Ashburton Siding

 
  bomberswarm2 Locomotive Driver

When was the last time a train was stabled here? Seeing as there is no fence, anyone could cause mass damage to the train.

As that is the only siding on the track, how does Alamein line work? Do trains there run down first, or express to Ashburton/Alamein from Camberwell?

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  jdekorte Deputy Commissioner

Location: Near Caulfield Station
I'm a bit fuzzy on dates but I believe that siding, while electrified, has not hosted a suburban train since the mid 90's when a train was severely damaged by fire. I do remember seeing a suburban set stabled in that location.  But after a few similar incidents around the network, most single sidings were dismantled and trains are now stabled in large multi track locations that can be safely secured - hence the razor wire, lights, CCTV that secure sidings.

I'd imagine the Ashburton siding is now only used to host work trains.  Since in recent years the whole of the Alamein line has been upgraded with concrete sleepers & new signalling, that siding was probably in regular use to host work trains.

All trains that use the Alamein line are probably stabled at Camberwell which is a secure location.  Alamein trains, if you look at the timetable, all stop all stations - there are no expresses.  After the morning peak when Alamein trains run to the city, some down trains turn back at Riversdale and head back up to the Camberwell sidings.  Most of the trains on the Alamein line run as off-peak three car shuttles.
  GvhftrKijl Locomotive Driver

Location: ERD
Officially, the siding at Ashburton is still considered to be a stabling location for EMUs, but in emergencies only.

Burnley (on the up side off the Down Burnley Local), and Mitcham (pre-Grade Separation) fall into the same category.
  hot-axle-box Junior Train Controller

Two trains a day run as empty cars. no signalling has changed since they resleepered except Riversdale, with a few changes to the tram square.
  bomberswarm2 Locomotive Driver

Are there any photos of trains in this siding?
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
According to the "Works" section of NEWSRAIL, February 2016, the siding was booked out of service in 2015.  Presumably this means that not even works trains or track maintenance vehicles can use it now?  Does it also mean that the points should be spiked or otherwise disabled, and if so has this been done?   From pictures I could find (all without a train in there, alas), the signal post appears to have a low speed caution light, which would have been used to control entry to the siding;  should this also be removed?
  hot-axle-box Junior Train Controller

According to the "Works" section of NEWSRAIL, February 2016, the siding was booked out of service in 2015.  Presumably this means that not even works trains or track maintenance vehicles can use it now?  Does it also mean that the points should be spiked or otherwise disabled, and if so has this been done?   From pictures I could find (all without a train in there, alas), the signal post appears to have a low speed caution light, which would have been used to control entry to the siding;  should this also be removed?
"Lad_Porter"

It's booked out so a point clip would be in place and the switch for the points sleeved. Also everyone qualified to run the panel
would know it can't be used. As for removing the low speed light why would you do that ? not only does it signal a train into the
siding it can be used for the up line if you have a track circuit failure.
  james_treins Beginner

I'm building a model of Ashburton as it was in the early 1900's and I was wondering, was the siding always a stabling siding or did it have any other uses in the past?
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
I walked to Ashburton Primary School from 1946 to 1951 inclusive. I crossed the railway at the down end of Ashburton station. On two occasions, there was great excitement due to a works train in the siding with an oil burning A2 on the business end.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

there were three track maintenance machines in the siding just a few days ago.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I'm building a model of Ashburton as it was in the early 1900's and I was wondering, was the siding always a stabling siding or did it have any other uses in the past?
james_treins
The stabling siding at Ashburton, as we know it today, was not provided until 1947. In the early 1900s the was a run-round loop, and a goods siding on the other (western) side of the then single track railway.  Do you have the book "The Outer Circle"? It's out of print, but you may be able to find it at a library.
  574M White Guru

Location: Shepparton
The siding is of odd length. It regularly stabled a two car train, plus a seven car train, and a D car off the Sunday service. The D car - depending which way it was facing, was either stabled in that siding or pushed off to end of the platform at Alamein.

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