Kevin, South Australia

 
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Google Maps is fascinating.  I have been exploring the eyre peninsula network and have come across this interesting place called Kevin.

http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=Thevenard&ll=-32.026861,133.081802&spn=0.007741,0.013164&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&hnear=Thevenard+South+Australia&gl=au&t=h&z=17

How can tell us about it?

--Bill

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  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
It's one end of the Kevin-Thevenard gypsum traffic, which is apparently the only year-round traffic to be seen on the Eyre Peninsula network.  The actual line continues to grain silos at Penong, but it's been surrendered to state ownership, which means that it's effectively closed.

I've done a little virtual exploring of the Eyre Peninsula lines, but I've found pjknife's "Peninsula Pioneer" website (http://www.minnipa.au.com/peninsula-pioneer/railfan.html) to be next best thing to an actual visit.



  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
It's one end of the Kevin-Thevenard gypsum traffic, which is apparently the only year-round traffic to be seen on the Eyre Peninsula network.  The actual line continues to grain silos at Penong, but it's been surrendered to state ownership, which means that it's effectively closed.
"Johnmc"


Are the silos still used for grain storage?

--Bill
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Google Maps is fascinating.  I have been exploring the eyre peninsula network and have come across this interesting place called Kevin.

http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=Thevenard&ll=-32.026861,133.081802&spn=0.007741,0.013164&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&hnear=Thevenard+South+Australia&gl=au&t=h&z=17

How can tell us about it?

--Bill
"freightgate"

It is an interesting place. Three trains each day are loaded with gypsum and railed to Thevenard, these days the loading being done by front-end loader. This section of the satellite image:

shows the four loading bins used until the 1970s (perhaps early 1980s) and the conveyor which loaded the bins.  The mainline back to Thevenard runs between the stacks of gypsum heading off at about ESE from the triangle.  There was also salt railed from a siding at Kevin, but that stopped some time ago - the siding was (IIRC) located somewhere around the northern stack alongside the mainline.

When gypsum was first transported by rail, it was carried to Kowulka, on the old line to Penong, by an aerial ropeway.  Later a branch line was laid from Kowulka to Kevin (the line coming in from the north in your image) and then in 1966 a new direct line was laid from Ceduna to Kevin, which Penong trains also used. The line between Wandana and Kowulka was closed at this time.

It's very much a moonscape in appearance...



  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
It's one end of the Kevin-Thevenard gypsum traffic, which is apparently the only year-round traffic to be seen on the Eyre Peninsula network.  The actual line continues to grain silos at Penong, but it's been surrendered to state ownership, which means that it's effectively closed.
"Johnmc"


Are the silos still used for grain storage?

--Bill
"freightgate"


You can see them on Google street view, and they *look* used - (http://g.co/maps/2d2b9) - but you've pretty well reached the limits of what a guy in outback Queensland can tell you about a town on the Eyre Peninsula.  Hopefully a croweater with more subject knowledge than myself - which would be just about all of them  Embarassed - would be able to fill you in.

Edit: Duttonbay to the rescue. Very Happy
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Edit: Duttonbay to the rescue. Very Happy
"Johnmc"

Actually, it's pjknife we need, who lives at Port Lincoln and has a finger on just about every pulse railway-wise (even including the Penong line, which is dead, and therefore has no pulse) Smile
  Guard Class 2 Chief Commissioner

Location: Elizabeth,South Australia
I worked on that line from 1978 until 1986. What would you like to know. All the information given so far is basically correct.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln

The last grain train ran to Penong on 3 March 1997. The Penong silos are still used most years (depending on the size of the harvest), but are cleared by road to the port at Thevenard.

Kevin has had a rather convoluted history. From 1949 to 1966 it was the terminus of a branch from Kowulka, on the Wandana-Penong line. In 1966 a new direct line was opened from Penong Junction (Ceduna) to Kevin. This line entered Kevin yard from the opposite direction to the original branch. The line from there to Kowulka was "reversed" (up became down) and the Wandana-Kowulka section closed. As a result, Penong trains then ran via Kevin. This explains the unusual track layout at Kevin.

A plan of Kevin in 1972 can be found here (sorry, embedding doesn't seem to be working for me at the moment): http://www.minnipa.au.com/misc/kevin-1972.jpg. On this plan, the line to Penong was the original branch, and when first opened, only the triangle was provided. The gypsum loading bins were on what was actually an extension of the 'main line'. Other tracks were added as traffic grew. Salt was generally loaded at the CSR siding.

