Date   

Re: Magnet Town film and adventure

Rod Hutchinson
 

Hi Mark,

That is a fascinating movie. I watched it on the train coming home tonight.  I observe that timber fences and houses are in good condition, not that run down look often favoured by modelers.

The images of the Mallett coming round the curves is fantastic.  Pass on my thanks to Mark F.

Rod H

On Apr 23, 2013 5:30 PM, "Mark Kendrick" <trainbrain@...> wrote:
 

Hi all,
Mark Fry was kind enough to pass on a copy of this film to me at the
Aus Narrow Gauge Convention over Easter, and I have since found it has
already been uploaded to Youtube:
http://youtu.be/ADYFY6xisAY

I spent a couple of days towards the middle of March exploring Magnet
and drove whilst videoing the track bed from Waratah to the mine, not
really a viable track to drive unless you don't mind scratching your 4WD
due to overgrowth.
Gee that track is dark and dank until it levels with the Arthur River.
Historic photos show the hillsides bare of trees, the regrowth has
closed in successfully, so it is hard to pick out locations where photos
of the train was taken.
The valley where the mine and town was is thoroughly revegetated
predominately with Celery Top Pine too.
There are still some fantastic remains at the mine site, uprights from
the concentrating shed, brick foundations from the crusher, concrete
foundations from the hydro powerhouse and auxilliary power plant, a
small stamp mill below the town area, the main adit and the later lower
level trial adit, a pair of boots by the site of a workman's hut,
bottles and bricks at the site of the shops, footbridge abutments,
embankments, the enormous overburden/spoil banks that dominate
everything, rusty mine skips, a vertical boiler and lengths of rail 'up
the gully'. There is still most of a bridge over the Arthur River and of
course most of the earthworks are still more or less intact. I took
around 20 gig of digital media of the line and mine site! I can upload
to photobucket a selection of photos if anyone is interested. A photo of
my camp with the concentrating mill in the background can be seen here:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/media/On-The-Road/20130320_092439a_zpsb2eb5c28.jpg.html

Now I have grandiose plans to model the Magnet Tram and mine/town far
more accurately than I had previously intended.
Regards,
Mark K
who was going to rejoin the LRRSA at the ANGC but there wasn't a stand :(


Re: section car driver wanted

CNsylvester
 

What a classic!

 

When was the last ad for a Section Car Driver 197?

 

 

 

----- Original Message -----

From: crannyjohn

Sent: 04/23/13 09:21 PM

To: LRRSA@...

Subject: [LRRSA] section car driver wanted

 
 

Hello,

The Loxton Historical Village near Renmark SA is an interesting place that has among other things the only remains of a Caillet monorail in the world; the subject of a future article in Light Railways.

They run a Fairmont section car on their open days but need more volunteer drivers. If you are interested in helping out occasionally please contact them via the volunteer link at the site:

http://www.loxtonhistoricalvillage.com.au/

Cheers
John P

 


Re: Magnet Town film and adventure

halfpilotstaff
 

Thanks Mark for posting this, most fascinating. Puts me in mind of long-gone mining places like Glen Davis, Newnes and Joadja.

I have taken the liberty of posting the YouTube link on Railpage etc. in the Railway Archaeology forums. I'm sure you'd agree that that little film well deserves to get to a wider & appreciative audience.

Cheerz

Alec Piggott

--- In LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au, Mark Kendrick <trainbrain@...> wrote:

Hi all,
Mark Fry was kind enough to pass on a copy of this film to me at the
Aus Narrow Gauge Convention over Easter, and I have since found it has
already been uploaded to Youtube:
http://youtu.be/ADYFY6xisAY

I spent a couple of days towards the middle of March exploring Magnet
and drove whilst videoing the track bed from Waratah to the mine, not
really a viable track to drive unless you don't mind scratching your 4WD
due to overgrowth.
Gee that track is dark and dank until it levels with the Arthur River.
Historic photos show the hillsides bare of trees, the regrowth has
closed in successfully, so it is hard to pick out locations where photos
of the train was taken.
The valley where the mine and town was is thoroughly revegetated
predominately with Celery Top Pine too.
There are still some fantastic remains at the mine site, uprights from
the concentrating shed, brick foundations from the crusher, concrete
foundations from the hydro powerhouse and auxilliary power plant, a
small stamp mill below the town area, the main adit and the later lower
level trial adit, a pair of boots by the site of a workman's hut,
bottles and bricks at the site of the shops, footbridge abutments,
embankments, the enormous overburden/spoil banks that dominate
everything, rusty mine skips, a vertical boiler and lengths of rail 'up
the gully'. There is still most of a bridge over the Arthur River and of
course most of the earthworks are still more or less intact. I took
around 20 gig of digital media of the line and mine site! I can upload
to photobucket a selection of photos if anyone is interested. A photo of
my camp with the concentrating mill in the background can be seen here:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/media/On-The-Road/20130320_092439a_zpsb2eb5c28.jpg.html

