All Australian Tracks Courtesy of Hairyleg

 
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

HairyLeg, Your KML shows a line North East from Resevoir Station in Melbourne's North Heading towards South Morang. I have never heard of this line and can't find any info.
It's not listed on the maps at http://www.vrhistory.com/VRMaps/ either.
Could you please tell me where you found out that this was a train line?

Liam.
"scrat"

That is the Yan Yean Tramroad, built in 1855 to carry pipes and materials for the water supply pipeline between Yan Yean Reservoir to Melbourne. It ran from Yan Yean through Reservoir, and then along St Georges Rd, Brunswick St to the city, basically at Exhibition Buildings. It was wood-railed.  After it was no longer needed and was derelict, it was suggested as a possible route for the railway to Whittlesea and Seymour.

An article appeared in Light Railways 20 - here is the map:

[bigimg]http://i164.photobucket.com/albums/u23/duttonbay/Odd%20Photos/yanyean.jpg[/bigimg]

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  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
I love this project, it's so insanely ambitious!  Shocked

People said I'd never finish my project to list details of every Australian passenger cableway and ski lift ever built. But after 2 years and 400 entries, I think it's complete!  Very Happy

I'd like to be proven wrong, see if you can add any detail to the list at: http://wikiski.com/wiki/index.php/Australian_ski_tow_directory#Ski_lifts_away_from_the_snowfields

Anyway, there are two big omissions from this list of railways and tramways that I can see; both are in Victoria.

- The timber trams north of Warburton on Mt Donna Buang including the long winch line on the north side of Cement Creek

- The aerial cableway between Healesville station and Maroondah Dam used in the 1920's to build the dam. (I can provide details of this if required)
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
"Insanely Ambitious"

I think that is a great label to attach to this project.
That might become my motto. I get all twitchy when I have run out of tracks to map. Luckily I have been working on a much improved set of QLD tracks lately, and will be releasing an update as soon as I get home from holidays. WA has also had a huge update, and Rolfe has given me a much improved set of NSW locations.
I need improvements on all the timber tramways in VIC in particular, and any help would be appreciated (any maps are a good start).

Insanely Ambitious, I like that


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  bronwyn Train Controller

Location: from Rocky to pommy land! and now I am back in the nations capital serving the public
next we need to get the timeline feature working in the kml file so we can see the development/removal of all tracks over time.

might need to color code this as some line stopped being used a long time before they were removed and you might want to show this as well. of course you would need the opening/closing/removal dates for every section of line. of course i am working on this for central queensland sections.
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
Welcome back all.

After such a long absence I have a VERY large update to provide if there are any interested people still out there.

Let me know.

HairyLeg
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Welcome back all.
After such a long absence I have a VERY large update to provide if there are any interested people still out there.
Let me know.HairyLeg
"HairyLeg"

Yes please Smile

Thanks
Peter C
QLD
  GeoffreyHansen Minister for Railways

Location: In a FAM sleeper
Yes please HairyLeg. I would be very interested.
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
I'll second that, HairyLeg Well Done

I was only saying to myself the other day, that it was (in the event that Railpage had gone forever Shocked ) as well that I'd gotten as many of your downloads as I could when I could....
  jibbonpoint Chief Commissioner

Location: Shoalhaven
Yes Hairylegs, it would be most appreciated.
  wally-wowser Junior Train Controller

Moree Line.

On a recent trip  to Moree to indulge in the warm waters we passed under a private road bridge north of Boggabri on Highway 37, on looking at  Hairy Legs  maps there is a Balloon  loop west of the  the town of Boggabri on the up side. On our return trip I saw a loaded B Double combination  sort of  truck which seemed to be loaded using the private road which  seems to go to the  afore mentioned loop. From what mine &  what is mined at this location & what  train is  used to pick up  the  rail trucks & where are they unloaded  at?


Wally
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Yes please HairyLeg. I would be very interested.
"GeoffreyHansen"


Send the new version up with the filename incremented by 1 and I will authorise the upload.

Regards
Brian
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Recently my Google Earth disappeared and I thought that if I had to reinstall it I would lose the overlays!  With no sign of RP returning I thought that might be it.
Am very interested in the new versions.  Thanks.
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
Moree Line.

On a recent trip  to Moree to indulge in the warm waters we passed under a private road bridge north of Boggabri on Highway 37, on looking at  Hairy Legs  maps there is a Balloon  loop west of the  the town of Boggabri on the up side. On our return trip I saw a loaded B Double combination  sort of  truck which seemed to be loaded using the private road which  seems to go to the  afore mentioned loop. From what mine &  what is mined at this location & what  train is  used to pick up  the  rail trucks & where are they unloaded  at?


Wally
"wally-wowser"


Wally,

The bridge is for the haul road from Boggabri coal mine to the new Boggabri balloon loop.
Trucks are loaded at the mine (in the hills to the east of the Namoi river), follow the private haul road across the Namoi and the Highway, and unload onto coal trains on the loop.

HairyLeg
  wally-wowser Junior Train Controller

Thank you  oh great hairy one.

