An easy puzzle

 
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
Knowing how fond the folk on this forum are for a vigorous discussion, I would like to pose a question.

Can anyone confirm that this photo shows the remains of a railway station?
I'm guessing that the name sign is in the foreground, a phone/signal cabin? next, with the shelter in the background?

Sorry I can't disclose the location yet, it will be revealed in an article I'm writing soon.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/touring123/13529858945/

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  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
Going by what can be seen it appears to be, it could be the remains of a stopping place more than an actual station though. The SAR had numerous places that were decreed to be stopping places some only consisted of a bit of gravel next to the track and a name board. Others were a bit more elaborate though.

The round cream coloured thing is a SAR train control phone box used for getting in touch with train control by crews on trains before two way radio and mobile phones etc came in. The building at the back might be either a waiting shed or what was called a "Out of shed". This shed if an Out of shed was used to place small goods consignments that were forwarded in a out of car usually a DWf that was the first car on the train. The goods would be left in the shed and collected later by the person they were consigned to.
  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
Knowing how fond the folk on this forum are for a vigorous discussion, I would like to pose a question.

Can anyone confirm that this photo shows the remains of a railway station?
I'm guessing that the name sign is in the foreground, a phone/signal cabin? next, with the shelter in the background?

Sorry I can't disclose the location yet, it will be revealed in an article I'm writing soon.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/touring123/13529858945/
touring

It's a typical SAR call box if I'm not mistaken. The peeling paint on the roof behind is also very familiar, both in colour and condition in the latter days of the system. I'd guess a passing siding e.g. at Long Gully after it ceased to be attended by a signalman, or the siding in the middle of nowhere between Nairne and Callington, as it looks to be in a relatively high rainfall location.
  Top Cat Assistant Commissioner

Location: Under Hilton Bridge
The galv painted iron and timber structure is a typical Train Control Telephone box - many being replaced by the concrete versions in the foreground......I notice NRM has just installed one at their Woodville station - which came from Avon.......many locations north and south had these TC Phone Boxes....8)
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
Ah thank you all.

Good detective work SAR526, but it's much further from Adelaide - my working title is Lost Stations of the Limestone Coast...
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Wandilo?
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
Nup
  SAR520SMBH Train Controller

Is it Coonawarra?
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
Nup.
Although that's on the list.
Only one more guess will be answered Smile
  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
Nup.
Although that's on the list.
Only one more guess will be answered Smile
touring

Glencoe? The terminus of a true fencing wire narrow gauge branch line.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Brian.

Like you I think Glencoe but a Google maps street search did not show up anywhere like that in the vicinity of where the station could be. Was there even a phone line out to Glencoe? I think that line was worked by train record book.

My first guess was somewhere like Whyte Yarcowie except the name board is too short and we were told it was South East. Note the young Aleppo pine in the back ground. The number of posts around the corrugated iron building suggest it housed the staff machines so Glencoe would be out of the question.

Ian
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
Hmm. I had never even heard of the place, and had to Google its location.
Sorry, no - but you aren't a million miles away.

No more guesses will be acknowledged - I'm sure you would prefer me to get to work sorting the farrago of photos and putting the article together.
I think I should be able to conjure up images of eight stations.
  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
Hmm. I had never even heard of the place, and had to Google its location.
Sorry, no - but you aren't a million miles away.

No more guesses will be acknowledged - I'm sure you would prefer me to get to work sorting the farrago of photos and putting the article together.
I think I should be able to conjure up images of eight stations.
touring

You apparently don't know of Ronald Stewien's ONE RUSTY RAIL, a comprehensive and very well illustrated book about the SAR South Eastern Division, and the conversion of most of it to broad gauge. Glencoe, a very basic line with primitive points (switches) with butt ends which swivelled between tracks, and rails which were too light ('fencing wire') to carry any locomotive heavier than a Y class at low speed, and the Beachport line from Millicent onwards were not converted. Glencoe carried Pinus Radiata plantation timber and cheese to Mount Gambier, and Beachport was the seaport for that town in its early days, but had long been redundant.
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
Thanks SAR256, you're right - no I didn't!
But thanks for the brief history.
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
While we wait for my editor to publish my article, another question for you experts.

Apparently the railway from Naracoorte to Beachport largely followed the alignment of today's road.
As you leave Beachport there is a fairly solid bridge (near the road bridge) over a river bed.

Does it look like it was originally a railway bridge? It looks ridiculously over engineered for a pedestrian bridge.

https://www.flickr.com/photos/touring123/13557078155/
  nm39 Chief Commissioner

Location: By a road taking pictures
The structure looks more like a lock or barrage. The overhead beam for a hoist and the gaps for the lock gates give this impression.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

The structure looks more like a lock or barrage. The overhead beam for a hoist and the gaps for the lock gates give this impression.
nm39

I'm with nm39 on that one, the slots for the stop logs are quite visible together with the beam for lifting them out. Lods can even be seen at sand level

Such a bridge on the Beachport line would have been cast iron screw piles with wrought iron beams and bracing similar to the one which appears in a photo in One Rusty Rail with Brill RMC crossing it with the BG bridge being built beside it.

Touring, is that last photo actually Glencoe?

Ian
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
No steam4ian, it was taken about a kilometre outside Beachport.
Dave
  SAR526 Chief Train Controller

Location: Adelaide, South Australia.
Apparently the railway from Naracoorte to Beachport largely followed the alignment of today's road.
As you leave Beachport there is a fairly solid bridge (near the road bridge) over a river bed.
touring

The branch line from Naracoorte led to Kingston SE (there's another S.A. Kingston on Murray) not Beachport. It was converted to broad gauge, while the line from Mount Gambier to Beachport was converted only to Millicent. The rest of the route was abandoned, as was that to Glencoe. There are rail relics along those lines, so your photo of a train control telephone box would have to be in the stretch between Millicent and the terminus.

The South East has an extensive system of drains to render former swamps fit for agriculture and grazing. This is a drain outlet during summer, with no flow.
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
Thanks for your explanation SAR256, I stand corrected.
Your only error was in your deduction where the mystery station lies Smile
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
I can now relieve your anxiety with the answer to the question of the mystery station:
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  loco958 Station Master

Tantanoola....out near then old original Kimberly Clark plant.

Right in the middle of the old....and what was then the new.
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
I'm afraid it was Snuggery...
  fabricator Chief Commissioner

Location: Gawler
Wonder what caused the Snuggery Station buildings to subside like that. A sign the back platform wall has collapsed ?
  touring Junior Train Controller

Location: Adelaide
Yes, the subsidence was very noticeable.
Unfortunately the vegetation was very thick along the railway line and prevented access, and the only clear view I could get was from Balls Rd looking directly west across a ploughed paddock. There was no easy way to get a better view without trespassing.

It was also a little curious that only one rail of each line was visible.

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