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?
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?
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?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.