Ouyen coal stage, loco depot & turntable

 
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
I am proposing to finally start construction of my layout based on Ouyen.  I have found some photo's and a diagram off Mark Bau's website, but not much else.  Even Google Earth doesn't show much.  I am going to take the 5 hour drive there in a few weeks to get some more pics, and see if I can find anything left of the coal stage etc.  

Does anyone know if there is anything left there i.e filled in turntable or mound for coal stage?  I know it ran roughly along side of the Murrayville Branch but that's about it.

Peter

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  Highrailer Assistant Commissioner

Location: Somewhere out on the track......anywhere around the country
Yes it was along side the  Murrayville  line out past the saleyards but very little to look at if anything at all now.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
I had a quick look yesterday. The sites being used as a storage area for junk. There's a couple of rail related items around, but it has been levelled.

Rick
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Perhaps Bruce McLean's Mildura Railway History CD might have some information. I am on the road at the moment, and won't be back home until about the start of June. I shall take a look then if nothing else has popped up here.
  VRS302 Station Master

Location: Central Vic
Perhaps Bruce McLean's Mildura Railway History CD might have some information. I am on the road at the moment, and won't be back home until about the start of June. I shall take a look then if nothing else has popped up here.
duttonbay

Hi Peter,

Check out the website 'when there were stations' it has some great old pictures which should be of help. If you google search 'stationspast' it should come up. Good luck with your layout project.

cheers Smile
  x42 Junior Train Controller

Location: NSW
Look for the palm tree.
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
Had a great, if not very long day yesterday in Ouyen.  Thanks to Sue and Gwen from the local historical society.  I have posted pome photo's on Flickr.  Yes its full of scrub but there are palm trees and some concrete steps and footings still there.  It wasn't until I came home and looked at the photos of the photos at the Historical centre that I started to put pieces together and get a very rough idea of where it all was.  A very entertaining and tiring day.  A train movement would have been the icing on the cake but no cigar.

I appreciate everyone assistance.
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
Hi Peter,

Check out the website 'when there were stations' it has some great old pictures which should be of help. If you google search 'stationspast' it should come up. Good luck with your layout project.

cheers Smile
VRS302

Thank you for those sites, however, I have already seen them.  In fact one of the photos on there "Ouyen station and yard view north from the footbridge. 15/12/86" is actually mirrored.  The photos will be invaluable for the yard, however, until I went to the local Historical society There wasn't much the other side of the Mallee Highway where the turntable etc was.
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
Perhaps Bruce McLean's Mildura Railway History CD might have some information. I am on the road at the moment, and won't be back home until about the start of June. I shall take a look then if nothing else has popped up here.
duttonbay

Thanks for that but I'm hoping Bruce will draw on a screen print of Google Earth of where the turntable etc was, if he knows of course.  I'll even pay for a CD when he gets back from OS.
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
I had a quick look yesterday. The sites being used as a storage area for junk. There's a couple of rail related items around, but it has been levelled.

Rick
RustyRick

A massive thank you to Rick.  I am like a kid on Christmas morning with the information he sent me.

Peter
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
A massive thank you to Rick.  I am like a kid on Christmas morning with the information he sent me.

Peter
Victralian
No worries. All I ask is you post your findings.

Cheers

Rick
  Daryl Junior Train Controller

Location: Carrum Downs
In 1986 I examined the area and the only thing I saw was a huge name board with the word "CATCH" in red painted iron letters on a white background in the style of the station name boards. I took a photo.

There were no buildings in my recollection.
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
I require an umpire to sort out what supported the rail over the ash pit at Ouyen.  From photos, we have had suggestions they look like concrete or red gum stumps, vertical rail or two pieces of vertical rail sole plate back to back.  Also, would any one know if there were rods or the like to keep the rails in gauge?

Again, I appreciate any assistance.
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
No worries. All I ask is you post your findings.

Cheers

Rick
RustyRick

I have added a photo to my Flickr which shows where on a google satellite image the Coal stage, turntable and roundhouse stood.  This has been shown to an old railway employee who said it was pretty accurate.  Not knowing how to "Photoshop" it, I manually superimposed the diagram of the turntable etc, over the Google image.
  H222 Beginner

Location: Melbourne, Australia
As I assume I'm not bumping a 15.5 year old post, this diagram may help

http://www.signaldiagramsandphotos.com/mywebpages/vr/Western_and_South_Western/16%2770.htm

Jamie Smile
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
As I assume I'm not bumping a 15.5 year old post, this diagram may help

http://www.signaldiagramsandphotos.com/mywebpages/vr/Western_and_South_Western/16%2770.htm

Jamie Smile
H222

Thanks Jamie.  Already have that one saved to favourites.  Not sure what year it was however.  Must be well before 1969 when the turntable was removed.

Peter
  Toad Montgomery Chief Commissioner

Location: Port Hedland: Team EMU want's YOU!
You'll find some info here, though no diagram:

http://vrhistory.com/Locations/index.htm

53 foot table installed 1913, replaced with a 70 foot in 1926 and removed in 1969.
  Victralian Station Master

Location: Melbourne
You'll find some info here, though no diagram:

http://vrhistory.com/Locations/index.htm

53 foot table installed 1913, replaced with a 70 foot in 1926 and removed in 1969.
Toad Montgomery

Thank you.  Yes, I have been there also.  The only place on the internet that had any diagram was Mark Bau's.  Fortunately, Some fellow members have assisted me in obtaining a lot more info that I could have imagined, to which I and the Ouyen Historical Society are very grateful.

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