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

Thursday, 10 January 2013

Out at the Junction

A day off. Decided to head to Mount Barker Junction for some train spotting. Have not been for some time, and after checking the schedules on the ARTC website; there was a PN/Patrick Intermodal due around 12.30. Half and hour later, 5MA3 rolled through. NR 22, XRB 562 and NR 59.

Mount Barker Junction is now a 1500m crossing loop. Unfortunately, you can not see both sets of signals, as from the disused station building, the other set is around a set of curves, but normally you can hear them approach. The dual gauge line, to the right of the first photo, is the old line to Victor Harbor  and Milang. SteamRanger used to operate the occasional train to here during Steam-Up, at the beginning of their operating season, but the line is now unused.

Bringing up the rear, a whole load of Hamburg Sud boxes, and reefers.

Hamburg Sud on NQKY 34619G
Edit: Returned Sunday evening. The ARTC schedule indicated that a Interail intermodal would pass through a 6.56pm.

Certainly not an Interail/QRNational intermodal, but a Pacific National Trailerail, which should have past through at 4.25pm.
Many of these new 48' high-cube boxes, plus a few new 48' curtain sided containers. Unfortunately no photos of these.

PS. It is my understanding that the turnout to the Victor Harbor line was connected when the loop was built, but at some time has been dis-connected, as seen in the photo.