Stations with "dead" platforms

 
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
Carlsruhe.  The down platform has been demolished and is currently being rebuilt using the same bluestones.  This seems to have been an island platform back in the day.
"Kilonewton"

It was.

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  mattyfitzh Train Controller

Location: Quakers Hill, ex-Eastwood, ex-Carlingford, ex-Kogarah, ex-Quandialla, NSW
That's great to hear Warks.

There is also remnants of a platform hidden as a garden on the down side of Beecroft as well.
  Sonofagunzel Chief Commissioner

IIRC both Rockdale and Kogarah had meatworks sidings with platforms.
  mattyfitzh Train Controller

Location: Quakers Hill, ex-Eastwood, ex-Carlingford, ex-Kogarah, ex-Quandialla, NSW
Where was the meatworks infrastructure in Kogarah located?
  Sonofagunzel Chief Commissioner

It was just up from the station, past the road bridge, on the Railway Pde side of the line.
  resistor Station Staff

Location: Noraville, New South Wales

Here's a pic of what could be an old goods platform at Wyong (just down).  It's also a hop, skip and a jump to Wyong Racecourse so it could also have been for that.  Maybe they ran Rail Motors to it?  It's only about 200 m from the present Wyong station so it makes you wonder why they'd bother.  Then again there's Clarendon (Hawkesbury Racecourse) on the the Richmond line as an example.
"Warks"


I reckon it was a goods platform, take a look at this photo (although it's fairly old and poor quality) the men seem to be loading sleepers on a wagon in a similar position.
http://www.wyong.nsw.gov.au/libphoto/details.cfm?details=401
  edison Chief Commissioner

What an interesting thread this has been!

On the up side of Hornsby station was a small loco shed, a couple of sidings and a turntable.  This was for the operation of the Hornsby-Cowan shuttle (when the wires stopped at Hornsby, or at least, at the car sidings, as they were known).  30-class and a LUB set used to do this run, approx. hourly.

Also, does anyone remember the pick-up goods that used to come down as far as St Leonards, serving also sidings at Chatswood and Gordon.  Worked by 50-53-class and later 48's?

Aah, the Good Old Days . . .
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
I worked in Chandos St and later Christie St, St Leonards for about 5yrs during the mid to late 80s and during some of that time was a rail commuter. The St Leonards railway station of that time was a far cry indeed from today!

While I don't recall ever seeing the goods service that you describe edison, I do recall that there was a siding on the eastern side (IIRC) accessed from the Up track. Would the pick-up goods you described have lobbed into this siding?
  edison Chief Commissioner

Wurx -

Yes, it did, and I agree about the old (first) station, with the open-air ramp down from the Pacific Hwy overbridge.  The pick-up used to arrive most nights of the week, between 8 and 10 pm. It also served sidings on the Down side, north of the substation building.

Just thought, there was so much less ambient noise in the environment in those days - I lived about half-way between the Pac Hwy and the harbour, in Greenwich, and could hear the above train at night, and also the chorus of whistles that would occur at Darling Harbour whenever a driver did his last trip!

Cheers,

Edison
  dragons754 Beginner

Location: Cronulla, Sydney
Does the Mortuary station at Central in Sydney count as a dead platform?
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
Does the Mortuary station at Central in Sydney count as a dead platform?
"dragons754"
Better you should ask that of the "passengers" in the "box" seats....  Laughing
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
UPDATE

It recently surfaced on another thread somewhere that there was to be sextuplification of tracks between Sydenham and Illawarra Junction.

Apparently the project was begun in the late 40s, and between then and a decade on, was stopped & started several times, due to the usual BS reasons that will always hamper any public infrastructure project: pollie tricks (politics) Evil or Very Mad

(OT, this was why it took just over half a century for the completion of the construction of the ESR Rolling Eyes )

Anyway, back to the abandoned sextup. Had it been completed, the Banko would finish at Illawarra junction, instead of at Sydenham, where Banko trains have always had to cross over to/from the Illawarra Local lines. The dead platties at St. Peters would be 1 (up Banko) & 2 (down Banko), and the relevant pathway constructed under the Princes Hwy. The Coulson St and Macdonald St under-line bridges would be carrying six tracks instead of four; and at Erko, the dead back of (now) platform 1 would be down Banko, with an up Banko platform across from it (this one was never built AFAIK).

Which, I hope, will put the coffin story in its, erm, coffin.......
  Turbo Thomas Assistant Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
There are another couple of dead platforms in Melbourne on the Sydenham line.
There is the old up platform at St Albans located on the opposite side of the level crossing.
There is also the platform at the old Sydenham station building.
Both these platforms are still intact, but cannot be accessed by the public.