Wally
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Will there be a newer version of alltracks coming online soon?
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
Thanks for all your encouragement.

You have all inspired me to pull my finger out and publish an update. I have just uploaded it.
It usually takes a while for it to be checked and published, but hopefully it won't be long.

HairyLeg
  Big J Deputy Commissioner

Location: In Paradise
Hairy Leg I have downloaded your file. What an achievement, you have done a fantastic job!!!!

Thankyou for spending time on this and thank you for sharing this resource with everyone it is absolutely beaut. I hope more Railpage members start to become aware of this gem.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Will there be a newer version of alltracks coming online soon?
"freightgate"


Available online

http://www.railpage.com.au/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownloaddetails&lid=351&ttitle=All_Australian_Tracks_Courtesy_of_Hairyleg_(03/06/2010)

Regards
Brian
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
I have just UPDATED my Google Earth kmz file for all Australia.
Another 8 months of additional work.

You will see a HUGE improvement to QLD, with much higher resolution for most of the state.
I have also tried to keep track of (pun intended) all postings from this site, plus all "Australian Rail History" and "Light Rail" mags.

I'm now setting a challenge for all RailPagers; find missing tracks.
Anything that we are missing from this collection, tram lines, spurs, industrial sidings, isolated lines.... you get the drift.

While a map would be ideal, we can start work with nothing more than knowledge of its existence.

Good luck and good hunting.

HairyLeg
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Will there be a newer version of alltracks coming online soon?
"freightgate"


Available online

http://www.railpage.com.au/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownloaddetails&lid=351&ttitle=All_Australian_Tracks_Courtesy_of_Hairyleg_(03/06/2010)

Regards
Brian
"bevans"

If I click that link I get:

Sorry, only Administrators can use this value in a GET request:

$_GET['ttitle'] = All_Australian_Tracks_Courtesy_of_Hairyleg_(03/06/2010)
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
Will there be a newer version of alltracks coming online soon?
"freightgate"


Available online

http://www.railpage.com.au/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownloaddetails&lid=351&ttitle=All_Australian_Tracks_Courtesy_of_Hairyleg_(03/06/2010)

Regards
Brian
"bevans"

If I click that link I get:

Sorry, only Administrators can use this value in a GET request:

$_GET['ttitle'] = All_Australian_Tracks_Courtesy_of_Hairyleg_(03/06/2010)
"Warks"


Try:
http://www.railpage.com.au/modules.php?name=Downloads&d_op=viewdownload&cid=21
and choose the one with the latest version number, i.e.  2010-06-03

HairyLeg
  Warks Minister for Railways

Location: Near H30+059
Yes that's what I did. I was just pointing out that bevans' link didn't work in case someone got frustrated and couldn't find it.
I've downloaded the latest but haven't had a good look yet.  Always good to see.
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Hi HairyLeg,

I installed Version: 2010-06-03 and have noticed a missing station and line.

What is commonly called the Boonah line in SE QLD is in fact the Fassifern Branch because in fact it extended beyond Boonah [34 m 65 chains] to the terminus at Dugandan [35 miles 28 chains].

The 2010-06-03 version only seems to go to Boonah. Dugandan had facilities for a sawmill as well as the terminus facilities.

Data from the ARHS Bulletin Feb 1969 (Vol 20 No. 376)
A short history of the Fassifern (Boonah) branch line (Armstrong, J.)
This history covers the Fassifern Branch which links lpswich-Harrisville-Boonah-Dugandan, opened 1882 and 1887 and closed beyond Churchill in 1964. The politics leading to the construction of the line are not covered, but otherwise it is comprehensive. There is also a brief mention of the Mount Edwards branch and of proposals to build the Via Recta route to Warwick. 18 photos, 1 map, 28 diagrams.
page[s]: 25-47

I also would like to let you know that your work is greatly appreciated as I have been using it to search out other features of SE QLD and northern NSW long gone tracks, including the timber tramways Very HappyVery HappyVery Happy
  HairyLeg Junior Train Controller

Location: What's that smell?
Petan,

Thanks for pointing that out.

I have made the following updates, which will appear in the next release (whenever that might be).

Extension into Dugandan (including the triangle)
The triangle at Harrisville.
A guess at Good Hope and Speedwell Collieries.

Can everyone else help by pointing out any missing sections.

(by the way, what do you think of my new avatar?)

HairyLeg
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
A guess at Good Hope and Speedwell Collieries.
Can everyone else help by pointing out any missing sections.
(by the way, what do you think of my new avatar?)HairyLeg
"HairyLeg"

I have the track layout for both above collieries if required. They are from the ARHS Bulletin article I mentioned.

On second thought, I guess you already have a better reference source then magazine articles as you have probably mapped lines that have not been the subject of magazine articles. You have done the whole country and I doubt that all the lines in Australia have been the subject of magazine articles.

If I spot any missing bits I'll let you know although I don't get out to that Boonah district all that much.

Thanks for taking the time to do the updates  Laughing

Your new avatar?  LaughingLaughing

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