Your favourite rail archaeology photos

 
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Just thought I'd start a thread for those of us who like to photograph the lost world of the closed railway lines.
Post the photos that convey what you like most (or miss most) about abandoned lines and stations.

Here's a few from Gilmore on the Tumut line in NSW.  Closed in 1984.






Take it away - I'll post some more as I dig them out and put them in the 'bucket.

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  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
I didn't take this one, a contributor to Ozroads did. But it's within easy reach at the moment and sums it up perfectly  Very Happy

The Bombala Branch (mothballed 1986) and the old Monaro Highway (bypassed 1968) running side-by-side about 5km south of Nimmitabel.

  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
From SA:

The still in use track at Hamley Bridge taken 6 months before train stopped trundling through there all together


The heavily overgrown yard at Manoora, 2 years after last train.


7 years after last train here at Hanson. (12kms from Burra on the Barrier Highway)
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.

The Byrock railway yards out of use since the early 80s. The loading gauge for wagons loaded with wool bales frames the water tower.

Edited on 17/12/07 to add that Byrock is in NSW on the service suspended Nyngan to Bourke line and junction for the service suspended Byrock to Brewarrina line.
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper

The Byrock railway yards out of use since the early 80s. The loading gauge for wagons loaded with wool bales frames the water tower.
"GrahamH"


I briefly thought that it was an overhead mast till I realised where it was.

Anyway great photo Graham.
  2001 The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
Keep the photos rolling in guys ... but remember this - indicate the State from which the locations are !!!

For example, most know in which states Bendigo and Newcastle are, but I'm sure there would be a few pondering the whereabouts of Hanson * !!!


* It's in the north of SA
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Here's another favourite spot - Hazelgrove on the short Tarana-Oberon line (NSW near Bathurst) which closed in 1979.  This pine tree must have sprouted between the tracks of the loop the next day.  There's another stump just as big beyond this.



With the restoration of this line in progress the photos will become even more historic although I hope they leave this tree.
  GrahamH Chief Commissioner

Location: At a terminal on the www.

The standpipe at the Brisbane end of Kagaru, Qld (on the SG approx 60Km south from Acacia Ridge) There was previously a crossing loop here The standpipe is located between the main and former loop. A similar arrangement is at the other end of the former loop. I am guessing that the tank on the hill was the supply for the standpipes. More info please.
  Syd3642 Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney
Here are some of my favourite ones Very Happy

Looking inside Old Helensburgh No.3 Tunnel



South Portal of the Otford Tunnel



Fassifern - Toronto



Fassifern - Toronto


  409 Minister for Railways

Here is one I took recently at Exeter between Glanville and Semaphore on the former Semaphore branch line (closed 1978). Just going to prove that not all railway archaeology has to be in the country. Any guesses which photo has been photoshopped? For more photos of the line, have a look here:
http://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11338653.htm




The class 55 railcars were the regular roster on the Glanville-Semaphore shuttle (a 5km return trip) up until 1968. Railcar no 8 has also been preserved at the NRM at Port Adelaide, just a 8 minute drive down the road.
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
These are a couple of shot I recently took of the Asquith Bridge.

This bridge, one of the largest trestle bridges built in WA, was located on the Railway Department Mill line from Banksiadale to Asquith. Timber from Banksiadale was railed to Dwellingup, the home of the Hotham Valley Tourist Railway.

The line closed around October 1963, this being one of the few bits of infrastructure left.

I'd wanted to see this bridge for years, finally got there  Very Happy



  2001 The Snow Lord

Location: The road jump at Charlotte Pass. Paxman Valenta on two planks.
I guess that bridge at Asquith has had new decking at some time since its closure ?
  TE2815 Minister for Railways

Location: Mission control Minto or Thirlmere
I may as well throw in a couple of shots from around Gundagai - NSW Razz:

Gundagai Home Signal

Gundagai Viaduct


And now North to Berrima:

Berrima Cement Works to Berrima Colliery Line Old Hume Highway crossing
  crisfitz Chief Commissioner

Location: Enroute somewhere
I guess that bridge at Asquith has had new decking at some time since its closure ?
"2001"


I believe the bridge was open to road traffic up until 2 - 3 years ago. It was redecked in the late 90's.  The bridge is now a part of the Bibbulmun walking track from Perth (Kalamunda) to Denmark.
  rhino Chief Commissioner

Location: Oakbonk SA
[quote="crisfitz"][quote="2001"]I guess that bridge at Asquith has had new decking at some time since its closure ?[/quote]

I believe the bridge was open to road traffic up until 2 - 3 years ago. It was redecked in the late 90's. The bridge is now a part of the Bibbulmun walking track [b]from Perth (Kalamunda) to Denmark.[/[/b]quote]

Shocked Wow! That's a long way! Shocked


[size=9]Oh, [i]that[/i] Denmark![/size]
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Great shots.  I love Gundagai as I used to go through there on the Tin Hare as a kid.
  409 Minister for Railways

Another photo from here in SA on the former Northfield line (closed in sections between 1987 and 1994). This one is from ontop of an abandoned searchlight signal.



If you look in the background to the right hand side, you can see GM44 - CLF5 in Dry Creek South Yard. Very overgrown considering this section was only closed in 1994.
  4426 Chief Commissioner

Location: BUSY GOING AROUND IN CIRCLES
Was one of those tracks dual gauge 409 and whats the story behind the branch was it a passenger or freight line etc....looks interesting and the trees behind look like privet which grows like anything anyway.
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
Awesome shot 409!

I was just browsing Flikr and found this photo which really spoke to me. I love it.

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C17 on the Rosewood to Marbug Branch (SEQ), late 1960s.
Photographer: Leonard Matthews.
  steamfreak Assistant Commissioner

Location: Wodonga, VIC
Here's one from my favourite line - Wodonga - Cudgewa (VIC).  One of the many trestles on the line - this is the highest.

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  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Was browsing through some photos of the Crookwell area and found a few I liked.

"No rails beyond this point" is rather appropriate at Roslyn where the Taralga line used to branch off.
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Because there are no rails on the Taralga line as evidenced here near Mt Rae.
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On the branch to Crookwell the lines are still there and there is the faintest hope that something may run on them again one day - but probably trikes at best.
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  Iain Chief Commissioner

Location: Concord, NSW
This is a sort of guess where it is type photo but it is also a photo from an on-going railway archaeology project I am working on.



At the top of the photo the line runs over another via a small bridge.
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
The "sunken" hut on the right, plus its plain & practical style of architecture makes me think Newington.
  Iain Chief Commissioner

Location: Concord, NSW
You're in the right industrial sector.
  Maikha Moderator Not a gunzel

CPH24 at Mandurama (Blayney - Demondrille branchline).


A Tin Hare in its native territory! Sadly this scene won't happen for quite a while, with the Blayney - Cowra line having been closed in July 2007.

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