Does Oaklands have much of a station these days? Could the passengers disembark there?
Well it did have in 1973 when I was there.
In fact the station building (NSWGR A4 type by the looks of it) as well as the other yard buildings gave it very much a NSW look and feel to the place.
The third rail was a bit of a give-away that VR could visit, but not on the day I was there, as NSW had tied the place up with two trains in town!
Who would have thought when I took these shots that 40 years later a standard gauge 620/720 from the Victorian side would be the only way to get there by rail![img]http://farm4.staticflickr.com/3729/9072690678_cd0607b6c6.jpg[/img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/cross-wire/9072690678/
When we arrived on CPH1, we pulled into the platfrom and stopped just short of the 48 and van, where the relief crew (that had travelled out with us on the CPH) changed places and the crew being relieved, took their break.[img]http://farm8.staticflickr.com/7290/9070457913_7d64463180.jpg[/img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/cross-wire/9070457913/
CPH1 then retreated into a short SG siding and allowed the 48 advance up the platform ready for departure and gave me the opportunity to get a shot of some mixed gauge trackwork.[img]http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2852/9070463611_a28cf2e031.jpg[/img]http://www.flickr.com/photos/cross-wire/9070463611/
CPH1 then came back into the platform (allowing me to get a better photo next to the station building)
Apart from the third rail, there is nothing that suggests any VR influence on this outpost.