Now I have grandiose plans to model the Magnet Tram and mine/town far
more accurately than I had previously intended.
Regards,
Mark K
who was going to rejoin the LRRSA at the ANGC but there wasn't a stand :(


Re: Nerang Central Sugar Mill

Petan
 

I am placing this on several groups in the hope something will be discovered.

Ever heard of the Rushton Ferry which transported sugar cane across the Nerang River, Gold Coast QLD, downstream of the Carrara public vehicle ferry at Benowa Rd and upstream of Meyers Ferry at Cavill Ave? Read about it here [downloadable] https://docs.google.com/file/d/0ByB-ppGeDyvwMHNtT0VwWExxcEk/edit

A group of historians, some of whom are members of this yahoogroup, are attempting to discover data about the Rushton Ferry and the associated local history. The Carrara Ferry also had sugar tramway tracks so both in use in the sugar season. The two ferries, Rushton and Carrara, are mentioned in the scan I have attached which is from "When Sugar Cane Grew On The Banks Of The Nerang River" by Pat Fisher, in "Talk About Town" September 1993, page 7. The Rushton cane ferry must have been far enough downstream of the Carrara Ferry to make the Rushton Ferry worthwhile, otherwise cane would have used the Carrara one only. Heavy maintenance for the Rushton ferry was paid by the Nerang Central Sugar Mill in the 1915-16 financial year. That also tells us the Rushton Ferry was most likely mill property and thus probably disposed of along with the other mill equipment after the 1918 closure. The Carrara ferry finished c1952. Any extra data on the Rushton or any other similar local knowledge gratefully received, please???

Any data on the tramway on the southside of the Nerang River is also needed, please?

Thanks
Peter Cokley


Re: Magnet Town film and adventure

Sam Laybutt
 

Thanks Mark. Is the old bridge over Arthur River located at the town site? or further east?

I've got the 1:25 000 Tasmap series topos for that area (not sure of the map name as I don't have it on me right now). It shows the route of the line as a track and also shows the 'Proclaimed Town of Magnet'. No other useful features as far as I can see unfortunately. 


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Wed, 24 Apr 2013 12:07:20 +1000
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

 
Hi all,
 As Tony said, the narrator was referring to the mine tunnel or adit. Part of the switchback is now washed away, and it was very steep!
 The mine is south west of the town site. Unfortunately Google Earth shows a nuisance cloud cover over the area. If you plug  41°26'24.16"S 145°27'5.27"E into Google Earth you will see where the town area was, the mine is approximately at  41°26'38.60"S 145°26'52.29"E.

Which topo maps do you have? Mine are next to useless...
Cheers,
 Mark


Re: Magnet Town film and adventure

Mark Trainbrain
 

Hi all,
�As Tony said, the narrator was referring to the mine tunnel or adit. Part of the switchback is now washed away, and it was very steep!
�The mine is south west of the town site. Unfortunately Google Earth shows a nuisance cloud cover over the area. If you plug� 41�26'24.16"S 145�27'5.27"E into Google Earth you will see where the town area was, the mine is approximately at� 41�26'38.60"S 145�26'52.29"E.

Which topo maps do you have? Mine are next to useless...
Cheers,
�Mark



On 24/04/2013 12:40 AM, Sam Laybutt wrote:
Brilliant - thanks Mark! Really does give you a sense of the place. Such remote and beautifully atmospheric country.�


In the youtube via you linked to, the narrator mentions a railway tunnel a few times. Where along the line was this?



Also, was the mine located to the west of the town? The old townsite is easy enough to find on the topo maps but the mine ruins are not marked.�


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:28:00 +1000
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

�
Hi Sam, all,
�I have uploaded a small selection to this photobucket folder:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/library/Magnet
The photos have brief captions.
The videos are too big to upload and I don't have any editing software to remove the boring commentary anyway.
Cheers,
�Mark K




On 23/04/2013 6:09 PM, Sam Laybutt wrote:
I am most definitely interested in seeing a selection of your images, Mark! :)

Keen to watch that youtube vid when I get home from work too...

