Sunday, July 10, 2011


After a week camping out with the natives of Barraba. I Thought I should give you an update of Barraba station.Which isn't much these days after the line closure. Originally opened in Sept 1908 with Barraba 343 Miles from Sydney and being the end of the 60 Mile line which branched at West Tamworth.
The town was served by Passenger as well as freight trains with the main export in the dying days of the line being asbestos from the Woodsreef Asbestos's Mine being exported in containers.
I had the chance to ride the line on a  CPH in Sept 81.
While in Tamworth for tech the teachers decided to have a strike obviously they wernt happy about there career decision (not that unhappy that the would leave though )
So I caught the train to Barraba which connected with the North bound Glen Innes mail.


                                              CPH 7 awaits its return journey to Tamworth

                                                      Loading containers in the yard

Then returned on the same CPH which connected with the south bound daylight  900 DEB set from Glen Innes to Sydney.
On this particular day a Wednesday I think the CPH followed the Daylight down to Werris Creek for servicing.which the crew invited me along for .Giving me a chance to look around the Creek before catching the Northbound daylight back to Tamworth.
Not a bad day out.
The other option was to right myself off with Tech mates .

                                                          SOME TECHNICAL STUFF
                                                          ON BARRABA

                                             The Station area as at 7-11looking towards Sydney
                                                               (you cant see it from here)  


          The small park thingy, as a memorial with some interesting info on the telegraph line which I will use on the Ashford sections.they shouldn't be to hard to make a master and then cast up .Being 3 sections of galvanized pipe slotted into each other with a galvanized top section for the insulators.
And being different to other pole lines should add some flavour.


                                                   And a original railway gate set up

                    The main attraction still in place is the Grain Depot located to the south of the main station area by about 2 ks Being a D150 15000 tonnes + a SO52  5200 tonnes same as Merriwa which Keiran is working on for me (and they say the gestation period for elephants is long )



  1. Rohan

    The Barraba Silo, is similar to Merriwa, apart from the following: No corrugated iron on the workhouse (Centre bit), Roof is fully cylindrical and again no C/I, No rings around the bins. The basic configuration is the same with slight differences, with the out loading chutes.
    BTW, my blogg is still there, and will be added to this week.

  2. Most interested in the photo from 1981 of the container loading going on--looked like a "packer tractor" was being used for this operation? Wasn't sure how early these container loaders were being used in rural areas, but your photo helps answer that!