K153 ran round there on a tour, possibly the VT in July 1976[/quote]
, that is another useful piece of info to chase up data with.
I decided to extend my internet search by using search terms that related to one of the main physical features of the Fitsroy goods yard, the footbridge, as I reasoned that non-railfans may well have this as there main reference point or memory. So I used the following for image searching:
“foot bridge”/footbridge + Fitzroy
“foot bridge”/footbridge + Fitzroy + rail
“foot bridge”/footbridge + Fitzroy + goods
I got some interesting results that have provided useful data.http://www.flickr.com/photos/northcotehystericalsociety/6332777295/http://www.flickr.com/photos/95818324@N00/499141474/
I now have extra photo's of the two sets of silos used to transload to trucks which suggest at least one was for grain, and it was at the time of the photo carried by the truck company H A Chalmers. This company still exists and will soon get an email from me.
The `Colorbond' type sheds were used by Bunge for bagged flour distribution. Hopefully the big multinational will be able to find room to corrspond with one not so humble researcher.
I have got quotes from Public Records Victoria on electronic copies of the National Can and Timber company building plans that will stretch the hobby budget next month!!
I received a referral to:http://emhs.org.au/gallery/maps/1945_aerial_photo_-_melbourne_north?size=_original
which is a 1945 aerial map of Melbourne north and includes the Fitzroy goods yard. The long white rectangle of the roof of the briquette shed is clearly visible when you work out where Queens Parade is. It looks about 5 or six cricket pitches long, fortunately there was a sports ground not too far away!
I'm not sure, but I think that the Weston Langford site has provided a few extra photo's on the goods yard in recent days.
The footbridge is now at the Mornington Peninsular Tourist Railway, courtesy of Puffing Billy Society getting the contract to move it. This is looking more and more like an N scale modelling project, but I will need heaps of GY's for briquettes and grain transloading. Perhaps Aust-N-Rail could take it on ads a promotional layout!!!!????
With the cricket pitch on the aerial photo for scaling I should be able to work out the full length of the yard.