Sam


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:29:38 +1000
Subject: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

�
Hi all,
Mark Fry was kind enough to pass on a copy of this film to me at the
Aus Narrow Gauge Convention over Easter, and I have since found it has
already been uploaded to Youtube:
http://youtu.be/ADYFY6xisAY

I spent a couple of days towards the middle of March exploring Magnet
and drove whilst videoing the track bed from Waratah to the mine, not
really a viable track to drive unless you don't mind scratching your 4WD
due to overgrowth.
Gee that track is dark and dank until it levels with the Arthur River.
Historic photos show the hillsides bare of trees, the regrowth has
closed in successfully, so it is hard to pick out locations where photos
of the train was taken.
The valley where the mine and town was is thoroughly revegetated
predominately with Celery Top Pine too.
There are still some fantastic remains at the mine site, uprights from
the concentrating shed, brick foundations from the crusher, concrete
foundations from the hydro powerhouse and auxilliary power plant, a
small stamp mill below the town area, the main adit and the later lower
level trial adit, a pair of boots by the site of a workman's hut,
bottles and bricks at the site of the shops, footbridge abutments,
embankments, the enormous overburden/spoil banks that dominate
everything, rusty mine skips, a vertical boiler and lengths of rail 'up
the gully'. There is still most of a bridge over the Arthur River and of
course most of the earthworks are still more or less intact. I took
around 20 gig of digital media of the line and mine site! I can upload
to photobucket a selection of photos if anyone is interested. A photo of
my camp with the concentrating mill in the background can be seen here:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/media/On-The-Road/20130320_092439a_zpsb2eb5c28.jpg.html

Now I have grandiose plans to model the Magnet Tram and mine/town far
more accurately than I had previously intended.
Regards,
Mark K
who was going to rejoin the LRRSA at the ANGC but there wasn't a stand :(





Re: Magnet Town film and adventure

Anthony Coen <ajcoen@...>
 

The tunnel referred to is the mine adit. At the end of the line, a trailing siding ran up and around the side of the hill to the mine, which was located on the western end of the town. The formation is very good to drive along and Magnet is a great place to camp!

 

Cheers,

 

            Tony Coen.

 


From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...] On Behalf Of Sam Laybutt
Sent: Wednesday, April 24, 2013 12:41 AM
To: LRRSA@...
Subject: RE: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

 

 

Brilliant - thanks Mark! Really does give you a sense of the place. Such remote and beautifully atmospheric country. 


In the youtube via you linked to, the narrator mentions a railway tunnel a few times. Where along the line was this?



Also, was the mine located to the west of the town? The old townsite is easy enough to find on the topo maps but the mine ruins are not marked. 


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:28:00 +1000
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

 

Hi Sam, all,
 I have uploaded a small selection to this photobucket folder:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/library/Magnet
The photos have brief captions.
The videos are too big to upload and I don't have any editing software to remove the boring commentary anyway.
Cheers,
 Mark K



On 23/04/2013 6:09 PM, Sam Laybutt wrote:

I am most definitely interested in seeing a selection of your images, Mark! :)

 

Keen to watch that youtube vid when I get home from work too...


Sam


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:29:38 +1000
Subject: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

 

Hi all,
Mark Fry was kind enough to pass on a copy of this film to me at the
Aus Narrow Gauge Convention over Easter, and I have since found it has
already been uploaded to Youtube:
http://youtu.be/ADYFY6xisAY

I spent a couple of days towards the middle of March exploring Magnet
and drove whilst videoing the track bed from Waratah to the mine, not
really a viable track to drive unless you don't mind scratching your 4WD
due to overgrowth.
Gee that track is dark and dank until it levels with the Arthur River.
Historic photos show the hillsides bare of trees, the regrowth has
closed in successfully, so it is hard to pick out locations where photos
of the train was taken.
The valley where the mine and town was is thoroughly revegetated
predominately with Celery Top Pine too.
There are still some fantastic remains at the mine site, uprights from
the concentrating shed, brick foundations from the crusher, concrete
foundations from the hydro powerhouse and auxilliary power plant, a
small stamp mill below the town area, the main adit and the later lower
level trial adit, a pair of boots by the site of a workman's hut,
bottles and bricks at the site of the shops, footbridge abutments,
embankments, the enormous overburden/spoil banks that dominate
everything, rusty mine skips, a vertical boiler and lengths of rail 'up
the gully'. There is still most of a bridge over the Arthur River and of
course most of the earthworks are still more or less intact. I took
around 20 gig of digital media of the line and mine site! I can upload
to photobucket a selection of photos if anyone is interested. A photo of
my camp with the concentrating mill in the background can be seen here:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/media/On-The-Road/20130320_092439a_zpsb2eb5c28.jpg.html

