Historical information

The Fred Rochow Railways Collection incorporates photos related to the operation of the Wodonga Railway Station including different types of trains and railways staff C. 1930 – 1990.

It was donated to the Wodonga Historical Society by Fred Rochow, a railwayman who spent many years based in Wodonga. He joined the Victorian Railways on 17th June l947 and retired in 1988. For some time, he was a member of the Australian Federated Union of Locomotive Enginemen and served a term as a member of the Trades Hall Council. He had an extensive knowledge of the struggles that took place to achieve better conditions for railway workers.

Fred worked for many years as a fireman and then worked his way up the ranks to driver, experiencing many changes from the days of steam locomotives through to diesel trains, locomotives and even the modern XPT train. He worked throughout Victoria at different stages of his career, with his final working years focused on the northeast of Victoria and the Albury to Melbourne line. After his retirement, Fred continued to share his love of steam miniature trains with the community.


This collection has local and statewide significance as it captures images of trains, locomotives and personnel who operated the railway services in Wodonga and throughout Northeast Victoria. The railways played a critical role in opening up Victoria and connecting Australia for trade, business, social communication and transport.

Physical description

Gathering of Railway men at a retirement function for Driver Robert Thompson in 1955.

Back row Left to right: Len Gregson, David Shannon, Les Cheesley, Tom Cosgrove, Roy Wagner, George Lloyd, Alan Elvish, Mick
Seymour, John, Shannon, Unknown, Unknown, Gordon Scholes, Stan Warnock
Centre row Left to right: Bill Welch, Unknown, George Taylor, Ted Jenkins, Buddy Straghan, Allan Smyth, Terry Farellly, Bob Burns, Morrie Larkins, Frank Boadle, Reg Matthews, Unknown, Vin Snow, George Kruss, Tom Fitzgerald, Bob Sangster
Seated: Jack Anderson, Paddy McDonald, George Padgett, Alex Reid, Bobby Thompson, Vic Jones, Jack Dawe, Colin Whitehand, Harry Binder, Bill Odgers, Hughie Fraser
Front row seated: Mick Kowalzuk, Wally Riley, Ton Guinane, Bill Baldock, Brian Putt, Norm Hughes, Garnett Reid, Johnny Hallawell, Frank Conway, Steve Cuper