Does anyone know where abouts was the cement siding at Albion/Sunshine?
Back in 1985 I was a signalman at sunshine signal box and the Tottenham Pilot would shunt at Sunshine then make its way into B siding which was just past the box on the left hand side on the Bendigo line .The Totty pilot usually a Y class would run the full length of B siding to Albion . I cant say at that time if it took grain wagons to Albion but they would only of been G Y s .Cement was regularly hauled to the overhead cement discharge hopper at Albion Reid . ARC wire products received inward loading every couple of weeks ,easy to spot as you could look down out of the signal box at the loading rolls and rolls of wireWow - thank you David! Love to hear more stories about Sunshine from the signal mans viewpoint as I grew up in Sunshine but was too young to see any of these shunts as I was in primary school.
John Darling has not been operational for many years .With John Darling and Sons - were the GYs loaded there with grain from the silos or were the GYs unloaded their grain into the silos ?
John Darling & Sons is (was?) a very large flour mill, so grain was delivered to the siding.
Thanks Niel!Okay, I'll try again as RP lost my first response.
So coming from Totty yard into B Siding, I presume before crossing Anderson Rd, the engine would come off and run round to be at the front of the rake then the Y Class would push the rake back into the Darliing and Sons siding?
1. What if there were empties to be collected to return them to Totty yard or as mentioned, the ARC siding also had to be shunted?
2 .With ARC siding, was the pilot waiting for the cement hopper to be emptied out or was it left there to be picked up the next day?
Thanks and Regards
Hi NielThis is one I'm not definite about, so if Bill, David or others know for certain then they can correct me, but I reckon the GEB sidings would have been shunted by pilots when loading was light. However, if the loading was sufficient enough then I think that a whole train would have been run into the sidings, as happens with the SSR loading for the Kensington mill. I have a vague feeling that I worked the GEB siding at some point, on a pilot, but I'll have to dig to see if I noted that down, before I can say that for certain.
I really enjoy reading about the working around the Sunshine area. I grew up there but missed seeing the Pilots working the Albion sidings as I was too young and at primary school.
Also very interesting to read about the trains coming into totty then some wagons being marshalled out to the various industries. Do you know where the Cement wagons came from for the Boral siding. Did these come from Geelong?
The GEB siding - was this also part of the pilots duties?
Yes, I will be interested in the signals diagram. If you can make them available that will be good.