VIC, AU - Rowsley Railway Station

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Discussion for Rowsley Railway Station

A little known close railway station on the Ballarat/Mebourne railway line near Bacchus Marsh.

I have recently discovered this site was the junction of the new removed branch to the Maddingley Mine.

The Maddingley brown coal deposit was surveyed by the 1930s. In the early 1940s brown coal was mined and transported in large quantities by rail from the nearby Rowsley Station, with dedicated trains running between Maddingley and the Australian Paper Manufacturers (APM Siding) at Fairfield, Melbourne.

The coal was used to fire boilers at the APM paper mill, with 400 tonnes (440 short tons) of coal per day transferred in two trains per day. This traffic continued until the late 1970s when the boilers were converted to natural gas firing.

From the 1970s to the late 1980s coal from the mine was used to fuel local boilers at the CRA/Visy cardboard manufacturing facility located at JBD Business Park, located adjacent to Rowsley Station.

The cardboard plant was decommissioned by 1990. The mine was subsequently acquired by the Calleja Group transport company primarily as a dump for green waste. By 1994 the Calleja Group had acquired ownership of a methodology to create densified coal.

The company invested in the application of Maddingley brown coal as a soil conditioner and natural fertiliser replacement for super phosphate, and the development of bench test equipment to produce batch samples of densified coal. Around 1997 the working technology to achieve densified coal became known as the Coldry Process.
Wikipedia

I wonder how long it might be before this mine is actually exporting?  Is this a real possibility?

Regards
Brian

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  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
There was anther siding ?

The siding to the mine workings came out of Bacchus Marsh yard, It's mostly still there, the weigh bridge and house still stands (though trashed) a plant nursery Is located where the former loading area was (It had an overhead bin to load the 4 wheel G wagons)
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
There was anther siding ?

The siding to the mine workings came out of Bacchus Marsh yard, It's mostly still there, the weigh bridge and house still stands (though trashed) a plant nursery Is located where the former loading area was (It had an overhead bin to load the 4 wheel G wagons)
Nightfire

google map reference please?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Melway Page 333 G10

There was a haulage road from this point straight down to Maddingley East Road and Into the open cut mine access gatway

Melway Page 339 H2
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
There was another siding ?
Nightfire
Yes...Dog Trap Gully siding.

Mike.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Mike, nice work on the locations. Both approved.

http://www.railpage.com.au/locations/321/

Regards
Brian

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