Monday, May 14, 2018

MUNGINDI

THE END OF THE LINE MUNGINDI STATION .BUILT IN 1966,TO REPLACE THE ORIGINAL BUILDING DESTROYED BY FIRE IN MAY 1962.SUPPOSEDLY THE FIRST AIR CONDITIONED STATION BUILDING IN NSW .


One my latest tour of duty towards QLD .As I had previously photographed the remants of  MUNGINDI station area.I decided to leave that alone and venture into the scrub not far off the Carnarvon Hwy ,10 Ks south of MUNGINDI ,near NEEWORRA .This is defiantly a dry season exercise.
According to my map there should be a crossing of the river for the rail line.
And there is ! Was ! Still is ! But isn't ! Well there's actually two !
Originally there was a very long trestle approach from the south , to cross a 3 girder Web span on the small tributary  the Whalan creek .And then some more timber trestles before crossing the Boomi river ,with a 120 ft steel girder bridge from 1914.Then some more timber trestles across the flood plain towards MUNGINDI to the north.
 The Whalan creek runs parallel to the QLD border for some 100 Ks up stream from the bridge towards the East.
It merges with the Boomi River slightly downstream but very close  to the bridges ,The Boomi River also runs parallel with the border but slightly to the north of the Whalan .And South of the border river the Barwon.
The Boomi actually has two connections with the border river  the Barwon .To the East it joins just as the Macintyre turns into the Barwon and runs parallel with this river for some 120 Ks  to rejoin it  about 30 ks to the west of Mungindi.
If your confused about all this check out  the map .
I know I am !
The map shows the junction of these two water courses upstream of  the rail crossing ,but its actually downstream of the rail crossing. I think.


These rivers are very seasonal and for most of the time are Muddy green puddles ,But come the rains turn into large rivers draining large areas of the black soil plains .
The bridging of these two rivers /creeks was a very long and large piece of infrastructure on this otherwise plain branch-line.
Most of the wood trestles has gone leaving only the concrete and steel work.When you come across it in the scrub it seems to be extra large ,with no track or approach spans.




                                        THE MAIN CROSSING OF THE WHALAN CREEK
                                        FROM THE NORTH ,LOOKING SOUTH




                                     LOOKING NORTH TOWARDS THE BOOMI RIVER





                                                          TOWARDS THE SOUTH


                                                THE CROSSING OF THE BOOMI RIVER
                                                             LOOKING TO THE EAST
                                                                   120 Ft STEEL TRUSS
 







    THE TRESTLE APPROACHES DISAPPEAR TOWARDS THE TERMINUS OF MUNGINDI
                                                     ON THE NORTHERN BANK


The other crossing of note on this line is the Gil Gil Creek .Not far off the highway ,near a level crossing at BENGERANG Which comprises of flood plain opening, and a Large long timber trestle bridge .Which I modeled because of the 3 different pier styles.And different opening spans.
This Creek  starts up near CROOBLE on the BOGGABILLA line and runs west joining and following the MUNGINDI line for about 60 ks ,before joining the Boomi river about 25 Ks west of the first two bridges on the Whalan Creek and Boomi River
Once again consult your maps.
Not to confuse you .But the Wallon creek (slightly different spelling ) is a tributary of Gil Gil creek .











The MUNGINDI terminus's last train was on the 5th of Jan 1974.Followed by flood damage from a large rain event over Southern QLD and Northern NSW during Jan 1974.Which closed the line.


Sunday, March 11, 2018

A NUMBER OF THINGS

 A FAILED XPT SET IS HAULED DEAD ACROSS GILL GILL CREEK BY A 422 CLASS DIESEL


Just to clear up a number of things ,that I have been working on.
The truck stop thing got me making some truck models with one being a remake of a low loader with a dump body load.The prime mover is a Freight liner semi from Athearn.




The other thing is now that it seems sure that SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS is attending the annual exhibition at Woomba Woomba . I have been working on some trains to run.
One being the promised , failed XPT set , being diesel hauled.The fitting of the Kadee wasn't to bad except for the filing .So I have a video of the trial run on MUNGINDI.I put a few temporary tracks together to link the finished tier drop section across the bridge .Which I layed the track on over Christmas.


Also the test train startled a flock of the new Chinese micro motor, flyable Cockatoo's now available.





Sunday, February 11, 2018

LIGHTS ON THE HILL TRUCK STOP

THE AMPOL TRUCK STOP IN GLEN INNES  PLAYS HOST TO 2 X BRAMBLES WIDE LOAD SEMIS IN 1977 HAULING EUCLID DUMP TRUCKS SOUTH .THE TRUCKS WAIT  WHILE THE DRIVERS REFUEL AT THE ALL NIGHTER . THE FRONT TYRES FOR THE DUMP TRUCKS ARE IN THE DUMP BODY.


A long time ago I started to build a generic Australian Petrol station.With a truck stop style servo ,which would be positioned on a raised section of the layout towards the backboard .Showing some of my truck models in the parking area .Which would be opposite the servo with a road from the back to the front of the layout section with a road over bridge at the front to carry the road over a cutting for the rail line.This was to form a transition between Fraser River Gorge and the town of Ashford












It stayed this way for a long time with the problem of what branding to put on it .ESSO was going to be the winner in my mind.But then I realised you cant get more Australian than Ampol or Golden Fleece.With the latter being in the 70,s the favored place to pull up for a decent feed when on the road with there roadhouse style restaurants,which could be probably called Australia's original fast food chain. Before the American invasion .
The brand of Golden Fleece was owned by H G Sleigh &  company from 1947 to 1981 ,when it was acquired by Caltex which led to its brand being removed from the landscape.
Golden Fleece operated rail tankers which served country depots served by rail.Glen Innes being one of these.I don't have many pictures of the depot in operation,but here is one from 8-5-83 before the storage tanks where removed.




                                            And some a bit latter with the storage tanks removed.







                This shot is of NTAF GF21 at West Tamworth on the 9-8-83, Bang on my time period.
                                                            Beam me back Scotty !
                                        With some very professional sign writing on the ends. 



         Over Christmas I did some looking on the inter-web for any suitable signage.Which was rewarded by coming across Rakem Emporium ,an Australian outlet which produces petrol station signage and also card stock kits of various buildings. The shop had a set of Golden Fleece signage suitable for my servo.But I wanted the restaurant overhead sign .On contacting the proprietor about this she did up the required signs in no time and sent with my original order.
These signs are not decals but printed on paper,so if you need a particular sign , this would be the place to go.
http://rakememporium.com.au/

So now I have a finished servo ready to scenic into place.
I made the flag bunting on brass wire with paper shapes painted to liven it up.And got rid of some OO scale VW I had in the Garage area.
You will also note the Road and Rail Resin  ACCO which although just assembled ,has developed a very nasty oil leak.
https://www.roadandrailresin.com/


















                                              Some shots of the area where the servo will live.