Last week followed the Navarre line from Ben Nevis. We didn't actually find the ROW until we asked a couple of cockies in Landsborough, their reply "it used t go through Landsborough West, bout 5 k's down the road". They also told us how to find it in Navarre. We then headed North West until we found ourselves driving along the old ROW near Tulkara. Very few remains are in evidence, just the odd earth ramp and a wooden raod bridge on the road that followed in same reservation etc.
At Navarre the remains of the loco servicing trestles exist, along with original pit of a cart weighbridge on the western side of the yard. A high level water tank has been constructed and remains of a grain dump are in evidence. A new weighbridge has been built and looks to be still in use, it uses some plates from the deck of the original as a platform to stand on. A sign mentioned a silo but none are now located there. I also found foundations of the old buildings, a goods loading ramp and some rusting ship's ballast tanks, perhaps a railway water supply at some time?
Now a few questions:
Has anyone travelled this line by rail?
Were trains worked from Ararat, Marayborough or did they just work from Ben Nevis?
Does anyone have the diagrams for this yard or the others on the line (inc. Ben Nevis) or do they appear in some readily available publication? Or perhaps some pictures? I would be most greatful to receive some by reply or PM.
Happy railway digging!