Open Grain Silos, no active railway

 
  beanzs27 Assistant Commissioner

I know in Victoria there are a few silos still in operation but with no rail access anymore, like at East Natimuk and west of Mildura.

I'm wondering in South Australia where there is not many branch lines left open at all, are there any silos still open with no rail access anymore?

Apart from Eyrie Peninsula the only open branch line I can thing of is the Penrice (sic) train to the mine in the Barossa valley and the line to Pinaroo and South of Loxton. Are there anymore?

Thank you Joel from Victoria

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  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
The Penrice line is "out of use", the only loading was limestone to Penrice Soda Products at Osborne, which has ceased with the closure of PSP's plant at Osborne.

There is a major Grain storage complex at Roseworthy (North of Gawler), it lays at the junction of two closed lines. Grain has been trucked out for a number of years (it's only about 60mins by road to Port Adelaide and Outer Harbor Export Grain Terminals)
  beanzs27 Assistant Commissioner

So no trains now go passed Gawler central at all now?
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
So no trains now go passed Gawler central at all now?
"beanzs27"


Gawler Central is on the line to the Barossa. No freight beyond there and no freight beyond Gawler to Roseworthy for a number of years
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
There are a number of silos never served by rail: Tumby Bay, Kingscote and Giles Point come to mind.

No longer served by rail include Bute, Paskeville, Burra, Roseworthy, Kapunda, Eudunda in the north, Kappinie on Eyre Peninsula, Wunkar in the mallee.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Are the Ardrossan silos still open?
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Adding to the list

Andrews, Hallett, Farrell Flat, Saddleworth, Tarlee, Hamley Bridge, Roberts Town, Cambrai, Stockwell, Appamurra, Balaclava, Owen, Hoyleton, Blyth, Yacka, Brinkworth, Gulnare, Wirrabara, Boolaroo Centre, Melrose, Wilmington, Quorn, Orroroo, Waikerie, Taldra, Meribah, Copeville, Kulkanni, Peebinga, Bute, Paskeville, Kingston SE.

And those I miss you'll surely pardon.
  AN830 Locomotive Driver

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Are the Ardrossan silos still open?
duttonbay


Yes and Road Trains are permitted to operate between Ardrossan and Port Giles.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Adding to the list

Andrews, Hallett, Farrell Flat, Saddleworth, Tarlee, Hamley Bridge, Roberts Town, Cambrai, Stockwell, Appamurra, Balaclava, Owen, Hoyleton, Blyth, Yacka, Brinkworth, Gulnare, Wirrabara, Boolaroo Centre, Melrose, Wilmington, Quorn, Orroroo, Waikerie, Taldra, Meribah, Copeville, Kulkanni, Peebinga, Bute, Paskeville, Kingston SE.

And those I miss you'll surely pardon.
steam4ian

I think you'll find quite a few of those are no longer open.
  pjknife Assistant Commissioner

Location: Port Lincoln
On Eyre Peninsula, Kapinnie, Buckleboo and Penong silos are on closed (or 'service suspended') lines. Yaninee, Minnipa, Poochera, Cungena, Wirrulla and Nunjikompita still see irregular light engine movements, but are no longer rail-served. Depending on seasonal conditions, some silos don't open every year.

Cowell, Arno Bay, Tumby Bay, Mangalo, Elliston, Witera, Streaky Bay and Pintumba silos have never been rail-served.

Cheers,
Peter
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Adding to the list

Andrews, Hallett, Farrell Flat, Saddleworth, Tarlee, Hamley Bridge, Roberts Town, Cambrai, Stockwell, Appamurra, Balaclava, Owen, Hoyleton, Blyth, Yacka, Brinkworth, Gulnare, Wirrabara, Boolaroo Centre, Melrose, Wilmington, Quorn, Orroroo, Waikerie, Taldra, Meribah, Copeville, Kulkanni, Peebinga, Bute, Paskeville, Kingston SE.

And those I miss you'll surely pardon.
"steam4ian"


A few more in the "once rail served" category (unsure if still open)
Naracoorte, Frances in the upper South East
Also Padthaway but this was never rail served
  witsend Chief Commissioner

Location: Front RH Seat of a School Bus
Don't forget Wallaroo, and Wallaroo is an export port.
  rhino Chief Commissioner

Location: Oakbonk SA
As I recall, there is a major grain transfer facility at Frances, but as we all know there has been no rail service there since the standard gauge went through on the mainline.
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
Don't forget Wallaroo, and Wallaroo is an export port.
witsend

...that today serves only a small area that previously had rail access.

If SACBH had it way in the day there wouldn't even be grain exported from Wallaroo now, similar to Port Pirie.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
...that today serves only a small area that previously had rail access.

If SACBH had it way in the day there wouldn't even be grain exported from Wallaroo now, similar to Port Pirie.
"bingley hall"

Wallaroo is not classified as a deep water Port and can't handle the larger style bulk carriers
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
Wallaroo is not classified as a deep water Port and can't handle the larger style bulk carriers
Pressman


what was the reason wallaroo rail was disconnected?  are any goods exported through that port including grain?
  bingley hall Minister for Railways

Location: Last train to Skaville
what was the reason wallaroo rail was disconnected? are any goods exported through that port including grain?
JimYarin

The only other major user of the port was the fertiliser plant which is now closed.

The strategy of the bulk handling authority was to direct grain exports away from Wallaroo to Port Adelaide. The railway saw less and less use and became uneconomic (although short line style operation could possibly have saved it). As said before grain into Wallaroo mainly comes from previously non rail served areas.

The expanded facilities at Snowtown also drew some volume away from the only silo on the line at Bute.

That's the simple answer - lot more to it than that.
  witsend Chief Commissioner

Location: Front RH Seat of a School Bus
Lastly, Standard Gauge never made it down to the Silos, so they were only serviced by the BG.
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
Back in the early 1970s the deep water ports as far as the Department for Marine and Harbors was concerned were, from west to east, Thevenard, Port Lincoln, Whyalla, Port Pirie, Wallaroo, Edithburg,  Farquar, Ardrossan, and Port Adelaide.

Edithburg was a bit of a long shot and where the hell was Farquar?      

Since then Farquar (Wool Bay) has been replaced by Klein Point, and Port Giles has been built.

Increasing ship size has made ports like Wallaroo marginal.

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