Awaba State Collery

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Hi,

Did this Collery ever have a rail connection?

http://goo.gl/maps/X7wpi

Google maps (map view) shows a rail line however, when you view in Satellite no line exists.

Regards
Brian

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  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
Yes Brian,

Awaba colliery certainly did have a rail connection and its remains form a siding heading up from Awaba station. I think it was replaced by a conveyer to take coal to the power station about 1980. Its route into the west side of the colliery could once be faintly discerned from Google and local observations.

Rodo,


(Google maps shows a private coal roadway, so many conveyors about that I have got confused but there is something on the satellite photo that could have been a conveyor.)
  OK2RUN Assistant Commissioner

"Did this Colliery ever have a rail connection?"
Yes.
As stated, ran from Awaba to Wangi Power Station.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/ok2run/9499911487/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/ok2run/9499911773/

Edit: The above images date from June 1987.
  OK2RUN Assistant Commissioner

Brian,

If you have access to "Coal, Railways and Mines" vol 2 (The Bible) by Brian R Andrews pages 999 - 1030 for a good coverage of the mines, rails etc around Awaba. A map of Awaba State Mine is on page 1009. Interestingly it is stated that the line closed in 1980 after the opening of Vales Point loop but the images above date from 1987.
  Johnny_Walton Railcorp Crash Test Dummy No.1

Location: Flemington Maintenance Centre
Hi,

Did this Collery ever have a rail connection?

http://goo.gl/maps/X7wpi

Google maps (map view) shows a rail line however, when you view in Satellite no line exists.

Regards
Brian
bevans

The above link also shows the remains of the original North Main line which used to be steeper but straighter to the top of Hawkmount. Of course you may need to look hard to see it. As usual some bends were added to allow for grade easement AND slower speeds.

Jono
  barkfast Station Master

if you switch the Google maps view to Maps from Satellite it shows the route of the siding from the station down to the colliery
  barkerk Station Master

As has already been stated, the line ran from Awaba station via Awaba colliery to Wangi power station. Most of the coal for Wangi power station came from Newstan colliery at Fassifern where a 59 class Baldwin and 60 class Garratt steam loco would double head daily to take coal to Wangi. When Wangi power station closed in 1980 the line was no longer used. Eraring power station was opened in 1981 and one of their generator transformers failed in 1987. The Wangi line was deemed suitable for use and a 44 class diesel took the generator transformer from Wangi to Awaba and eventually it was taken by rail to the Tyree factory in Sydney. A coal unloading balloon loop was built at Eraring power station in later years (1990?) and has been used on several occasions to load/unload generator transformers
  a6et Minister for Railways

As has already been stated, the line ran from Awaba station via Awaba colliery to Wangi power station. Most of the coal for Wangi power station came from Newstan colliery at Fassifern where a 59 class Baldwin and 60 class Garratt steam loco would double head daily to take coal to Wangi. When Wangi power station closed in 1980 the line was no longer used. Eraring power station was opened in 1981 and one of their generator transformers failed in 1987. The Wangi line was deemed suitable for use and a 44 class diesel took the generator transformer from Wangi to Awaba and eventually it was taken by rail to the Tyree factory in Sydney. A coal unloading balloon loop was built at Eraring power station in later years (1990?) and has been used on several occasions to load/unload generator transformers
barkerk

There were generally two train rosters for the Awaba working from Newstan being anyone of A2, A3, A4 or A5, it very much depended on what the working for the day was going to be. The 59+ garratt was a common working on one of the rosters so to was double garratts, likewise any type of standard goods engine could be used rather than the 59, IF, they had the automatic coupler on the locomotive buffer beam.

A private funder truck highway was also constructed from the Newstan mine to service the Awaba power station affectively closing the line down, with trucks taking over the operations.
  a6et Minister for Railways

As has already been stated, the line ran from Awaba station via Awaba colliery to Wangi power station. Most of the coal for Wangi power station came from Newstan colliery at Fassifern where a 59 class Baldwin and 60 class Garratt steam loco would double head daily to take coal to Wangi. When Wangi power station closed in 1980 the line was no longer used. Eraring power station was opened in 1981 and one of their generator transformers failed in 1987. The Wangi line was deemed suitable for use and a 44 class diesel took the generator transformer from Wangi to Awaba and eventually it was taken by rail to the Tyree factory in Sydney. A coal unloading balloon loop was built at Eraring power station in later years (1990?) and has been used on several occasions to load/unload generator transformers

There were generally two train rosters for the Awaba working from Newstan being anyone of A2, A3, A4 or A5, it very much depended on what the working for the day was going to be. The 59+ garratt was a common working on one of the rosters so to was double garratts, likewise any type of standard goods engine could be used rather than the 59, IF, they had the automatic coupler on the locomotive buffer beam.

A private funded truck highway was also constructed from the Newstan mine to service the Awaba power station affectively closing the line down, with trucks taking over the operations.
  OK2RUN Assistant Commissioner

... Eraring power station was opened in 1981 and one of their generator transformers failed in 1987. The Wangi line was deemed suitable for use and a 44 class diesel took the generator transformer from Wangi to Awaba and eventually it was taken by rail to the Tyree factory in Sydney. A coal unloading balloon loop was built at Eraring power station in later years (1990?) and has been used on several occasions to load/unload generator transformers
barkerk
Thanks barberk for this info. Have noted the levelled area just on the departure side of Eraring unloading bin for load/unloading operations.
  barkerk Station Master

It is interesting to note that the last steam hauled revenue service by NSWGR was on 24th February 1973 by 6042 ferrying coal from Awaba Colliery to Wangi power station (3 trips). It is also quite ironic that Myuna colliery that supplies coal to Eraring power station via overland conveyor is actually located inside the grounds of the old Wangi power station
  nic Chief Train Controller

Location: Brisbane, QLD
The track formation to Wangi is still there - I went on a 4 x 4 trip along a section of it with some mates a few months back. The rails have been lifted but the sleepers and ballast formation is all intact - substantially overgrown in places however.
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

Would like to know more about the XFMR retrieval in 1987. Was this covered in any publication/journal? Got any more pictures OK2RUN? In fact, any detail on the branch to Wangi Wangi would be appreciated

Thank you
  OK2RUN Assistant Commissioner

Would like to know more about the XFMR retrieval in 1987. Was this covered in any publication/journal? Got any more pictures OK2RUN? In fact, any detail on the branch to Wangi Wangi would be appreciated

Thank you
gw0071
In answer to your two questions, to the best of my knowledge, No and No (not this event that is. Do have some images of guards vans stored nearby around 1985 if that helps). For more info on the branch line suggest looking in "Coal, Railways and Mines" vol 2 (The Bible) by Brian R Andrews.

The only other info I can offer was that the area was water logged (prior to our visit) and the truck delivering the transformer was bogged for a time and during the check of the NZZA wheels water was removed from axleboxes.

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