In 1984-85 a fleet of former iron ore hoppers from the North Australia Railway replaced the previous exotic collection of SAR 4-wheelers in the gypsum traffic. These hoppers are fitted with hungry boards, and continue in use to this day. The overhead bins have been bypassed, and the gypsum trains are loaded by front end loader on any of the tracks in the yard area (gypsum is stockpiled along all tracks). No shunting occurs, as the trains are reversed complete via the triangle. As can be seen on the diagram, this involves several back-and-fill moves, but it is more efficient than uncoupling and shunting.

Cheers

Peter

  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Is there a map of the eyre network?  

Was Penong the last farthest reach west?

Regards
Brian
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Is there a map of the eyre network?  

Was Penong the last farthest reach west?

Regards
Brian
"bevans"


http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf%20files/SACountry/SCXS.pdf

And yes Penong is or was the western limit of the division
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I well recall a map in a British Part publication years back,It may have been the "History of Railways", anyway a section of one edition was done on the Eyre Peninsula lines complete with map however Penong was marked as Pong.  Laughing
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland

In 1984-85 a fleet of former iron ore hoppers from the North Australia Railway replaced the previous exotic collection of SAR 4-wheelers in the gypsum traffic. These hoppers are fitted with hungry boards, and continue in use to this day.
"pjknife"


Aha.  I've heard a bit about the fate of the NAR locos, but I never considered that the Frances Creek rollingstock survived.  Interesting little tidbit of info, thank you.

  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
You would actually get a bit of a surprise as to what made it to Pt Lincoln in the AN days even full sized SG/BG 8300 brakevans and some AHGX hoppers as well also a lot of rollingstock from the old NG C.A.R as well.
  Nic Doncaster Moderator


The last grain train ran to Penong on 3 March 1997. The Penong silos are still used most years (depending on the size of the harvest), but are cleared by road to the port at Thevenard.

"pjknife"


Just so the record is complete - this was not the "last" use of this section of line.

In 2002 and 2003 the Australian Society of Section Car Operators, Inc, took out leases with the Minister for Transport to use this line, and did so. I understand that the Minister has since abandoned this railway, and the land has reverted back to the local land owners.

Penong yard was still secured with AN's padlocks!

The level crossing at the western end of the yard was removed some time around 2006-2007.

ASSCO also entered into an access agreement in GWA in April 2002 to use the Yeelanna-Kapinnie line. I believe that these were the last rail movements on this corridor

  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland


Just so the record is complete - this was not the "last" use of this section of line.


In 2002 and 2003 the Australian Society of Section Car Operators, Inc, took out leases with the Minister for Transport to use this line, and did so. I understand that the Minister has since abandoned this railway, and the land has reverted back to the local land owners.
"Nic Doncaster"


And I was just reading about your Coffin Bay runs yesterday.Very Happy (http://nicdoncaster.com/rail/BHP/index.htm).  
And if i'd looked a little bit harder at your site...Embarassed  (http://nicdoncaster.com/sectioncars/myruns/assco/kpen.htm)

Oh, and congratulations on your 3rd post. Wink  Been a long time between drinks.

  L1150 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Pakenham Vic.
I well recall a map in a British Part publication years back,It may have been the "History of Railways", anyway a section of one edition was done on the Eyre Peninsula lines complete with map however Penong was marked as Pong.  Laughing
"David Peters"


Is this the map you were referring to, David? I was a keen collector of "The History of Railways"  in the 1970s and have virtually all the issues. I guess the good folk of Penong may be a little miffed to have their town renamed "Pong"

  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
There are some images here on my site taken at Kevin.
Try here:
http://www.pilbararailways.com.au/is/is_sa.html

here's a small pic of the train at the end of Kevin on the line to Penong with the plant in the background.
The units run just beyond where I was standing onto the Penong line proper, then push back around the triangle. You'll see the basic sequence on my site as listed above.
larger version by request, i also have other angles of the set up etc at Kevin from 2003 and 2006.



There should be a shot from 2003 of Penong in the where is it quiz from memory!
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".

I well recall a map in a British Part publication years back,It may have been the "History of Railways", anyway a section of one edition was done on the Eyre Peninsula lines complete with map however Penong was marked as Pong.  Laughing
"David Peters"


Is this the map you were referring to, David? I was a keen collector of "The History of Railways"  in the 1970s and have virtually all the issues. I guess the good folk of Penong may be a little miffed to have their town renamed "Pong"

"L1150"


 

Yes that was it and I think anyone would really be miffed to have your town labelled Pong.

Laughing

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