North Fitzroy Station

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AclassGunzel Deputy Commissioner

Found some pics I took of the former North Fitzroy station back in 1988

- prior to both up and down platforms being removed in the early 90's:

A pity it has all been removed, especially the old station building which was similar in style to North Carlton.

 
Nightfire Chief Commissioner

Location: Gippsland

No wonder the platforms were removed the place looks like a war zone or Is that a rubbish tip.

 
NR77 Chief Commissioner

Nice pics AclassGunzel, well done on recording that bit of history. I have walked the railtrail between Royal Park and Rushall before, but I haven't walked to Fitzroy yet. So there is nothing left to see there?

 
AclassGunzel Deputy Commissioner

Not much left of the Fitzroy branch apart from tracks still visible at some level crossings. From what I've seen North Fitzroy (and North Carlton) were left to rot after passenger services ceased in 1948.

 
Metro Transit Minister for Railways

Location: Error.

If you have an eye for detail, you can still see some of the platform mounds and other bits and pieces, with ripping up railways, its like going to the toilet, you can never wipe enough away. lol Gross I know, got that from CSI regarding the cleaning up of blood. lol.

Metro.

 
Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned

OK.  Remind me not to stand downwind of you.

There's a whole school of thought and detection methods on finding stations from looking for pine trees and peppercorns to looking at plans...

 
AclassGunzel Deputy Commissioner

Pine trees and peppercorns seem to be a dead give away for locating old stations I've noticed. There is still a few remains like building foundations on the platform and ruins of bluestone where the entrance was located. What I would like to see is more pictures of the station prior to 1948. Can't find much.

 
Metro Transit Minister for Railways

Location: Error.

Pine trees and peppercorns seem to be a dead give away for locating old stations I've noticed. There is still a few remains like building foundations on the platform and ruins of bluestone where the entrance was located. What I would like to see is more pictures of the station prior to 1948. Can't find much.

- AclassGunzel



Often a concrete slab on a mound gives it away too. but there are always heaps of things to look out for or even to find. Having a metal detector helps too to map out where you find certain things gives you an idea of the layout of the station. Dog spikes will always be found regardless of how long ago the track was ripped up.

Metro.

 
Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned

Alan Jungwirth took a lot of pictures of the line in the 1950's, but aside from that I don't think any pictures do exist; I will keep one eye out for them though.

 
penov Chief Commissioner

Location: By the shore of Bass Strait.

There are some fleeting glimpses of both stations on the video I have of "The Inner Circle Plus" which is now available on a combined DVD "Upfield Line / Inner Circle" of 90 min. ARHS/nsw Bookshop at Central Station advertise it in  Railway Digest for $36 plus P&P, presumably the Hobby Shop in Market St, Melbourne would have it in stock. The video shows two ARHS steam  trips round the Inner Circle one each way, made in late 1950s/early 1960s. Both stations had a fence on the platform around the building to indicate that it was occupied by someone or something at the time of the trips. North Carlton with the fence appears on the dust cover of the video, although I am not certain of a building on the north side platform at North Carlton as electric trains terminated at the south side platform. Which platform was UP, the one to Spencer Street or the one to Princes Bridge ? But North Fitzroy had a brick building on both platforms when I was there in 1943 BLTA ( bloody long time ago).

North Fitzroy appeared to be a two chimney similar brick building of late 1880 vintage similar to the recycled building at North Carlton.

 
AclassGunzel Deputy Commissioner

Yeh from what I've seen North Fitzroy (also in that DVD which is excellent btw) was almost identical to North Carlton, part of the 'Maldon' style of building built in the 1880's. Clifton Hill, Maldon, Jewell, Brunswick, Moreland and Coburg are also the same in design. I think Moonee Ponds is quite similar too....are there any others?

 
574M - Moderator White Guru

Location: Shepparton

OK.  Remind me not to stand downwind of you.

There's a whole school of thought and detection methods on finding stations from looking for pine trees and peppercorns to looking at plans...

- Deep Throat

Pine trees definitely ring a bell with location of former stations.

Peppercorns are a new one to me. Got any examples?

 
Sir Thomas Bent Minister for Railways

Location: Banned

Anywhere north of the Great Dividing Range and a lot of places south of it.

 
AclassGunzel Deputy Commissioner

The peppercorn trees are apparently a pest with councils trying to clean them up. They spread like wildfire and kill native fauna. From what I've read, they are from South America and were popular here in the late 19th Century.

 
Melbournesparks Chief Commissioner

Location: City of Eltham

Peppercorns were a popular shade tree for that era because they'll grow just about anywhere, even in very dry conditions. Date palms and other cycads were commonly planted as well, and one of those all by itself is a guarantee there was once a building there.

 
Mel Deputy Commissioner

Pepper corns are pests anywhere they go, North America and Europe are also attempting to eradicate them. They are Toxic to ingest and birds often do. There is one in Brighton which is stunning and massive, but otherwise they should be replaced with dry tolerant gums. Date palms are also invasive but less so. I really don't like them as they are a haven for starlings and pest species, have extremely sharp fonds that just inflict incredibly painful spikings and stepping on them is no better than stepping on a rabbit trap.

 
wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The birthplace of Street's Ice Cream

AclassGunzel, google the name Richard Felstead. Mr. Felstead took some interesting photos back in the 60s of various places, including IIRC a very intact North Fitzroy station.

You might also try searching the Railpage membership list, I think he may have been a member here for a time.

 
AclassGunzel Deputy Commissioner

thx wurx, yeh an excellent site Richard has online. Although I think the pic you mentioned may be of North Carlton.

 
scrat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Fitzroy North

I took some photos of North Fitzroy Station on my way home from work today, in case anyone is interested in how it looks an odd 60 years after its last passenger service.

Looking west from Rae St

Looking at the blue stones wongm was referring to

Looking east from Nicholson St

Note that the bicycle path now runs over what i assume was the southern platform.

Liam.

 
wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The birthplace of Street's Ice Cream

thx wurx, yeh an excellent site Richard has online. Although I think the pic you mentioned may be of North Carlton.

- AclassGunzel



It might have been, too - it's been a long time since I looked at those pix.

 

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