Tuesday, September 25, 2018

A disaster in the hills

How sad to hear yesterday morning the news that the quaint Ranges Hotel in Gembrook has pretty well been gutted by fire. We lunched there last year and not even two weeks ago on Wednesday, Tradie Brother took Mother there for lunch.

The fire will also affect the Puffing Billy Tourist Railway as people used to catch the train up to Gembrook, have lunch at the hotel and catch the next train back. There was a notice in the hotel for diners  to mention to staff that they were catching Puffing Billy after lunch to ensure they would fed well in time and not miss the train.

Photos from The Age and you can read my post back when we visited the hotel last year.



28 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry to hear that. And what a great idea to put a notice up about diners letting their waiters know they are catching the train. A simple thing, but effective.

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    1. Sandra, I remember the service there was very good too.

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  2. What a shame! Hate to see these landmarks disappear.

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    1. It is Jackie. I haven't heard any suggestion that the fire may have been lit for insurance money, but it has happened before elsewhere.

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  3. I am so sorry. Another landmark gone.

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    1. EC, yes, a real shame. It was very popular too.

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  4. Oh dear! This is such a shame. We have The Hobo Railroad here that takes Leaf Peepers up to Plymouth where they can eat at The Common Man Inn. Such a fun trip to take with the destination being a lovely meal. Then getting back onboard for the trip back down to my town.
    So very sad. Looks like a great place. I wonder if they will rebuild!

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    1. Such strange names Maribeth. Leaf Peepers, haha. Yes, while it wasn't grand it was a very comfortable and pleasant place to dine.

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  5. How sad. We went there on the Puffing Billy. I hope they can rebuild.

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    1. Diane, sadly even though it may be rebuilt, it will have lost so much character.

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  6. I remember when Marylands Guest House burned to the ground in the Marysville fires. All those wonderful holiday memories ended in ash :(

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    1. Hels, I remember it well, where my grandparents stayed a few times. In the 90s with a couple of friends, we had afternoon tea there. Very impressive.

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  7. Very sad.... they really don't make buildings like this anymore :(

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    1. Lady J, no they don't, but they could.

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  8. It's sad to see the old pubs...pubs with so much history attached...disappear from our landscape.

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    1. Lee, it happens too often, especially in the country. Demolition by neglect or fire.

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  9. oh no! this is terrible :(

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    1. Fen, no doubt an area you are very familiar with.

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  10. That's so sad. I hope they had insurance and can (will) rebuild. Do they know the cause of the fire?

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    1. River, no, no word on the cause of the fire as yet. I don't know that we will ever be told.

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  11. Very sad for the building, the owners and the staff.

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    1. Sami, yes, quite a number of people will be out of work.

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  12. That's such a sad thing to happen! Thankfully, no one was hurt! Hugs...RO

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    1. RO, yes there is that at least.

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  13. Oh that's dreadful Andrew, not deliberately started I hope!

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    1. Grace, I guess we will find out in time.

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  14. I hate when fires destroy iconic places where people have formed memories.

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    1. Strayer, without doubt it was a special place for so many people.

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