Now I have grandiose plans to model the Magnet Tram and mine/town far
more accurately than I had previously intended.
Regards,
Mark K
who was going to rejoin the LRRSA at the ANGC but there wasn't a stand :(

 


Re: Magnet Town film and adventure

rthorne475
 

For a detailed map see page 173 of Lou Rae's 'A History Of Railways And Tramways On Tasmania's West Coast' 2nd Edition (self-published 1984).

Richard Horne


From: Sam Laybutt
To: "LRRSA@..."
Sent: Tuesday, 23 April 2013, 15:40
Subject: RE: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

 
Brilliant - thanks Mark! Really does give you a sense of the place. Such remote and beautifully atmospheric country. 


In the youtube via you linked to, the narrator mentions a railway tunnel a few times. Where along the line was this?



Also, was the mine located to the west of the town? The old townsite is easy enough to find on the topo maps but the mine ruins are not marked. 


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:28:00 +1000
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

 
Hi Sam, all,
 I have uploaded a small selection to this photobucket folder:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/library/Magnet
The photos have brief captions.
The videos are too big to upload and I don't have any editing software to remove the boring commentary anyway.
Cheers,
 Mark K




On 23/04/2013 6:09 PM, Sam Laybutt wrote:
I am most definitely interested in seeing a selection of your images, Mark! :)

Keen to watch that youtube vid when I get home from work too...

Sam


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:29:38 +1000
Subject: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

 
Hi all,
Mark Fry was kind enough to pass on a copy of this film to me at the
Aus Narrow Gauge Convention over Easter, and I have since found it has
already been uploaded to Youtube:
http://youtu.be/ADYFY6xisAY

I spent a couple of days towards the middle of March exploring Magnet
and drove whilst videoing the track bed from Waratah to the mine, not
really a viable track to drive unless you don't mind scratching your 4WD
due to overgrowth.
Gee that track is dark and dank until it levels with the Arthur River.
Historic photos show the hillsides bare of trees, the regrowth has
closed in successfully, so it is hard to pick out locations where photos
of the train was taken.
The valley where the mine and town was is thoroughly revegetated
predominately with Celery Top Pine too.
There are still some fantastic remains at the mine site, uprights from
the concentrating shed, brick foundations from the crusher, concrete
foundations from the hydro powerhouse and auxilliary power plant, a
small stamp mill below the town area, the main adit and the later lower
level trial adit, a pair of boots by the site of a workman's hut,
bottles and bricks at the site of the shops, footbridge abutments,
embankments, the enormous overburden/spoil banks that dominate
everything, rusty mine skips, a vertical boiler and lengths of rail 'up
the gully'. There is still most of a bridge over the Arthur River and of
course most of the earthworks are still more or less intact. I took
around 20 gig of digital media of the line and mine site! I can upload
to photobucket a selection of photos if anyone is interested. A photo of
my camp with the concentrating mill in the background can be seen here:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/media/On-The-Road/20130320_092439a_zpsb2eb5c28.jpg.html

Now I have grandiose plans to model the Magnet Tram and mine/town far
more accurately than I had previously intended.
Regards,
Mark K
who was going to rejoin the LRRSA at the ANGC but there wasn't a stand :(






Re: Magnet Town film and adventure

Sam Laybutt
 

Brilliant - thanks Mark! Really does give you a sense of the place. Such remote and beautifully atmospheric country. 


In the youtube via you linked to, the narrator mentions a railway tunnel a few times. Where along the line was this?



Also, was the mine located to the west of the town? The old townsite is easy enough to find on the topo maps but the mine ruins are not marked. 


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 23:28:00 +1000
Subject: Re: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

 
Hi Sam, all,
 I have uploaded a small selection to this photobucket folder:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/library/Magnet
The photos have brief captions.
The videos are too big to upload and I don't have any editing software to remove the boring commentary anyway.
Cheers,
 Mark K




On 23/04/2013 6:09 PM, Sam Laybutt wrote:
I am most definitely interested in seeing a selection of your images, Mark! :)

Keen to watch that youtube vid when I get home from work too...

