The beautiful Lascelles silos by Melbourne street artist Rone

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia

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  Crossover Train Controller

Location: St. Albans Victoria
bevans
I`ve seen the silos at Brim , Sheeps Hill and Rupanyup all beautiful works of art in my opinion  as well .
All once served by rail and now none of them are .
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
When the Silo Art was featured on Masterchef the other week the GF asked why no one has organised a rail enthusiast trip out there yet  (I think she was relieved). Would take a fair bit of planning but would be a whole lot of fun.

BG
  damooops Junior Train Controller

Location: The Revenue Raising State
Might be a little difficult to organise a railfan trip to these locations with no track in place! Rolling Eyes
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Benalla now has  a street art festival yearly, started in 2015. street artists from both Australia and overseas are invited to submit a design to be done during the selected weekend. There REALLY is some beautiful pieces done, watching them at work is amazing.

I watched ADNATE do the aboriginals face to the back of Masha Watsons pharmacy, it REALLY is a work of art. Photos do NOT do it justice.

http://www.benallastreetart.com.au/murals

woodford
  Donald Chief Commissioner

Location: Donald. Duck country.
Absolutely fantastic.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Might be a little difficult to organise a railfan trip to these locations with no track in place! Rolling Eyes
damooops
There is a trip in 2 weeks that will pass through Lascelles, though it will be dark at the time.
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
Might be a little difficult to organise a railfan trip to these locations with no track in place! Rolling Eyes
damooops
Just because the Silos are no longer served by rail doesn't mean that there is no track in place - Brim is on the Hopetoun SG Grain Line as is Sheephills

http://vicsig.net/infrastructure/line/Hopetoun

As mentioned above Lascelles is on the Mildura line.

I was thinking along the lines of what Steamrail do with their Echuca trips (and many others like the Snow Train) where add on options are sold such as River cruises, bus tours etc. The trip could run to a largish town central to the Silo Art Trail and then you could choose to do a trip to all or some of the silo art sites (they are a fair way apart) or you could choose to dine at the local pub or whatever.

If you wanted to go seriously Gore-Met you could even get a local pub / restaurant to cater a meal under the shadow of one of the silos for a truly unique experience.

BG
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  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
The silo's at Rupanyap look terrific as well, you can partially see the railway station in the corner, very nice building that has gone to the pack, would scrub up a treat with some serious renovation. It's a real shame a lot of these buildings have been let deteriorate, once the hub of the town and most built with grandeur laid on Crying or Very sad progress ehh ?

Link, Wimmera MailTimes,

http://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/4777624/retail-precinct-plan-to-save-small-town/

BigShunter.
  don_dunstan The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Adelaide proud
Big Shunter: I believe Rupanyup's railway station has been in private hands for many years being used as a storage shed and it changed hands last year with a price range of $47,000 - a bargain if you wanted to live in a former railway station.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Regarding Rupanyup, this is what it looked like on 23 July 2014 when I passed by. (My grandfather was born somewhere there, probably in a ganger's cottage, just after the line opened and before it was extended to Bolangum):

From the East (the artwork is on the south side, facing town) :

https://flic.kr/p/W2hPRd

And the station building itself, which looked to be structurally sound :

https://flic.kr/p/W2hPGW

And 416 ZL that was on the down end of the platform, presumably used as a storage shed :

https://flic.kr/p/Wh9eLZ
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Thanks don, yes I was aware of the ownership of the station, the Wimmera MailTimes or similar had run several stories over the years, either about the Rupanyup or the station. There was several photo's of the building, both inside and out, the ceiling had fallen in, in some rooms, but as mikesyd says, she would still be structurally sound, but bloody junk everywhere. I actually went prowling around the building, one day while on safari and there was a couple of old Merc sedans on what would have been the platform, under the verandah as seen in picture 2 of mikesyd's.

There seems to be quite a few people who buy old building's, like this or a pub, manse or similar, that was once a building of significance, never do anything with it besides watch it fall to pieces.

While I'm doing some advertising for Rupanyup, here are a couple more links to which are familiar to Rup.

From the Wimmera MailTimes;

http://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/4767071/rupanyup-family-promotes-region-as-a-food-destination/

http://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/4767068/brownies-taste-sweeter-with-chickpeas/

If your cruising around the Eastern part of the Wimmera, pull into Rupanyup and have a snoop around Very Happy

Nice pictures, too mikesyd.

BigShunter.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Well, not a whole lot of posting, happening atm, saw this yesterday and thought it's well worth posting.

Great to saw the Wimmera still benefiting from the fantastic silo art.

Silo Art Trail continues to increase tourism in the Wimmera Video, Photos

EVER since Brim’s decommissioned grain silos were painted with larger-than-life murals, the Wimmera community has continued to benefit from the region’s famous Silo Art Trail.

The trail currently comprises of six sites across the Yarriambiack shire, at Brim, Sheep Hills, Rupanyup, Patchewollock, Rosebery and Lascelles.

Wimmera Mallee Tourism chairwoman Helen Ballentine said tourist numbers had grown steadily in the region since the trail’s genesis.


https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/5648344/silo-art-trail-continues-to-increase-tourism-in-the-wimmera-video-photos/?cs=225

Cut from yesterday's Wimmera MailTimes.

