Short branch Line from Derinallum

 
  changer Station Master

G'Day All,

Was looking at the Vic Emergency app and was surprised that it shows a short branchline extending form the mainline at Derinallum, crossing the main road and up to an old scoria quarry on the side of Mt. Elephant. Its also visible on Google Earth.

Regards Ross

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  Valvegear Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Richmond Vic
You can also pick some of it out from Google Maps Satellite View.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
You can also pick some of it out from Google Maps Satellite View.
Valvegear



Wondering what came out of there is was it inbound to fill?
  brownhillboy Train Controller

There is a car park and information centre on the site of the old loading area. The formation of the line is clearly visible. For those fit enough, the steep and rough climb to the top of Mt Elephant is well worth it, preferably in Spring.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland

Wondering what came out of there is was it inbound to fill?
bevans
Basalt ballast came from quarries on the side of the volcano cone, the quarrying made a bit of a mess to the cone.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

A brief field report in the Feb 2014 Light Railways has this to say:

A passing visit to this 240m-high mount (above sea level), near Derrinallum, found the gate closed – it transpires that it is only open on the first Sunday, monthly, from 1pm until 4pm. In 1912/13 volcanic scoria was quarried for railway ballast by the Ways & Works Department of the Victoria Railways (VR) during the construction of the Gheringhap (near Geelong) to Maroona (near Ararat) railway – a distance of one hundred miles, and the last major broad gauge railway to be built in Victoria.


A branch railway, about two kilometres in length, was built south from near Derrinallum station to the northern base of Mt Elephant, where a quarry was opened. The quarry is easily visible on Google aerial photos, which seems to show a road on the railway formation between the main road and the quarry. However, all is not as it seems as, for the first 200m after entering the property, the access road is paralleled by the railway formation on a 2m-high embankment.

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