I recall there was an 'Upload' from Totty Yard on I think three days a week late 70s/early 80's that took Bunge (Albury) and Waterwheel (Bridgewater) 'flour pots' to Fitzroy and Glenroy. It was re-marshalled in East Yard with the Fitzroy portion being combined with general loading for same. The Glenroy stuff was run out (I think) with Kensington grainy, Essendon Briquettes and Somerton Steel. I recall the odd truck for Broady too.
There was a little short siding at North Carlton too near the old station. A retired ganger lived in the station and he had fenced off the up platform to form a backyard! I cant recall seeing the siding there used. The park land near Princes Park was a hazardous ride, kids, footballs, teens having a few 'pipes' that sort of thing. The train guards used to cop lots of stuff chucked at them! Generally, the loco assistant rode on the step of the engine most of the trip, to red flag every few hundred yards! Though sometimes a shunter would come out from East Yard.
By my time, I think the goods only ran 3 days a week tops, but was definitley timetabled and there was an RT shunting Fitzroy and North Fitz driven by the yard assistant. I think the entire line in its later years was worked as a long siding. Unlike Footscray Goods (Maribyrnong River) that was electric staff. There were yard staff at Fitzroy every weekday that I remember. I think a Yard Foreman, Yard assistant/Number Taker/ shunter and a checker and a stower. The private companies like Canterbury's had quite a few people around too. The public could load there as well via Queens Parade end gate. I recall a tram coming to grief at the St Georges Rd tramway square once. That caused a traffic jam! Hell, Im old enough to remember the single track tram line that ran along Holden St and passed behind the Nth Fitz Silos! Thats a sobering thought!
I think the local councils wanted the place closed more than VR. There were still quite healthy loadings out of the place right until the end. It stayed a VR road goods depot for years after (Much like Victoria Park, Bayswater etc)
If I remember more, ill let you know. I may have an original stamped truck waybill or two lying around- ill have a look in my cupboard of railway 'crap'! If I find it/them- its/their yours!
A couple of further memories..
Bunge also owned the silos at Nth Fitzroy.
The Yard Foremans office was brick and contained some 'delightful' calenders- as a new start 16 year old , I loved 'em! (girly type ones)
All the fittings were painted in the yard and some sleepers were replaced IMMEDIATELY prior to closure in 1981.
I believe the original passenger platform was under the timber shed on the up side of the line north of the footbridge.
I dont remember any banking , though Im sure it would have occured, maybe before my time .
I DO recall the constant stopping at all those level crossings and attempting to red flag traffic- good way to get run over!
Hope thats of some interest!
Thank-you PK, this is very helpful, especially about Bunge owning the silos and the overall good maintenance standards. The red flag must have been one of the last places for that type of operation on VR.
One very important question, how often was the goods service? Weekly, twice weekly, daily, as required?
Also, how often did the vans of palletized flour come in. Photo's of the last decade or so the yard's operation suggest nearly every train had 2 or 3.