Photos: Cooma Monaro Railway - 6/6/09

 
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

Hi all

Firstly, it has been some months since I've posted a heap of railway photos. Having my first day off in a long time, I have taken time to sort them all and upload them to cyberspace for your enjoyment! First begins my recent June Long Weekend adventure to the Monaro region of NSW.


I spent last Saturday over the June Long Weekend at the Cooma Monaro Railway. This was my first visit, and overall, had an excellent time!

Cooma Monaro Railway, operate vintage former NSWGR CPH Railmotors, predominant with many NSW heritage railways, and operates on a leased section of the former Snowy Mountains Branchline, between Cooma and Chakola, about 17km North of Cooma.

During my visit, I was later joined by fellow users Raichase and Xplorer2501, so I anticipate their photos will also be posted in due course.


Rightio, now the photos!


Cooma Depot and Workshop - Morning











Cooma Station, Signal Box and Yard surrounds











Former Cooma Barracks




View from the room I was staying in

Former Cooma DLE's Office



Run to Chakola










Kangaroos!

Chakola








Complimentary Tea and Coffee upon arrival, served by Driver Tracey Lawrence

Return Run back to Cooma




(Note the local waving!)





Cooma Depot and Workshop - Afternoon






Overview of Cooma



Night Photography Session at the Depot

Myself and Raichase had partaken in a night time photography session with the stabled railmotors in Cooma depot, with the aid of a spare workshop light and produced the following results








Especially for the photographer types here, the railway, its yard and route, as well as its location provides many photogenic features to satisfy all who visit. More importantly, the members and the society as a whole are very welcoming and hospitable, and made our visit more so the better!  

In conclusion, Cooma Monaro Railway is an awesome tourist railway and is highly recommended for all to make a visit! For more information, visit: http://www.cmrailway.org.au/ for operating dates and times.


Many thanks to CMR Members Peter and Tracey Lawrence for their company over the weekend, and CMR Secretary/Operations Manager John Wynes for his welcoming hospitality throughout our visit.

Enjoy! Very Happy

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  wongm GEEWONG

Location: Geelong, Victoria
I notice the shed has a fire sprinkler system up at roof level.

What is up with the short platform still in use, do they date back to when revenue services ran on the line? And how come one of the stations has a 2 metre long island platform in the middle of nowhere?
  worldtraveller Locomotive Driver

Tis Bunyan and allows for crosses on the Chakola - Cooma section should the need arise.

A small platform also exists at Snowy Junction near the Cooma railcourse.

Was the busiest line in the State in the 50's when the Snowy scheme was being built.
  anzac1959 Chief Commissioner

[quote="wongm"]I notice the shed has a fire sprinkler system up at roof level.quote]

I think its orange electrical conduit
  exarmidale Train Controller

[quote="anzac1959"][quote="wongm"]I notice the shed has a fire sprinkler system up at roof level.quote]

I think its orange electrical conduit[/quote]

Look very closely. There is "SIGNAL RED" painted pipework throughout attached to the bottom chords of the roof trusses which feed the sprinkler heads.

An even closer look will reveal the grey PVC condiut that goes to the light fittings.

1st photo does appear to have an orange conduit approx 50mm in diameter attached to top of the trusses running lengthways through the shed. The 5th photo confirms that it is red and feeds the sprinkler branches.

The light fitting is not fed from this for obvious reasons.
  KAVRAIL Banned

Location: Banned
Great work fellas, some awesome pics there, and a big thumbs up to CMR.
Pity the line cannot be opened all the way back to Queanbeyan though.
  Raichase Captain Rant!

Location: Sydney, NSW
And how come one of the stations has a 2 metre long island platform in the middle of nowhere?
"wongm"


This was the original site of Bunyan Station, but the society had to completely rebuild it - it's a dual track setup, to allow for two railmotors to use the line at the same time. The first train pulls into the siding and then passes the staff to the Railmotor coming in from/going to Chakola.
  HMC1989 Chief Commissioner

Location: Behind a desk.
Great pics Maikha. Well Done
I love this area. My Nan used to live across the road from the sale yards to the south of the station on Baron St.
Never will forget when I was a young tacker seeing a 48 with a short goods heading into Cooma from Bombala with snow still on the S wagons.
Cheers
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

What is up with the short platform still in use, do they date back to when revenue services ran on the line? And how come one of the stations has a 2 metre long island platform in the middle of nowhere?
"wongm"

Tis Bunyan and allows for crosses on the Chakola - Cooma section should the need arise.

A small platform also exists at Snowy Junction near the Cooma railcourse.
"worldtraveller"
I imagine you're referring to racecourse?.

As the other replies have mentioned, Bunyan and Snowy Junction were built from scratch by CMR. Snowy Junction being the former junction to the sidings that served the Snowy Mountains Hydroelectric Scheme in its building process over at Polo Flat. If my memory serves me correctly, as Snowy Junction had the sidings off the mainline, Snowy Junction was its own yard limit, as shown with the remaining Down direction landmark signal still existent.

The present small Snowy Junction platform is to serve the local racecourse on race days, with CMR operating a very profitable day of shuttles between Cooma and Snowy Junction, as details on their website: http://www.cmrailway.org.au/othercmr.htm
and here
http://www.cmrailway.org.au/The%20Big%20Weekend.htm

I notice the shed has a fire sprinkler system up at roof level
"wongm"


I think its orange electrical conduit
"anzac1959"
Look very closely. There is "SIGNAL RED" painted pipework throughout attached to the bottom chords of the roof trusses which feed the sprinkler heads.

An even closer look will reveal the grey PVC condiut that goes to the light fittings.

1st photo does appear to have an orange conduit approx 50mm in diameter attached to top of the trusses running lengthways through the shed. The 5th photo confirms that it is red and feeds the sprinkler branches.

The light fitting is not fed from this for obvious reasons.
"exarmidale"
Fire Sprinkler it is

Great work fellas, some awesome pics there, and a big thumbs up to CMR.
Pity the line cannot be opened all the way back to Queanbeyan though.
"KAVRAIL"
Thanks KAV!

As for the line operating to Queanbeyan, it was a recurring theme throughout the weekend, what a spectacular line this was in its operating heyday. However, as the one of the CMR Board Members quoted to Raichase and I, it would be something in excess of $70million, with all the bridges to bypass the highway. Obviously a rough ballpark, but wouldn't surprise me otherwise!

Great pics Maikha. Well Done
I love this area. My Nan used to live across the road from the sale yards to the south of the station on Baron St.
Never will forget when I was a young tacker seeing a 48 with a short goods heading into Cooma from Bombala with snow still on the S wagons.
Cheers
"HMC1989"
Thanks HMC!

Someone offline (Many thanks mate!) recently sent me photos of Cooma in the late 80s of a winter, and definitely would have been magic to say the least. It amazed me that the photos sent to me, compared to those I took that weekend, haven't changed much!


Apart from that, thanks for the feedback all, but most importantly, do take the time one day to head down there for a visit and ride. We definitely had a great time! Smile
  Brian 2009 Chief Commissioner

Location: N.S.W.
Maikha Ly,

Great Photos.
Thanks so much for posting them for us all to peruse.
Regards,
Brian Leedham.
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

Thanks Brian!


Just out of curiousity, does anyone have a listing of regularly operating CPHs that frequented the Bombala line? Thanks!
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

Pardon me for bumping this thread back up, rather than create a new one....

Could anybody help with the query above. Thanks!

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