In its heyday there was many trains which had to battle the steep grades that were prevalent on the line and bank engines were needed on the line to assist trains over the section.
I was lucky enough to travel along the line on one of the regular inspections of the line with the Supervisor of Perway Group of the NSWRTM.
I was shown various points of interest such as deviations on the line which I may post information about at a later date but one that really caught my attention was the Bank Engine Siding call Birralung.
Birralung was used to refuge Bank Engines returning to Picton from the south and to assist with not blocking trains, consisting of a single dead end the track was removed many years ago and the bush has regrown over the formation.
So I present some photographs of the site of Birralung Siding with relevant information.
Birralung was located close to the Saddleback Cutting which is the deepest cutting on the Loopline...Note the left hand rail has a slight kink in it and was the location of the points for Birralung Siding
Looking Towards the Loopline from the formation of Birralung Siding
Coal found on the former formation of Birralung Siding