A week out from the October operating session on the Border District, I realised I still had plenty of photographic coverage from September – with thanks to various crew members – that was yet to be shared. So, here ’tis …
The images above and below are again taken at or around the branch station of Jameston – and are both provided courtesy of Brendan. Leading off the blog is another view of some of the facilities at Jameston, this time focused on the goods shed. The barrel roof building and substantial loading platform are all based on facilities that once stood at Bordertown. The rear industrial siding trackage, discussed in a previous post, can be seen in the background. Below, South Australian Railways Alco 956 has received a “highball” (green over red) signal, giving clearance to depart Jameston for points west with another south east goods working
The image above is a great capture of one of the busiest areas on the Border District – the staging yards. In the foreground, an SAR “Bluebird” railcar waits to be one of the first workings out from the yard. There are 8 through tracks and 10 stub ended tracks here – capable of holding 18+ trains, that serve both VR and SAR workings and provide an “off layout” destination and/or origin for workings. Below and in a far more quiet and less busy scene than the one above, a couple of Victorian Railways “L” sheep vans can be seen awaiting loading from the livestock cooperative facilities at Tatiara Downs. Thanks to Shelton for these two pictures.
The final set of two pictures are provided with thanks to Mark. Also taken at Tatiara Downs, the image above captures South Australian Railways Train Number 166 undertaking shunting en route, attaching a “CD” passenger brake van for express and parcels loading, before continuing west. The final image, below, is another example of operators finding perspectives and angles often not seen on the ‘District. Captured long before drones were thought of, this aerial view taken at Border Junction sees SAR English Electric 909 (right of image) heading off the Jameston branch and onto the main line, bound for Tatiara Downs. Sister engine 907 (left of image) is sitting on the Southern Aggregates siding, behind the dwarf shunting signal, waiting for 909 to pass before being able to head down the branch.