One distinctive feature of the Adelaide system in years gone by were the number of industrial spur lines that were served by a regular commuter services. The former Hendon, Finsbury, Penfield No 3, GMH and technically the Northfield lines were all examples of these spur lines which were once a part of the suburban timetable. Today, only one such line survives and even then, on a rather precarious existance. Ofcourse, the line I refer to is the Tonsely line which was only constructed in 1965 to serve the former Chrysler/Mitsubishi plant at Clovelly Park.
Yesterday, I walked the entire line using the UBD street map on the Noarlunga/Tonsely timetable as a guide from Ascot Park station to Tonsely before taking the last train of the day, the 17:16 service from Tonsely to Adelaide. One thing I was amazed with was how much time has 'frozen' on the line. Other then the terminus, the stations still have a very SAR feel to them and other then STA/TA standard signage as well as the installation of Ethel, you can easily think it is 1978, not 2008. Even the SAR standard lighting mounted on old rails with feed lines above the ground have been retained.
Ascot Park station where I began my journey. Even here at junction of the branch, there are still a couple of relics dating back to the SAR days.
The junction of the line to Tonsely just to the northern end of the platform.
One distinct feature of the Tonsely line are the flood openings which are of a design not seen else where. The sleepers are directly bolted to the concrete which is no wider then the sleeper itself and the rail hangs in mid air between the sleepers. This is the largest example at Ascot Park although there are several other small ones along the line.
The line peeling away up the small gradient at Ascot Park.
Daws Road level crossing. In the last photo, you can see the Noarlunga line overpass in the distance.
A relic from the STA days.
S bend between Ascot Park and Mitchell Park. It just wouldn't be TransAdelaide without a TSR sign.
Celtic Avenue level crossing. Timber boom gates are still in use here.
3007 between the level crossing and Mitchell Park station forming the second to last service to Tonsely.
Mitchell Park station.
The line between Mitchell Park and the next station at Clovelly Park. 3007 can again been seen on the second to last train from Tonsely, the 16:16 service to Adelaide.
Like the Northfield thread, I think we may need to pad this one out again although I only have another page worth of photos that need to be put up.