Sam


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:29:38 +1000
Subject: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

 
Hi all,
Mark Fry was kind enough to pass on a copy of this film to me at the
Aus Narrow Gauge Convention over Easter, and I have since found it has
already been uploaded to Youtube:
http://youtu.be/ADYFY6xisAY

I spent a couple of days towards the middle of March exploring Magnet
and drove whilst videoing the track bed from Waratah to the mine, not
really a viable track to drive unless you don't mind scratching your 4WD
due to overgrowth.
Gee that track is dark and dank until it levels with the Arthur River.
Historic photos show the hillsides bare of trees, the regrowth has
closed in successfully, so it is hard to pick out locations where photos
of the train was taken.
The valley where the mine and town was is thoroughly revegetated
predominately with Celery Top Pine too.
There are still some fantastic remains at the mine site, uprights from
the concentrating shed, brick foundations from the crusher, concrete
foundations from the hydro powerhouse and auxilliary power plant, a
small stamp mill below the town area, the main adit and the later lower
level trial adit, a pair of boots by the site of a workman's hut,
bottles and bricks at the site of the shops, footbridge abutments,
embankments, the enormous overburden/spoil banks that dominate
everything, rusty mine skips, a vertical boiler and lengths of rail 'up
the gully'. There is still most of a bridge over the Arthur River and of
course most of the earthworks are still more or less intact. I took
around 20 gig of digital media of the line and mine site! I can upload
to photobucket a selection of photos if anyone is interested. A photo of
my camp with the concentrating mill in the background can be seen here:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/media/On-The-Road/20130320_092439a_zpsb2eb5c28.jpg.html

Now I have grandiose plans to model the Magnet Tram and mine/town far
more accurately than I had previously intended.
Regards,
Mark K
who was going to rejoin the LRRSA at the ANGC but there wasn't a stand :(




Re: Magnet Town film and adventure

Mark Trainbrain
 

Hi Sam, all,
�I have uploaded a small selection to this photobucket folder:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/library/Magnet
The photos have brief captions.
The videos are too big to upload and I don't have any editing software to remove the boring commentary anyway.
Cheers,
�Mark K



On 23/04/2013 6:09 PM, Sam Laybutt wrote:
I am most definitely interested in seeing a selection of your images, Mark! :)

Keen to watch that youtube vid when I get home from work too...

Sam


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:29:38 +1000
Subject: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

�
Hi all,
Mark Fry was kind enough to pass on a copy of this film to me at the
Aus Narrow Gauge Convention over Easter, and I have since found it has
already been uploaded to Youtube:
http://youtu.be/ADYFY6xisAY

I spent a couple of days towards the middle of March exploring Magnet
and drove whilst videoing the track bed from Waratah to the mine, not
really a viable track to drive unless you don't mind scratching your 4WD
due to overgrowth.
Gee that track is dark and dank until it levels with the Arthur River.
Historic photos show the hillsides bare of trees, the regrowth has
closed in successfully, so it is hard to pick out locations where photos
of the train was taken.
The valley where the mine and town was is thoroughly revegetated
predominately with Celery Top Pine too.
There are still some fantastic remains at the mine site, uprights from
the concentrating shed, brick foundations from the crusher, concrete
foundations from the hydro powerhouse and auxilliary power plant, a
small stamp mill below the town area, the main adit and the later lower
level trial adit, a pair of boots by the site of a workman's hut,
bottles and bricks at the site of the shops, footbridge abutments,
embankments, the enormous overburden/spoil banks that dominate
everything, rusty mine skips, a vertical boiler and lengths of rail 'up
the gully'. There is still most of a bridge over the Arthur River and of
course most of the earthworks are still more or less intact. I took
around 20 gig of digital media of the line and mine site! I can upload
to photobucket a selection of photos if anyone is interested. A photo of
my camp with the concentrating mill in the background can be seen here:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/media/On-The-Road/20130320_092439a_zpsb2eb5c28.jpg.html

Now I have grandiose plans to model the Magnet Tram and mine/town far
more accurately than I had previously intended.
Regards,
Mark K
who was going to rejoin the LRRSA at the ANGC but there wasn't a stand :(




Re: Condong Mill

Ellis Thornley <ellist@...>
 

Before the road by-passed Mooball, they sold the best Hamburgers ;-)

-----Original Message-----
From: LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au [mailto:LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au] On Behalf
Of rnveditor
Sent: Tuesday, 23 April 2013 9:34 PM
To: LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au
Subject: [LRRSA] Re: Condong Mill

Almost certainly I meant Crabbes Creek: that name appeared in my notepad.
I don't know where I got Mooball from (although it is in the area) when I
captioned the slide mounts over 40 years ago. I don't think that I reached
the end of 1970 still captioning.

