Where is it ~ Melbourne Suburban (Photo) #3

 
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I wonder if it's Middle Footscray.

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  MtBeenak Train Controller

I wonder if it's Middle Footscray.
Valvegear

Wonder no more!  It is Middle Footscray.
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Well, imagine that!

It's open floor folks: I just don't have any photos.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Mine are too easy so how about we try this unusual one, where is this X'Trapolis?
  MtBeenak Train Controller

Bayswater.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Yes, it's the Bayswater maintenance facility.
The photo was taken from Burke's Lookout.
  Bullucked Assistant Commissioner

Can I use one from my youth?

MtBeenak

A very interesting picture. Distant signals on the same post as a home signal being painted red with a white fishtailed band, nothing unusual about that, but in this picture with no home signal above! How common was this? (Can see that home signals were there but appear to have been removed)
Whilst on the subject, anyone know why this style of distant signal had the red coloured arms whereas the stand alone distant had a yellow arm?

Edited, spelling and clarification (I think) of question.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

The yellow and black distant semaphore came into use in Victoria over a period beginning around 1926 with completion around 1930, so any photo from earlier times would show red distant signals.  As to why Victoria favoured the red distant arm when slotted below a home signal, I am certain that "Somersault" would provide the answer, but I do not have the time tonight to try and find it. I suspect it was in relation to passing a horizontal yellow arm being permitted, unless it had a red arm above it. Better to have them both red.  In the UK a distance arm was always yellow (once yellow had been settled on) even if below a home signal.
  Bullucked Assistant Commissioner

Thread is being hijacked a little, with apologies. Duttonbay, I've asked many a great mind and to this day cannot come up with a logical reason. The different coloured lenses are understandable but the colour of the arm, particularly after dark.....
  MtBeenak Train Controller

I am glad I was able to provoke discussion, even if off topic. Yes these signals had the homes removed from the top of the post.


Here is the caption from the photo I posted:

The station at Middle Footscray with its Up and Down side platforms formed an
obstacle to construction of the separate Goods lines, and on 12th July 1927
a new island platform was opened on the west side of Victoria Street.
Viewed from the edge of the underpass that replaced the level crossing with its
hand operated gates, we see the austere new arrangement, all raw brick and concrete,
with state-of-the-art chain link fencing. Signal post 12C on the left has lost
two of the arms it previously carried, and only the West Footscray Down Distant signal,
with a red arm and light, is left. Temporary post 12B on the Up side has lost the
arm that protected Victoria Street gates, though a solitary Distant signal for
Footscray “D” box at Nicholson Street will remain in use for a few more months.
To the right of the picture can be seen the cleared area in readiness for the new Goods lines.
ALL PHOTOS COURTESY PUBLIC RECORD OFFICE

The Goods Lines referred to above are the dual gauge lines which run 'Down' to Tottenham and in the 'Up', under Footscray.

Back on topic, I do not have access to a new photo, so I will throw it open.
  MtBeenak Train Controller

Okay, I found something.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Clifton Hill?
  MtBeenak Train Controller

Not Clifton Hill.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Chelsea?
  MtBeenak Train Controller

Not Chelsea. When I first saw it I thought of Chelsea or Carrum but it is a long way from a beach!
  raudteejaam Train Controller

I know it almost certainly isn't going to be right, but my first impression on seeing that picture is that it's of Glen Huntly. I believe the tram was extended to Carnegie in the 1950s, so my thinking was this might pre-date that. But like I said, I'm pretty sure it's wrong- but wanted to take the guess anyway.
  MtBeenak Train Controller

You are correct. It is NOT Glenhuntly. Further north.
  Alamein_Line Chief Commissioner

Since the photo appeared , I've had Blackburn in mnd , so will throw it in ................
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
The signal box looks like the one at Fairfield, so I will throw that in.
  MtBeenak Train Controller

The signal box looks like the one at Fairfield, so I will throw that in.
Lad_Porter

Not Fairfield and also not Blackburn. Slightly further north. (not directly north of anywhere , just closer to the north pole than any present guess!)
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Is it Moonee Ponds?
  MtBeenak Train Controller

Is it Moonee Ponds?
Gauntlet

Correct.  Over to you!
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
OK, where is this Comeng train?
  MtBeenak Train Controller

Approaching Albion.
  Gauntlet Chief Commissioner

Location:
Yes, it's just over a kilometre down from the station.

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