Could the old parcels platform at Belgrave be classified as a dead platform?
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
At Rydal (NSW) and Tarana the double line has been singled, so that one platform is out of use. Maybe Sodwalls as well.

At Molong, the main line has been slewed over to the old Loop Line so as to use the Loop Line bridge which is in better condition than the Main Line Bridge. The gap between main platform and train is very wide.

Orange station has a dock platform with no tracks in it.

Canterbury has a former turnback platform with no track in it, with a very wide gap to the nearest Goods track.
  42101 Banned

Location: Banned
Parkes has two dead dock platforms at the west end of the main platform.
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
At Rydal (NSW) and Tarana the double line has been singled, so that one platform is out of use. Maybe Sodwalls as well.

At Molong, the main line has been slewed over to the old Loop Line so as to use the Loop Line bridge which is in better condition than the Main Line Bridge. The gap between main platform and train is very wide.

Orange station has a dock platform with no tracks in it.

Canterbury has a former turnback platform with no track in it, with a very wide gap to the nearest Goods track.
"awsgc24"


Milthorpe is like Molong - diverted tracks for platform clearance.  No more special trains can stop there.
  coit Locomotive Driver

Location: Weston,NSW
I dont think these have been mentioned:
Newcastle platform No5,later used for storing DMU's,then track removed for carparking,then buses.
Maitland Dock platform at the up end of platform 1.It's been filled in,but I can remember an occasional carriage being stored there.
I think it was for the Morpeth branch when the connection faced Maitland.
Nearly all the platforms exist on the SMR,some with track,and some without.Most could hold 8 to 10 carriage trains.
Old platorms at Cockle Creek for the West Wallsend line(don't know if they're still there).
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney

Old platorms at Cockle Creek for the West Wallsend line(don't know if they're still there).
"coit"


Strictly speaking, these were the original main line which crossed cockle creek on the original bridge.

The the main line was deviated onto the new bridge and Cockle Creek got 4 platforms (2 for goods only). Say 1960.

Then the junction to the coal balloon loop was relocated to the south side of the new bridge, and the old bridge and two platforms closed. Say 1980.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Newbridge had an island platform in double line days. Assuming that the platform remained after singling, one side flanks the mainline while the other flanks a perway(?) siding.
  dasher Chief Commissioner

Location: Within the NSWGR
Maybe Sodwalls as well.
"awsgc24"


IIRC the platform at Sodwalls no longer exists.
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Would the mounds of dirt between some of the tracks be were some of the platforms of the Old Milsons Point used to be?
  Bree76 Chief Train Controller

Location: Nibiru
How many stations, that are currently in use, have "dead" platforms?
"wurx"


The former Traralgon station looks to now be a dead platform, as there are still tracks running past it and they look to be in use. Can anyone confirm this.

Now for another: this one is not regarding a station platform, but it's something that appears "dead" nonetheless.

On the Gippsland line, Melbourne side of Moe, opposite "Old Gippstown", one can see a very short platform that is probably no bigger, probably smaller, than an RMSP. I have seen no clues around it as to what it might have been used for. It doesn't even look as though it could have been accessed from the road.

Does anyone have any idea what this platform was used for?
  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
On the Gippsland line, Melbourne side of Moe, opposite "Old Gippstown", one can see a very short platform that is probably no bigger, probably smaller, than an RMSP. I have seen no clues around it as to what it might have been used for. It doesn't even look as though it could have been accessed from the road.

Does anyone have any idea what this platform was used for?
"brionnach_1976"
On the recent SRHC trip to Bairnsdale I had this platform pointed out to me. It was built for a royal tour in the 1980s so the royals could step off the train and make a short visit to Old Gippstown.
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
Would the mounds of dirt between some of the tracks be where some of the platforms of the Old Milsons Point used to be?
"awsgc24"
If you mean the mounds of dirt toward the end of what is now the Lavender Bay car sidings, yes.

IIRC what I read in John Oakes' Sydney's Forgotten City Railways, these are the remains of the second Milson's Point, the first one being obliterated by the construction of the bridge.

If I can ever get round to uploading the current card in my digitalos, I have some snaps of the mounds.
  Bree76 Chief Train Controller

Location: Nibiru
On the Gippsland line, Melbourne side of Moe, opposite "Old Gippstown", one can see a very short platform that is probably no bigger, probably smaller, than an RMSP. I have seen no clues around it as to what it might have been used for. It doesn't even look as though it could have been accessed from the road.

Does anyone have any idea what this platform was used for?
"brionnach_1976"
On the recent SRHC trip to Bairnsdale I had this platform pointed out to me. It was built for a royal tour in the 1980s so the royals could step off the train and make a short visit to Old Gippstown.
"wongm"


That is fascinating! Thanks for sharing your knowledge wongm Smile

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