Pinnaroo to Murrayville

 
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
I am having a bit of a Safari around NW Vic to look at the Murray Basin conversion to SG and in the process had a look at what's left between Pinnaroo and Murrayville on Friday.

Photos are at this link : https://flic.kr/s/aHsms4xTgy

Everything seems to be intact, though Level crossings are slowly being obliterated and undergrowth hides the rails at most places between Pinnaroo and the Border.

I wanted to have a look at just where the SG and BG ended at the AWB site (it's about 100m past where the Quarantine Station is on the adjacent highway) but a strong barbed wire fence and the thought of what could be lurking in the long grass (it was quite a warm day) held me back. From the small parts that I could see, it appears to have been DG, with the BG ending just before the eastern AWB loop points, and the SG ending about 100m east of the loop points - the tell tale being warning signs advising 25m to end of SG or BG as the case may be. Any Grain loaded onto a BG train there would have had to have been via portable loaders.

The 20km BG line eastwards is intact (including the grain loops at Panitya and Carina) and relatively free of growth, though the condition looks rather poor.

The now isolated BG ends at an earth mound on the eastern side of the Mallee Highway Level Crossing just before Murrayville - adjacent to the 582km marker post - beyond there is now SG.

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  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Thanks Michael.
For all three lots of pics. (edit at 2050 15/9)
Very interesting.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Interesting to think that it saw heavy traffic 20-something years ago when it was used as a by-pass during SG conversion of the main western line.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Interesting to think that it saw heavy traffic 20-something years ago when it was used as a by-pass during SG conversion of the main western line.
don_dunstan
I don't think It was heavy traffic In terms of axle loading, as branch line locomotives were used on the cross country line.
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Interesting to think that it saw heavy traffic 20-something years ago when it was used as a by-pass during SG conversion of the main western line.
I don't think It was heavy traffic In terms of axle loading, as branch line locomotives were used on the cross country line.
Nightfire
My recollection was that X class were used on the Jets and that there was no reduced axleload (20 tonne ?) although speed would have been reduced.

Only from memory so open to correction, as always.
  M636C Minister for Railways

I wanted to have a look at just where the SG and BG ended at the AWB site (it's about 100m past where the Quarantine Station is on the adjacent highway) but a strong barbed wire fence and the thought of what could be lurking in the long grass (it was quite a warm day) held me back. From the small parts that I could see, it appears to have been DG, with the BG ending just before the eastern AWB loop points, and the SG ending about 100m east of the loop points


I was there in September 2004 and rode 701 (then still green) on the first train onto the new track beyond the former earth mound at the Eastern end of Pinnaroo yard. I can confirm that there was dual gauge track in the loading area. As far as I know it was never used by broad gauge vehicles since there was a baulk across the track at the level crossing just inside Victoria.


At least the distance to be converted to SG if the line were to be needed again is quite short and the conversion time would be short.


Peter
  kitchgp Chief Commissioner

An article about Pinnaroo, written in 2006, from the Western Victorian Railfan Guide site:

http://www.railfanguide.wancon.com.au/pinnaroo.html

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