Koala Siding Today

 
  bringemback Station Master

I went for a walk from nyora to koala and took some pictures, its a shame to see it like this. The line from nyora to koala is in good condition, and as you will see koala seems to be forgotten, just like the rest of the line to cranbourne.

Here are the pictures, Enjoy!

http://s799.photobucket.com/albums/yy271/bringemback1/

Does anyone have photos of their own from when the siding was in use?

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  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
I went along a couple of times. Didn't have to walk from Nyora though, you could drive in from the SG Hwy almost to the siding. haven't been there since, so no idea if you can still do that.

I keep meaning to scan my photos, but still haven't. Here's a few I already had done though.

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I'll try to find time to scan the others I have and finally get around to putting them on my Gunzel Gallery.  Rolling Eyes
  G516 Chief Commissioner

Location: Somewhere at Steamrail
Great pics B67. I wish they still ran that train today. Along with the fuel trains.
  LadyGunzel Chief Train Controller

Location: Melbourne's south east
Awesome pics from you both, thankyou so much. I'd always wanted to see what the siding looked like.

By the way, how long is the siding?
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
Awesome pics from you both, thankyou so much. I'd always wanted to see what the siding looked like.

By the way, how long is the siding?
"LadyGunzel"


Does this answer your question?

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Well, it's probably the length of the loop rather than the siding. But would be similar I suspect.
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
Some more photos.
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P23 shunting at Koala siding.

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Hauling the loaded hoppers out of the siding.

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Hauling the loaded hoppers out of the siding.

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Loaded hoppers now on the mainline as P23 collects the empties it had earlier set out in the loop

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backing the empties into the siding.



The following photos are from an earlier visit to Koala Siding.

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Loaded hoppers have already been pushed forward of the loader and are fouling the loop points.

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The loading area.

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Another view of the loading area.

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P22 approaches Koala Siding.

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P22 arrives at Koala siding with 14 empties.


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With the up end points fouled, the crew shunt the empties into the loop from the down end.

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...and then collect the 10 loaded hoppers.

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I seem to recall that the combination of heavy sand load, sharp curve on the siding and the short upgrade made for some great sound effects from the P.

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I think P22 used a bit of its own sand here too.

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P22 gradually nears the mainline.

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Rather than leave the loaded hoppers on the mainline, P22s crew shunted the empties into the siding with the loaded hoppers still attached. So here we see P22 with 24 VHSFs

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Preparing for departure.

Hard to believe that this site has changed so much now.
  S301 Chief Train Controller

Location: South West Victorian Coast
That last photo the P looks like its on a bit of a lean, was their a bit of a crease when they came up out of the siding?  Just looks a bit uneven sitting their.
  L1150 Assistant Commissioner

Location: Pakenham Vic.

Laughing Must be a bit of super elevation so the curve can be taken at speed Laughing
  Camster Chief Commissioner

Location: Geelong
That last photo the P looks like its on a bit of a lean, was their a bit of a crease when they came up out of the siding?  Just looks a bit uneven sitting their.
"S301"


I have heard P Classes referred to as little XPT's. Maybe tilt train would be a better nick name.
  davesvline Chief Commissioner

Location: 1983-1998
Grouse pics again B67.
It'll be a good day when Austrains does the P class loco so I can run my VHSF hoppers around. This is one of the many kind of trains i will prototype, and your pictures have helped with this.

Regards
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Great pics B67. I wish they still ran that train today. Along with the fuel trains.
"G516"


I don't think ACI were to happy about Kennett stopping the service. As were many other customers.  "Sorry Mr. customer, we don't want business. It's your problem now."

Regards
Brian
  bringemback Station Master

Great pics B67. I wish they still ran that train today. Along with the fuel trains.
"G516"


I don't think ACI were to happy about Kennett stopping the service. As were many other customers.  "Sorry Mr. customer, we don't want business. It's your problem now."

Regards
Brian
"bevans"


What was the reason for the service being cancelled?
  hotdogpants1 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Here.
That last photo the P looks like its on a bit of a lean, was their a bit of a crease when they came up out of the siding?  Just looks a bit uneven sitting their.
"S301"


I have heard P Classes referred to as little XPT's. Maybe tilt train would be a better nick name.
"Camster"

Usually push-pulls are referred to as "The poor man's XPT"  Razz
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Great pics B67. I wish they still ran that train today. Along with the fuel trains.
"G516"


I don't think ACI were to happy about Kennett stopping the service. As were many other customers.  "Sorry Mr. customer, we don't want business. It's your problem now."

Regards
Brian
"bevans"


What was the reason for the service being cancelled?
"bringemback"


The reason was ~ It was part of V/Line's 1990 plan to rid all their trains from the South Gippsland Line, as thats when regular track work ceased and the track was been run Into the ground
  Henry Herby

Location: Victoria
How do you get to Koala Siding?
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

The reason was ~ It was part of V/Line's 1990 plan to rid all their trains from the South Gippsland Line, as thats when regular track work ceased and the track was been run Into the ground
"Nightfire"


And people wonder why rail is still on the nose with many many customers.  Australia big business just doesn't want to be burnt again.

Regards
Brian
  Mel Deputy Commissioner

So it was a Vline management decision? Would the Traffic to Leongatha been enough to cover the line costs?
  ozfreight Chief Train Controller

Location: hawthorn 3122

The reason was ~ It was part of V/Line's 1990 plan to rid all their trains from the South Gippsland Line, as thats when regular track work ceased and the track was been run Into the ground
"Nightfire"


And people wonder why rail is still on the nose with many many customers.  Australia big business just doesn't want to be burnt again.

Regards
Brian
"bevans"

Just add a dash of trade union "activity" to this and you are spot on Bevans. Saw it all happen mid 80's. Sad really!
  bringemback Station Master

When were your photos taken b67???
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
When were your photos taken b67???
"bringemback"


Not quite sure. I think I wrote the details down at the time, but I've, err, put them in a "safe" place. Laughing

I think the second visit (first lot of photos) was shortly before the sand train stopped running. I'll add the date/s to my site once I find out. But about 1996-7 I'd say.
  bringemback Station Master

When were your photos taken b67???
"bringemback"


Not quite sure. I think I wrote the details down at the time, but I've, err, put them in a "safe" place. Laughing

I think the second visit (first lot of photos) was shortly before the sand train stopped running. I'll add the date/s to my site once I find out. But about 1996-7 I'd say.
"B 67"


ok thanks for that. was the line from kolala to leongatha being used by sgr at the time? do you know how many sand trains a day went to the siding?
  Flatop Deputy Commissioner

Location: Some where in a Cab
When were your photos taken b67???
"bringemback"


Not quite sure. I think I wrote the details down at the time, but I've, err, put them in a "safe" place. Laughing

I think the second visit (first lot of photos) was shortly before the sand train stopped running. I'll add the date/s to my site once I find out. But about 1996-7 I'd say.
"B 67"


ok thanks for that. was the line from kolala to leongatha being used by sgr at the time? do you know how many sand trains a day went to the siding?
"bringemback"



It was 1 train a day.I did it with a mate of mine not long before it closed.My mate actually delivered the Y Class down just before the line closed.
  Mel Deputy Commissioner

So now we have 16? Trucks a day making the journey?
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland
I'm reliably informed that the P22 photos were taken on February 17, 1996.
  ozfreight Chief Train Controller

Location: hawthorn 3122
So now we have 16? Trucks a day making the journey?
"Mel"


ziltch
I believe the mining operation closed  years ago/ could be wrong ?

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