Mildura/Merbein turntable & nearby rail shed

 
  RedEyeExpress Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Can anyone help with some basic information about the turntable and nearby semi-enclosed rail shed at Mildura or possibly Merbein? I visited them in late 2016 but can't recall the exact location - it might have been not far from the old Mildura Base Hospital on Ontario Avenue.
For example, the approximate date of construction/installation and exact purpose (originally and currently) of the table and shed would be useful to me. And are they considered part of the Wakefield Intermodal facility?
I ask because I'd like to accurately caption some photos. I've tried to search both Railpage and the wider WWW but - beyond some possible but very general mentions - to no avail, so far.
Thank you

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Here is a map reference

  RedEyeExpress Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Thank you Bevans - looks from the aerial photo that 'my' turntable and shed might be in or near the Mildura station precinct (adjacent to Seventh Street, top of Olive Avenue) after all.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Your shed is the carriage shed, where carriages off the overnight passenger trains spent the day, under shade rather than in direct sun. It was constructed in 1929 and was 500ft long. In 1978 it was shortened by 150ft.  The nearby turntable is a (relative) recent installation, dating to 1997. The loco depot at Mildura was built in 1928 or so, in Mansell Reserve, with a five-stall shed, where Bevans' view shows netball courts. The depot was closed, and the turntable was removed in 1970.
  RedEyeExpress Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne
Much appreciated Duttonbay, exactly what I was after! I wonder whether the 1997 turntable was installed for turning diesel locos and/or heritage steam?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

According to Bruce McLean's Mildura Railway History CD, the new turntable 'was intended as a gesture to encourage the use of tourist trains following the withdrawal of "The Vinelander" rail passenger service'.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Thank you Bevans - looks from the aerial photo that 'my' turntable and shed might be in or near the Mildura station precinct (adjacent to Seventh Street, top of Olive Avenue) after all.
RedEyeExpress

This is correct.  I have actually witnessed the turntable being used and now wonder if there will be a steam trip to Mildura prior to the conversion.

I have a lot of my older Mildura photos on file here which can be found at https://www.railpage.com.au/gallery?album=1009
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

BTW, there are various references to a turntable at Merbein. There was a short (26ft) table for turning AEC Railmotors in the 1920s. There was a proposal when the line was extended to Merbein to make that the main terminus on the line, and to move the loco depot from Mildura to Merbein. To this end a 70' turntable was delivered to Merbein in 1924, but it was not installed as nothing further came of the proposal, and the turntable was moved back to Mildura in 1927 where it was installed in the loco depot which was built at Mildura in 1927.
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
From memory and Railpage's search facility, in 2015 the Mildura turntable was booked out of service (RP) due to a partial collapse of the wall and jamming it (Memory). I doubt it's been repaired.

Rick
  Highrailer Assistant Commissioner

Location: Somewhere out on the track......anywhere around the country
Im almost 100% sure that the points from the main line to the turntable have been removed in fairly recent times.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Who knows, Yarrawonga had It's turntable gauge converted and connection retained (though It's not or never been available for traffic)
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Im almost 100% sure that the points from the main line to the turntable have been removed in fairly recent times.
Highrailer

Sounds a lot like Victrack.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Im almost 100% sure that the points from the main line to the turntable have been removed in fairly recent times.

Sounds a lot like Victrack.
bevans
Unless there Is a plan to move It to the end of the line out at Yelta, given that Mildura no longer has a yard for a loco to run around.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Im almost 100% sure that the points from the main line to the turntable have been removed in fairly recent times.

Sounds a lot like Victrack.
Unless there Is a plan to move It to the end of the line out at Yelta, given that Mildura no longer has a yard for a loco to run around.
Nightfire

Mildura does have capacity for locos to run around.  In fact this is post the destruction by Victrack of what at the time was a busy yard.  Despite all the backhanders and Mildura council conflicts of interest the yard was destroyed and not a SINGLE piece of development has ever been completed so it remains a wasteland for years to come.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Mildura does have capacity for locos to run around.  
bevans
Where? I thought it had been reduced to a single track past the platform.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Mildura does have capacity for locos to run around.  
Where? I thought it had been reduced to a single track past the platform.
duttonbay

Roads 3 and 4 and the LCL road were gone but it is possible as there are 1 and 2 roads in the yard last time I looked.  Mildura is such a shame,  good viable LCL business killed by PN, cement killed by PN, oil miss managed.

I remeber seeing 5 or 6 vans in the LCL siding for each train.

Mildura loading was b ig out of irymple with Sunbeam all lost to road despiate the rail line accessing the plant.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland

Roads 3 and 4 and the LCL road were gone but it is possible as there are 1 and 2 roads in the yard last time I looked.  Mildura is such a shame,  good viable LCL business killed by PN, cement killed by PN, oil miss managed.

I remeber seeing 5 or 6 vans in the LCL siding for each train.

Mildura loading was b ig out of irymple with Sunbeam all lost to road despiate the rail line accessing the plant.
bevans
https://www.flickr.com/photos/76376268@N05/29106202364/in/photostream/

By the way the LCL was not a viable business ! cement apparently Is still railled but In containers (Warn Ponds cement works Is due to close, ending cement production In Victoria ?) EPA and ongoing changes to the petroleum Industry, facility Investment cycles killed off oil transport by rail.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Roads 3 and 4 and the LCL road were gone but it is possible as there are 1 and 2 roads in the yard last time I looked.  Mildura is such a shame,  good viable LCL business killed by PN, cement killed by PN, oil miss managed.

I remeber seeing 5 or 6 vans in the LCL siding for each train.

Mildura loading was b ig out of irymple with Sunbeam all lost to road despiate the rail line accessing the plant.
"bevans"
sa-trackandsignal shows on sidings at all left connected http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf%20files/VCRN/VL1177.pdf

Only possible run arounds are at the old cement siding south of Benetook Ave, or at Merbein or Yelta

By the way the LCL was not a viable business !
"nightfire"

How do you explain SCT then?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland


How do you explain SCT then?
Pressman
SCT Is long distance transport

SCT also cares about their customers, with fully Integrated logistic supply chain.

Hey they may see an opportunity In the Sunraysia region for a rail based operation ?

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