While i standing correcting - the trolley you posted was the type used for moving 44 gal drums.
The drum only had to be tilted slightly to allow those short fork thingos to slip under the edge. Then - reach thru the handles - pull back on the edge of the drum while pulling pull back on the handles and the drum would fall into those curved handle spacers.
And BK - yeh I've used a few of those 'wool hooks' too. Still got the blisters between the middle fingers as evidence.
I suspect that this style of trolley tug/tractor was fairly recent in 1982. My memory is that the type was gas burning (lpg or lng). Even on the full-size scan, I can't read the sign on the bonnet. It seems to be a maker's plate, but all I can read is 'C___'. I suspect this one came from an outside supplier, not in-house construction.
The trolley was part of the new-look passenger services, where all long-distance trains had onboard buffets; cleaning and resupplying were done at the platforms at Melbourne Spencer St during tight turnarounds, increasing the productivity. Most sets could make three long-distance journeys in one day (traditionally, only two).
The trolley could be a modern body on an old chassis.
The old style of trolley, carrying stacked assorted parcels & luggage, was redundant. VR was copying British Rail's wire bin trolleys, loaded over a ramp, then conveyed in the van to the destination to be offloaded (the railway equivalent of airline underfloor cargo containers).
Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor
Most likely a Clarktor made by Clark Equipment. We had them in the RAAF for towing equipment around the tarmac.
This is one on another link.
MOVED FROM CAIRNS TO VICTORIA & STILL TRYING TO WORK OUT WHY
That was a very interesting link.
Here is another railway one.
This has been a useful scan: the whole frame for a railway-travel group, trolleys for HCVC, and the refreshment room for a railway refreshment room group.