Staff History Books, Railway Construction Branch VPRS 16472 North Melbourne Open
1880 - cont Free Passes For Rail Travel Files VPRS 16275 North Melbourne Part Open
By 1859 - ? 1980 Inward Registered Correspondence, Annual Single Number System VPRS 425 North Melbourne Open
By 1859 - 1985 Secretary's Inward Registered Correspondence, Annual Single Number System VPRS 421 North Melbourne Part Open
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1877 - 1884 Railway survey, construction and management VF 467
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1877 - 1884 Board of Land and Works VA 744
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1877 - 1884 Railways VRG 32
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