As promised, second page and a second round of photos. The photos here will cover the line from the very end of the existing track to Main North Road. While this section isn't the longest on the line, it was without of doubt the most difficult because of some heavy overgrowth, hidden platforms and debris everywhere in addition to having to cross a construction site access road.
However, your efforts walking along this section will be rewarded because of the gems you will find (even though to get there, I had to back track all the way to Churchill Road, follow it 300m or so to Port Wakefield Road before then walking another 300m to the level crossing on Port Wakefield Road because of a small rest area on the line!) Because of the number of photos on this section, Pooraka station and the section after to Northfield will be presented in the next photo post.End of the line. Within the last 10m of track, the line ceases to be dual gauge and is SG only.
Quite by surprise, I found this small siding at the same location.
Port Wakefield Road level crossing. Until c.2001/2002, the track and boom gates were still intact at this point but where subsequently removed and the track covered over.
The former CTC relay, now used as a billboard since it is right next to the level crossing. Until around last year, there were a couple of DWf van bodies on the other side of the former track bed from the relay. These have now been removed since there is new construction work happening right on the edge of the alignment.
Cavan station, now very heavily overgrown and covered in debris. Some of the fencing and ashphalt surface does remain however. In addition, a sloping concrete retaining wall (identical in design to the one on the DOWN platform at Parafield) is still in place.
While the track itself has long since gone, numerous track components such as sleepers, spikes and rails are still on site at not only Cavan station but at numerous other points on the line.
Another unexpected find that caught me off guard was this former Commonwealth Railways 20' LCL container just to the east of the former platform.
When I said that this section was hard going in places, I mean it. This is what I was faced with soon after I left Cavan station although the alignment did clear up a bit after here. The ballast trail that I was following is the bottom right hand corner of the picture.
Telephone poles and other debris.
Meatworks platform. Other then the concrete fronting, this platform has been almost entirely removed and has also got a lot of soil dumped on the former track bed (so much so that I nearly missed this platform all together).
Track bed between the Meatworks platform and Pooraka station.
Stock race and stock race extension next to Pooraka station.
Enjoy. If we can knock over to page 3, I can get the last part of this journey posted.