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Track Plans - The Coal Siding over time

Written by David Head. Posted in New Exhibiton Layout

Disclaimer: This article contains initial thoughts by the author. They do not represent any official EMRC direction.

Stations layouts change over time, or disappear completely! When planning to build a layout after any real life location, the station's layout, track plan, buildings, access and purpose can change over time. Indeed the station may be ripped up or just a single track through. If there is a station and yard still there, it probably has grown, shrunk etc. as traffic needs change over time.

The Coals siding at Wodonga is no different, for it has changed much over time. After all it was named the coal siding for a reason! The area has altered over time. Originally a place to exchange coal from VR to NSW it also was a junction between Bandiana and Cudegwa, as one leg of a triangle with Wodonga another leg, and the line to Cudegwa the other.

This changed over time to have SG head further south into Wodonga itself. But not as it is today. The SG crossed over the BG before it reached High Street and went behind the Wodonga goods shed, then across the mainline into some cattle sidings.

Later on it was decided to take the SG to Bandiana for the Army. This was done by dual gauging the line from the triangle, and turning one leg into a SG line (thus making it a triangle no longer).

The Changes Through Time

1944

Coal Siding 1944

Some features to note on this layout includes:

  • The BG Triangle was still here in 1944.

  • The SG is shown as crossing the BG to head behind the Wodonga goods shed.

  • The SG is shown heading to Bandiana, no idea when this was done.

  • It shows the signal box on Houn Street.

  • The Houn Street is a level crossing (Osburn Street is NOT a level crossing).

  • The oil siding on the BG just past Huon Street exists.

  • The SG has 5 through roads in the yard.

  • The BG has 4 road yard with the double slip and head shunt, which was also the weighbridge siding, back towards the triangle.

  • The SG also has a head shunt with that feeds a exchange siding and something else.

  • 4 crossings from BG over SG.

 

1962

In 1962 we see some major changes to the Coal Sidings. Click to enlarge

  • The BG Triangle has been converted, with the SG and duel gauge now to Bandiana.

  • The SG now heads on what will be it's present alignment across High Street and around Wodonga station. The bay platform at Wodonga has gone as well. The cattle yards are still connected in Wodonga now to the new SG line heading to Melbourne.

  • It shows the signal box on Houn Street.

  • The Houn Street is a level crossing (Osburn Street is NOT a level crossing).

  • The oil siding on the BG just past Huon Street exists.

  • The SG lost one through road, and has only 4 through roads in the yard.

  • The BG has 4 road yard with the double slip and head shunt back towards the triangle. More roads added where theSG was in 1944.

  • The SG head shunt & BG crossover are gone.

  • Now 2 crossings from BG over SG.

1964

1964 we see minor changes to the Coal Sidings. Click to enlarge

  • It shows the signal box on Houn Street.

  • The Houn Street is a level crossing (Osburn Street is NOT a level crossing).

  • On the diagram it now shows the siding now known as Oil Coy's siding. The oil siding on the BG just past Huon Street exists.

  • The SG now has a exchange road on what was a BG track. The diagram shows it stopping about halfway up, wit hte rest of hte line being BG.

  • The BG has 1 of the 4 roads now a transfer siding to SG, with the 1st BG road now crossing the SG at the Albury end. There is now some sidings heading to the East.

  • The SG head shunt & BG crossover are gone.

  • We are back to 3 crossings from BG over SG.

1980 Click to enlarge

Been a while since the last plan, and the role of the coal sidings has indeed changed. Around this time, if not before the sidings were no longer used for their original purpose, that of coal transfer.

  • It shows the signal box on Houn Street.

  • The Houn Street is no longer a level crossing - it is an access road form the west side to the center area now .

  • The Osburn St is the new level crossing.

  • The oil siding on the BG just past Huon Street exists.

  • The SG basically unchanged.

  • The BG has more siding off the double slip area. And on the headshunt, which was the weighbridge siding as well, now just a stub ended siding, there is an new industry siding

1990-2007

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With no modern diagram, this is the most incomplete observation so far. Based on what the author noted over the last 4 year:

  • The BG line to Bandiana has been lifted. Only SG heads to Bandiana.

  • It shows the signal box on Houn Street.

  • The Houn Street is no longer a level crossing - it is an access road form the west side to the center area now .

  • The Osburn St is the new level crossing.

  • The oil siding on the BG just past Huon Street gone enturely including the associated piping/building/tanks etc.

  • The SG has lost the transfer siding.

  • The BG has more industrial track age in use for some chemical/build hopper plant. As stated the BG transfer siding has gone, as has the BG road in front of it which crossed the SG in the yard at the Albury end. There is a strip of space between BG & SG which these days is used for log and container transfer to/from road. The BG's siding off the double slip area. are overgrown and out of use.

 

 

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