Interesting to see, they are looking at expanding the silo trail, with Goroke, Kaniva and Servicton, looking at getting into the act, who would you nominate ?

BigShunter.

BG, if you can find a set of standard gauge wheels for your train, still time for a heritage tour  Razz
  BrentonGolding Chief Commissioner

Location: Maldon Junction
BigShunter.

BG, if you can find a set of standard gauge wheels for your train, still time for a heritage tour  Razz
BigShunter
Steamrail have an SG carriage set currently being vandalised, oh sorry, sitting at Dimboola waiting for just such an opportunity to show off!

Probably waiting for some motive power as well. R766 anyone.......

BG
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Probably waiting for some motive power as well. R766 anyone.......
"BrentonGolding"
No, thanks; 3801 will be ready before 766.
  Radioman Chief Train Controller

Probably waiting for some motive power as well. R766 anyone.......
No, thanks; 3801 will be ready before 766.
Valvegear
Hello All,

actually, a regauged A class is a possibility now that the V/Line ones will be preserved for passenger train use only.

Regards, Radioman.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Probably waiting for some motive power as well. R766 anyone.......
No, thanks; 3801 will be ready before 766.
Hello All,

actually, a regauged A class is a possibility now that the V/Line ones will be preserved for passenger train use only.

Regards, Radioman.
Radioman
Too much paperwork to get an A Class on SG
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
Well, not a whole lot of posting, happening atm, saw this yesterday and thought it's well worth posting.

Great to saw the Wimmera still benefiting from the fantastic silo art.

Silo Art Trail continues to increase tourism in the Wimmera Video, Photos

EVER since Brim’s decommissioned grain silos were painted with larger-than-life murals, the Wimmera community has continued to benefit from the region’s famous Silo Art Trail.

The trail currently comprises of six sites across the Yarriambiack shire, at Brim, Sheep Hills, Rupanyup, Patchewollock, Rosebery and Lascelles.

Wimmera Mallee Tourism chairwoman Helen Ballentine said tourist numbers had grown steadily in the region since the trail’s genesis.


https://www.mailtimes.com.au/story/5648344/silo-art-trail-continues-to-increase-tourism-in-the-wimmera-video-photos/?cs=225

Cut from yesterday's Wimmera MailTimes.

Interesting to see, they are looking at expanding the silo trail, with Goroke, Kaniva and Servicton, looking at getting into the act, who would you nominate ?

BigShunter.

BG, if you can find a set of standard gauge wheels for your train, still time for a heritage tour  Razz
BigShunter

It's a good look, when you are replying to yourself Razz anyhow, here we go with a bit more silo art, in the future.

Wimmera and Mallee projects have scored more than $2 million, under the Pick My Project scheme.

Among the winners is a plan to extend the Victorian Art Silo Trail to Goroke, Nullawil, Kaniva and Serviceton.


https://www.facebook.com/abcwesternvic/photos/a.119616014725077/2109254465761212/?type=3&theat

ABC Facebook, is where I swiped this from and the picture is of the Rupanyup silo's, with the station in the bottom corner.

BigShunter.

I was knocked off my feet ( wheels Laughing ), with the nominations Rolling Eyes
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
There have been 3 silos done on the Oaklands Line in the past year too.

Goorambat
Devenish
Tungamah
  Valvegear Dr Beeching

Location: Norda Fittazroy
Speaking as one with no artistic ability at all, it fascinates me that somebody can paint these marvellous likenesses on such a huge scale. How the artist can keep everything in scale and perspective is an absolute wonder. It's not as if he can take a few steps backwards every few minutes to get a wide view of how it's coming along.

Dunno 'ow 'e duzzut.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Speaking as one with no artistic ability at all, it fascinates me that somebody can paint these marvellous likenesses on such a huge scale. How the artist can keep everything in scale and perspective is an absolute wonder. It's not as if he can take a few steps backwards every few minutes to get a wide view of how it's coming along.

Dunno 'ow 'e duzzut.
Valvegear
I think that in many cases (if not all of the realistic images) a photo is projected on the silo and they just follow the lines.
  BigShunter Chief Commissioner

Location: St Clair. S.A.
I think that in many cases (if not all of the realistic images) a photo is projected on the silo and they just follow the lines.
duttonbay

I'm not so sure about that, duttonbay, it may be, in some cases but as you can from the attached clip, from Kimba, S.A. seems to be pretty much free hand.

Enjoy the fast version;



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YwDzf4SJbs

BigShunter.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Yeah, there wasn't anything obvious in that video like projecting an image and marking the lines. It could have been done before the painting started of course. I was told that was how they painted the silos at Rupanyup by a local - the artist took a series of photos of the subjects, then projected them on the silo and sketched the lines of the image - and it made so much sense that I assumed it was the normal thing to do.

I reckon Kimba looks better with a train in front of it. Unfortunately I was too late to get the locos side-on when I was there in June. Not many of the other sites have railway lines between the silos and the viewing areas.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
This is the one at Patchewollock that I saw during my recent Safari. The sign in the park said that the artist booked into the local pub while searching for a subject, and met a local man who became the subject. From what I have seen regarding the stories of doing them, all have been done from a wobbly cherrypicker - they need a head for heights.

BTW, the old yard there is pretty well intact, without any rails of course, looks like the station building is new though.

https://flic.kr/p/MiKHwX

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