Mooball hit the consciousness recently: the pub is famous.
I have driven that way very few times in my life; IIRC the most recent was
1978. Like most Victorians, I stick to the Newell.

I did drive past the mill once: but either out of season, or late at night.

Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor

Eddie Oliver <eoliver@...> when you say Mooball, do you mean Crabbes Creek?




------------------------------------

Material posted on this group may be adapted by the editors of LRRSA
publications for use in those publications, including Light Railways and the
LRRSA web-site www.lrrsa.org.au

This group is for members who share common interests with the members of the
LRRSA, but the contents of postings are those of their authors and opinions
expressed do not necessarily conform with those of any LRRSA member nor of
the LRRSA Council of Management"
Yahoo!7 Groups Links


Re: Condong Mill

Roderick Smith
 

Almost certainly I meant Crabbes Creek: that name appeared in my notepad.
I don't know where I got Mooball from (although it is in the area) when I captioned the slide mounts over 40 years ago. I don't think that I reached the end of 1970 still captioning.

Mooball hit the consciousness recently: the pub is famous.
I have driven that way very few times in my life; IIRC the most recent was 1978. Like most Victorians, I stick to the Newell.

I did drive past the mill once: but either out of season, or late at night.

Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor

Eddie Oliver <eoliver@...> when you say Mooball, do you mean Crabbes Creek?


section car driver wanted

John Peterson
 

Hello,

The Loxton Historical Village near Renmark SA is an interesting place that has among other things the only remains of a Caillet monorail in the world; the subject of a future article in Light Railways.

They run a Fairmont section car on their open days but need more volunteer drivers. If you are interested in helping out occasionally please contact them via the volunteer link at the site:


http://www.loxtonhistoricalvillage.com.au/

Cheers
John P


Re: Condong Mill [4 Attachments]

Eddie Oliver <eoliver@...>
 

when you say Mooball, do you mean Crabbes Creek?


Re: Condong Mill [4 Attachments]

Barry Campbell
 

AFAIK MV Leo was a Richmond River tug.  Barging of cane ceased at Condong pretty much after the Cudgen link line was built about 1959.  The Broadwater mill on the Richmond River used barges up until the introduction of mechanical harvesting which required a wholesale re equipping of the cane transport system.  ISTR Leo being used with sand barges in 1980 at Wyrallah on the Richmond River.

 

 

 

From: LRRSA@... [mailto:LRRSA@...] On Behalf Of Roderick Smith
Sent: Tuesday, 23 April 2013 9:34 AM
To: transportdownunder@...; LRRSA@...; qrig@...
Subject: [LRRSA] Condong Mill [4 Attachments]

 

 

[Attachment(s) from Roderick Smith included below]

To 'transportdownunder@...'; LRRSA@...;
'qrig@...'
Condong Mill is in northern NSW, and seems to have more in common with
Queensland than its own state (gauge and nature of operation).
IIRC it is on Clarence River.
LRRSA has published quite a lot about it through the years.
Enclosed: two photos which I grabbed when riding to & from Murwillumbah on a
two-car diesel in Jan.70, my first awareness of the mill.
Condong also had tramways feeding the riverbank; cane was taken by barge to
the mill.
PV 'Hebe' started life as a cane tug, screw driven. It went to Murray River
(SA) and was converted to paddle propulsion. It is used to tow a barge
conveying excavation equipment for work on marinas. In this photo, it is
part of the 2003 Randell Cadell 150th anniversary fleet from Goolwa to
Echuca.
MV 'Leo' is another former tug, now operating at Goolwa SA.

