Old deviations on Main South line NSW

 
  S550 Station Master

Location: Perth WA
Hi all

Googleearth imagery shows an old formation between Gunning and Fish River on the Main South line of NSWGR.

Can anyone help me with a date for this deviation?

Looks like the line was lengthened, I presume that was to ease the grades by going around the north of the hill instead of straight over the top. The old formation is very clear if you push the time slider back to 2003.

Thanks
S550

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  7334 Chief Commissioner

Location: In the workshop wondering why I started 7334 in the first place
Hi all

Googleearth imagery shows an old formation between Gunning and Fish River on the Main South line of NSWGR.

Can anyone help me with a date for this deviation?

Looks like the line was lengthened, I presume that was to ease the grades by going around the north of the hill instead of straight over the top. The old formation is very clear if you push the time slider back to 2003.

Thanks
S550
S550
The deviation was opened on 24 October 1915.

More detail is in the ARHS Bulletin April 1941 issue.  This article was the fifth in a series written by C. C. Singleton covering the main south (and the main west) which were published over a number of years with a break during WW2.

It is available on a CD covering the Bulletin issues from 1937 to 1950 which is presumably still available from the ARHS.

Your assumption concerning the purpose of the deviation is correct but it was only one of a number carried out over a period around WW1 in conjunction with duplication and which resulted in the distance from Goulburn to Cootamundra increasing by around 13 kms.

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  S550 Station Master

Location: Perth WA
Good morning 7334

Thanks for this, appreciate the date, and the reference to more info.

I can see some others (Googleearth is an amazing resource!) , but the one I mentioned looks rather longer than most.

I have the 1941 Bulletins, well I have the reprints which Vic Division did in the 1960s, so can check for more details.

Thanks again
S550
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
There was a landscape oriented booklet issued by the Dept. of Railways, Information Bureau called "Main Southern Line Maps" dated October 1967. Price $2! The Gunning/Fish River deviation is on page S 33. Worth tracking down, a wealth of information.
  S550 Station Master

Location: Perth WA
$2 certainly good value!  But chances of finding a copy in S550 territory (i.e. west of Eucla)  pretty slim....
Thanks for the heads-up.

S550

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