Old cement siding at Albion?

 
  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
Probably the VR overalls made them think they were in trouble! Funny how people like to wave at rail employees when they are at a safe distance but a lot less so when up close; personally, I wouldn't have said we were that scary!
I certainly put the wind up one young 'lad' who was leaning out the window of a Tait and turning the lights in the carriage on and off using the external control on the rear of the carriage. Since we were going through the tunnel between Heidelberg and Rosanna at the time I wasn't impressed, especially since I was on my way home. Still in my overalls, I went over and asked him to stop and all he saw as he turned to face me was the VR logo across the top of the bib. He did as I asked, for some reason; at least while I was still on the train.

Neil

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  ngarner Deputy Commissioner

Location: Seville
This thread has gone a little quiet but in searching for some very specific information I came across a Metropolitan Working Timetable from November 1974 on VictorianRailways.net, which lists all of the Pilots that worked out of Tottenham at that time P1 through to P13. This fills in a gap in what has been posted on this thread about the different Pilots. The page probably won't come up automatically but scroll to P377 for the info.

Metro WTT

Neil
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale Wharf
This thread has gone a little quiet but in searching for some very specific information I came across a Metropolitan Working Timetable from November 1974 on VictorianRailways.net, which lists all of the Pilots that worked out of Tottenham at that time P1 through to P13. This fills in a gap in what has been posted on this thread about the different Pilots. The page probably won't come up automatically but scroll to P377 for the info.

Metro WTT

Neil
ngarner
When I was lucky enough to be working at Sunshine Box the only pilot that still retained the P classification was the P2  pilot that ran from Tottenham yard to sunshine to B siding. From there it shunted the Albion silos  at the end of B siding it then ran to the Grain siding on the Newport line which was still at sunshine then  P2 returned to tottenham. Other regular pilots may have been given the "P "classification in earlier years but in my time at sunshine we used to call the pilots by their destination such as the Standard Gauge from  Pilot to McIntyre Loop,;   Pilot to Sunshine C siding, Massey Ferguson and to B siding, ARC wire siding ;Pilot to Ardeer ACI Explosives ;Deer Park Ballast to quarry at Deer Park ;
Dave
  david harvey Chief Train Controller

Location: Bairnsdale Wharf
After working at Sunshine for many years I had grown fond of all aspect of that location. Like most enthusiasts they seen to have a favorite location or locomotive,  one of mine was Sunshine.    I was very disappointed with the Regional Fast Rail project (RFR) that came to Sunshine, not with the concept because by all means the country rail service needed a decent injection of cash and updating. After all the Victorian Government need not purchased a fleet of Velocity railcars as they could have ran buses instead, hang on that’s what happens now. Back to B Siding, it appears to me that some bright young planner and designer didn’t look at the big picture as B siding could have been put to work in a different way. As my plan was to re-route the Ballarat Line.


The RFR lines should have paralleled the Bendigo line all the way to Albion then after passing around the rear of the former ARC siding swung left in a north westerly direction travelling through  open paddocks till the line meets the Western Ring Road. The RFR would then turned left and parallel the Western Ring Road crossing over the Koroit Creek the swinging South then West as the RFR line begins to approach the Ballarat Line .This new alinement travels through the former land that had the demolished ACI chemical plant. The new joins the former Ballarat line prior to Deer Park station. ------------------------                        BENIFITS;---5 kilometres of track between Sunshine and Deer Park are removed ; -------------------------  The track would Not have to be lower at the Anderson Street crossing because the track is removed .    The 40 kilometre per hour curve leaving Sunshine on the Ballart line is abolished ; -------------------------------------------.Disadvantages;  This new alinement is longer than the old track  but I,m not paying for it.  

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