PS 'Maid of Sker' was one of the boats which carried processed sugar from
Benowa to Brisbane for Nerang Central Sugar Mill. It also served sugar mills
along other south-coast
rivers. It has been mentioned recently in qrig & LRRSA:
Maid of Sker - The last of the fleet:
www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2013/04/16/3737928.htm?site=goldcoast
Hunting heritage histories: Gold Coast heritage sites explored: Similar
South Coast histories www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/01/18/3672201.htm
2006: We are starting a project for the Gold Coast City Council restoring
an 1800's paddle steamer the "Maid of Sker" this 80' vessel used to run
from Brisbane down to Southport and Nerang and all points in between, we
are going to shift her to a better site in the park and restore her.
Unfortunately there is not enough money to put her back on the river,(any
one got a spare million).
A few years back, just after the most recent restoration, I went and had a
look and took some pics for the forum (they didn't come out well, which is
why I never posted them). Sadly, when they moved the boat they cut off the
bottom of the full. There is nothing below the waterline mark (which rests
on the ground). This means it can never be restored to operational
conditions & they've destroyed a lot of the remaining original material.
See www.paddleducks.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=6276.0, and use the search
function to find other references/photos at the site. It is open access.

Roderick B Smith
Rail News Editor


Re: Condong Mill [4 Attachments]

Bruce Wood
 

Hi Roderick,

Thank-you for sharing your pictures. I particularly like the picture of the Crabbes Creek cane transfer siding. This location I feel is the most fascinating location in NSW, for a standard gauge / two foot gauge interchange. The post WWII era would have been seen a classic mix of all the big names of tramway motive power, unfortunately there does not appear to be many photos in existence recording the history.

Since the closure of the standard gauge Murwillumbah branch, this location today is an overgrown jungle, and very snakey. I probably visit the location once a year, and it is even hard to get to where the concrete slab was situated for the gantry.

Cheers

Bruce

 

Sent: Tuesday, April 23, 2013 9:33 AM
Subject: [LRRSA] Condong Mill [4 Attachments]
 
 

To mailto:%26%2339%3Btransportdownunder%40yahoogroups.com'; mailto:LRRSA%40yahoogroups.com.au;
mailto:%26%2339%3Bqrig%40yahoogroups.com'
Condong Mill is in northern NSW, and seems to have more in common with
Queensland than its own state (gauge and nature of operation).
IIRC it is on Clarence River.
LRRSA has published quite a lot about it through the years.
Enclosed: two photos which I grabbed when riding to & from Murwillumbah on a
two-car diesel in Jan.70, my first awareness of the mill.
Condong also had tramways feeding the riverbank; cane was taken by barge to
the mill.
PV 'Hebe' started life as a cane tug, screw driven. It went to Murray River
(SA) and was converted to paddle propulsion. It is used to tow a barge
conveying excavation equipment for work on marinas. In this photo, it is
part of the 2003 Randell Cadell 150th anniversary fleet from Goolwa to
Echuca.
MV 'Leo' is another former tug, now operating at Goolwa SA.

PS 'Maid of Sker' was one of the boats which carried processed sugar from
Benowa to Brisbane for Nerang Central Sugar Mill. It also served sugar mills
along other south-coast
rivers. It has been mentioned recently in qrig & LRRSA:
Maid of Sker - The last of the fleet:
www.abc.net.au/local/audio/2013/04/16/3737928.htm?site=goldcoast
Hunting heritage histories: Gold Coast heritage sites explored: Similar
South Coast histories www.abc.net.au/local/stories/2013/01/18/3672201.htm
2006: We are starting a project for the Gold Coast City Council restoring
an 1800's paddle steamer the "Maid of Sker" this 80' vessel used to run
from Brisbane down to Southport and Nerang and all points in between, we
are going to shift her to a better site in the park and restore her.
Unfortunately there is not enough money to put her back on the river,(any
one got a spare million).
A few years back, just after the most recent restoration, I went and had a
look and took some pics for the forum (they didn't come out well, which is
why I never posted them). Sadly, when they moved the boat they cut off the
bottom of the full. There is nothing below the waterline mark (which rests
on the ground). This means it can never be restored to operational
conditions & they've destroyed a lot of the remaining original material.
See www.paddleducks.co.uk/smf/index.php?topic=6276.0, and use the search
function to find other references/photos at the site. It is open access.

Roderick B Smith
Rail News Editor


Re: Magnet Town film and adventure

Sam Laybutt
 

I am most definitely interested in seeing a selection of your images, Mark! :)

Keen to watch that youtube vid when I get home from work too...

