Dimboola station. This great photo was taken by my son Craig

Sunday, 8 July 2012

To Stawell and more stackers

The next day, headed to Stawell; the Grampains Model Railway Exhibition was on. A check of the Horsham yard before leaving, and CSR 005 and 003 had returned with their train. The containers were being quickly unloaded and separated between empty and loaded.

The front unit is a Hyster: side lift 4 high container handler  H12.00XM-12EC. WCL also have another newer side lift container handler. An Omega unit

Brand: Omega
Model: 7ECH
Type: Empty Container Handler
Year: 2002

Cabin Options: A/C, Joystick control
Engine/Transmission:  Cummins 6CT / Clark 32000 APC 100
Drive Axle / Tyres:  Planetary with wet discs / 12.00 x 20
Steering Axle / Tyres:  Single cylinder / 12.00 x 20
Lift Height:  16,400mm
Attachment:  20'/40' Side Lift Frame
Capacity:  8,500kg
Stack Capacity:  7 High @9'6"

Patient drawing for side lift container handling.
Onto Stawell. The exhibition.
Crosby Station - preserved and operated by the Sunbury MRC: originally built by Kevin Shultz
Grizzly Flats, by Laurie Green.
Production sample of Powerline's new VLEX.

The station.

Stawell Railway Station
Stawell now has just the main line and one, little used siding. The goods shed: see a previous post is a bit more worse for wear. Remember, all of these none used railway building are under threat of being demolished by VicTrack. The Victorian Governments railway restoration programme gets less and less the further way from Melbourne the building is. The station has an art gallery in part of it, and has been restored as an Overland stop.

Murtoa Railway Station. Disused, but still has its centenary of western line plaque on the wall. Behind, just seen, is a brick stand railway water tower. Murtoa still has its yard, serving the grain depot down the track. Also, many VHGF grain hoppers are stored here.

Wimmera Intermodal Rail terminal
Finally, at Doeen, the site of  WIRT; about 10km from Horsham. The switch is in place. Off in the distance are light towers, and a few office buildings, plus the loading sidings. Nearby is Viterra's grain handling depot; which is not rail connected.

Another reach stacker. An Omega model. To give a sense of size, the rear tyres are about 6 feet tall (1.8m)