Archaeology Quiz part 1

 
  F224 Chief Train Controller

Location: Para Hills West SA
Well, I still have only Leonora - Gwalia (2' 6" & 3' 6") and Kalgoorlie - Boulder (3' 6"). That's enough for tonight.

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  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
Well, I still have only Leonora - Gwalia (2' 6" & 3' 6") and Kalgoorlie - Boulder (3' 6"). That's enough for tonight.
"F224"

Nope.

Please be forgiving if I have any details wrong in the question.  I know enough to be dangerous  Smile , but I believe that I have it correct.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

A passenger-carrying tramway in a Western Australian mining town had both an unusual name and an unusual gauge?  What were the name and the gauge Question


Sons of Gwalia  - 20 inches.

John Dennis
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
A passenger-carrying tramway in a Western Australian mining town had both an unusual name and an unusual gauge?  What were the name and the gauge Question
"I"

Sons of Gwalia  - 20 inches.

John Dennis
"duttonbay"

That's the one I was after.  Your turn to ask a question, John.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Recently I asked a question about 2' gauge lines owned by the State Government Railway system.  The answer to that question was the Innisfail Tramway.
Name another location where the State Government Railways operated a 2' gauge railway, and list the lines which all connected at this place.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Recently I asked a question about 2' gauge lines owned by the State Government Railway system.  The answer to that question was the Innisfail Tramway.
Name another location where the State Government Railways operated a 2' gauge railway, and list the lines which all connected at this place.
"duttonbay"


Hmmm.  I guess I should stop asking questions about 2' gauge lines.  Nobody is "narrow minded" enough to know the answers...  Wink

The answer I was looking for was Zeehan (Tas) where the 3'6" TGR from Strahan met the 3'6" Emu Bay Railway, and also the 2' gauge Zeehan-North East Dundas Tramway, which was owned and operated by the TGR.

There were other 2' and 3'6" gauge lines in the area.

New Question:
Which Private Railway operating in the 20th century in Australia had the longest route mileage?  My answer is (I believe) true from 1920 onwards, and I think might be true for all time.  (I am ignoring the newbies like FA, ARG, etc, as this *is* an archaeology forum.

John Dennis.
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
I'll take a punt and say West Australia's Midland Railway.  No idea how long it is, though.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

I'll take a punt and say West Australia's Midland Railway.  No idea how long it is, though.
"ninthnotch"


Well done.  The length was 278 miles - that's (ummm) something like 460 Km.  

Your question...
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
Where were the only two lower-quadrant semaphores in Victoria did not have 'somersault' arms?  Both were distant signals.
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
Where were the only two lower-quadrant semaphores in Victoria did not have 'somersault' arms?  Both were distant signals.
"ninthnotch"

I'm guessing SAR distant signals on the Adelaide side of Serviceton.

Cheers
David
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
Nope.  Serviceton from what I have seen in  the 1948 and 1966 signal books (which is where the info for one is from) only had one distant - from the Melb side.  But DavidB, you are on the right track - both are distants.  I'll add another bit - both were controlled by Victorian signalboxes.
  F224 Chief Train Controller

Location: Para Hills West SA
Mount Gambier to Heywood, distant for Mount Gambier?
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
Nope.    Both examples were within Victoria, on Victorian signals, controlled by Victorian signalboxes.
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
NSWGR distants at Wodonga?

Cheers
David
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

NSWGR distants at Wodonga?
"DavidB"


Or the Coal Sidings?

John Dennis
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
Halfway there - there was a NSWGR distant worked by Wodonga Coal Sidings up until 1962 - on a bracket with a Victorian distant, but one wasn't.  In fact it was in the Melbourne suburban area - where?
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
To narrow it down - the signalbox is still there, and in use with it's frame.
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
Think the question was a tad anal...  

The other signal in Vic that did not have a somersault arm was the up distant at Frankston (on the Stony Point line) - What was also unusual as that it had most of the lens blanked off apart from a small section in the middle which had glass (similar to some posts in NSW - such as at Cootamundra West).

DavidB - as you got the first bit right, the next question is for you to ask...
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
DavidB - as you got the first bit right, the next question is for you to ask...
"ninthnotch"

I thought at least vicsig might have got it. :)

Since we're up to 5 pages I'll post a question in a new topic. Jump to part 2 of this thread here: http://www.railpage.org.au/forums/viewtopic.php?t=1773

Cheers
David
  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
The other signal in Vic that did not have a somersault arm was the up distant at Frankston (on the Stony Point line) - What was also unusual as that it had most of the lens blanked off apart from a small section in the middle which had glass (similar to some posts in NSW - such as at Cootamundra West).
"ninthnotch"
So why was this signal like this?  I wondered if it was because it was (I think) a fixed arm, but then I'm sure that there were other fixed-arm distants around.

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