Series VPRS 12859
Subject Files, Overhead Design Group
About this Series Related Series Accessing the records in this Series
Date Range: Series ? 1927 - ? 1999
  Series in Custody 1927 - 1999
  Contents 1927 - ? 1999
Public Access: Part Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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1927 - 1983 Victorian Railways (also Victorian Railways Commissioners 1883-1973, Victorian Railways Board 1973-1983) VA 2876
1983 - 1989 Metropolitan Transit Authority VA 1044
1989 - 1999 Public Transport Corporation VA 2984
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2014 - cont Public Transport Victoria VA 4968
2015 - cont Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources VA 5034
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
    Refer to the Consignment Details to retrieve the unit containing the file of interest.

  • Function / Content
    This series consists of subject files relating to the design, maintenance and installation of overhead electrical wiring for permanent way train services, and the transmission of electric energy. This series was created by the Permanent Way Overhead Design Division of Victorian Railways (Electrical Engineering Branch). The Division was also known as the Overhead Superintendent's Office, Overhead and Electrolysis Design Division and Overhead Technical Division.

    From 1983 to 1989, following the abolition of Victorian Railways (VA 2876), the Overhead Design Division of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) inherited and continued to use this series. With the formation of the Public Transport Corporation (VA 2984) in 1989, the overhead design function was inherited by the Design Services Group of the Infrastructure Division. It is probable that this series constituted the personal filing system of the general manager of these various divisions.

    For the purposes of annual financial reporting the Electrical Engineering Branch was also known as Division 'G'. This identification system continued until 1964 when letter prefixes used for identifying branches ceased.

    The series includes:
    - Overhead policy statements and policy files,
    - Melbourne Underground Rail Loop (MURL) reports and tests,
    - Electrification Structure Plans. Plans recorded also the location of the structure, its construction type (including mast and arms type) and dimensions,
    - Project files, estimates, specifications, photographs of works, and schedules including plans and circuit drawings for overhead lines,
    - Photographs, technical notes, reports and articles accumulated from overseas research trips,
    - Correspondence and
    - Technical reports and manuals.

  • Recordkeeping System
    Files were arranged by subject. Folios within files were arranged in chronological order.
    For reasons currently unknown, two separate filing sequences were used in conjunction with this series. These sequences form VPRS 12858 General Correspondence Files, Overhead Design Double Number System and VPRS 12857 General Correspondence Files, Overhead Design, Single Number System. VPRS 12856 Index to General Correspondence Files, Overhead Design, Double and Single Number System indexed both of these series.



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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1955 - 1993 Closed 36
P0002 1927 - 1954 Open 1
P0003 1950 - 1973 Open 13
P0004 1951 - 1998 Closed 4
P0005 ? 1972 - ? 1999 Closed 8
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