Series VPRS 18046
Plan and Section Books, Victorian Railway Lines
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Date Range: Series 1863 - 1969
  Series in Custody 1863 - 1969
  Contents 1855 - 1977
Public Access: Open
Location: North Melbourne
Format of Records: Physical
 
Agency which created this SeriesAgency which created this Series
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1863 - 1892 Victorian Railways (also Victorian Railways Commissioners 1883-1973, Victorian Railways Board 1973-1983) VA 2876
1892 - 1965 Railway Construction Branch, Board of Land and Works VA 690
1965 - 1969 Railway Construction Board VA 691
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1997 - cont Victorian Rail Track (VicTrack) VA 4616
Description of this SeriesDescription of this Series
  • How to use the Records
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  • Function / Content
    This series contains bound plans documenting the country and metropolitan railway lines in Victoria at the time they were built, including the rail corridors and the surrounding land.

    Whilst multiple copies of these plan books were produced, his particular series is distinct from the others as it was incorporated into the Victorian Railways Plan Room system. Consequently each of the plan books was given a record number, and indexed numerically and also alphabetically by geographic location.

    Each plan book is of a sequential section along a particular rail line and includes information regarding the construction and condition of the lines, and the services they run, for the rail corridor and other associated Victorian Railway land. Also, included are elevation plans for the respective sections. These show survey details of the rise and fall of the rail line over the specified distance. Many of the plans also include a contract number.

    Not all of the proposed lines were actually built. Some of the plans have annotations and amendments (such as new crossings, etc.) which have been added at later dates up to the late 1970s.

  • Recordkeeping System
    This series of Plan and Section books were indexed as part of the Victorian Railways Plan Room system. All records in the Plan Room were allocated a Record Number, including each of the Plan and Section books. Record Numbers were consecutive numbers. Often these were allocated in blocks to groups of records when they were incorporated into the system. Therefore most of the Plan and Section books have record numbers from 8356 to 8578, but with some records added later having higher numbers. The record number is usually marked on the spine of the books.

    All of the records that were allocated a record number were listed on cards in a Master Index which was arranged numerically. In addition there was a subsidiary card index consisting only of the Plan and Section records arranged alphabetically by location.

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1855 - 1969 Card Index to VPRS 18046, Plans and Section Books, Victorian Railway Lines VPRS 18047
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Consignment Number Contents Date Range Public Access No. of Units
P0001 1855 - 1977 Open 211
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1855 - 1969 Card Index to VPRS 18046, Plans and Section Books, Victorian Railway Lines VPRS 18047
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