Sam


To: LRRSA@...
From: trainbrain@...
Date: Tue, 23 Apr 2013 17:29:38 +1000
Subject: [LRRSA] Magnet Town film and adventure

 
Hi all,
Mark Fry was kind enough to pass on a copy of this film to me at the
Aus Narrow Gauge Convention over Easter, and I have since found it has
already been uploaded to Youtube:
http://youtu.be/ADYFY6xisAY

I spent a couple of days towards the middle of March exploring Magnet
and drove whilst videoing the track bed from Waratah to the mine, not
really a viable track to drive unless you don't mind scratching your 4WD
due to overgrowth.
Gee that track is dark and dank until it levels with the Arthur River.
Historic photos show the hillsides bare of trees, the regrowth has
closed in successfully, so it is hard to pick out locations where photos
of the train was taken.
The valley where the mine and town was is thoroughly revegetated
predominately with Celery Top Pine too.
There are still some fantastic remains at the mine site, uprights from
the concentrating shed, brick foundations from the crusher, concrete
foundations from the hydro powerhouse and auxilliary power plant, a
small stamp mill below the town area, the main adit and the later lower
level trial adit, a pair of boots by the site of a workman's hut,
bottles and bricks at the site of the shops, footbridge abutments,
embankments, the enormous overburden/spoil banks that dominate
everything, rusty mine skips, a vertical boiler and lengths of rail 'up
the gully'. There is still most of a bridge over the Arthur River and of
course most of the earthworks are still more or less intact. I took
around 20 gig of digital media of the line and mine site! I can upload
to photobucket a selection of photos if anyone is interested. A photo of
my camp with the concentrating mill in the background can be seen here:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/media/On-The-Road/20130320_092439a_zpsb2eb5c28.jpg.html

Now I have grandiose plans to model the Magnet Tram and mine/town far
more accurately than I had previously intended.
Regards,
Mark K
who was going to rejoin the LRRSA at the ANGC but there wasn't a stand :(



Magnet Town film and adventure

Mark Trainbrain
 

Hi all,
Mark Fry was kind enough to pass on a copy of this film to me at the Aus Narrow Gauge Convention over Easter, and I have since found it has already been uploaded to Youtube:
http://youtu.be/ADYFY6xisAY

I spent a couple of days towards the middle of March exploring Magnet and drove whilst videoing the track bed from Waratah to the mine, not really a viable track to drive unless you don't mind scratching your 4WD due to overgrowth.
Gee that track is dark and dank until it levels with the Arthur River. Historic photos show the hillsides bare of trees, the regrowth has closed in successfully, so it is hard to pick out locations where photos of the train was taken.
The valley where the mine and town was is thoroughly revegetated predominately with Celery Top Pine too.
There are still some fantastic remains at the mine site, uprights from the concentrating shed, brick foundations from the crusher, concrete foundations from the hydro powerhouse and auxilliary power plant, a small stamp mill below the town area, the main adit and the later lower level trial adit, a pair of boots by the site of a workman's hut, bottles and bricks at the site of the shops, footbridge abutments, embankments, the enormous overburden/spoil banks that dominate everything, rusty mine skips, a vertical boiler and lengths of rail 'up the gully'. There is still most of a bridge over the Arthur River and of course most of the earthworks are still more or less intact. I took around 20 gig of digital media of the line and mine site! I can upload to photobucket a selection of photos if anyone is interested. A photo of my camp with the concentrating mill in the background can be seen here:
http://s418.photobucket.com/user/Burra2a/media/On-The-Road/20130320_092439a_zpsb2eb5c28.jpg.html

Now I have grandiose plans to model the Magnet Tram and mine/town far more accurately than I had previously intended.
Regards,
Mark K
who was going to rejoin the LRRSA at the ANGC but there wasn't a stand :(


IH&LC railway Dapto

Chris Stratton
 

While out at Kanahooka this morning I had a look at where the Illawarra Harbour & Land Corporation railway used to run from the smelter at Kanahooka, something I’d been going to do for a long time, when I got a round tuit. The right-of –way has never been built on and is easy to follow. I only walked from Kanahooka Rd to just past Fields St, the line continued from there into what is now the Eleebana Reserve, where it turned south following the creek between Bambil Cres and Culgoa Cres, crossed Byamee St and continued through the current reserve to Fowlers Rd where it joined the line from Elizabeth Point and continued west along Fowlers Rd then crossed the Illawara line and headed to the mine at Wongawilli. There was a junction with the main line, some of the rails were still in place when I photographed them about two years ago as a short length of the line had been retained as a siding into the Avondale Colliery depot which was located on Marshall St. According to a book I have the line was was pulled up in the mid to late 1930s.

 

Regards,

CS

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gm4201

 


Re: Condong Mill [4 Attachments]

Chris Stratton
 

Condong is on the Tweed River. Grafton is on the Clarence. We had to
memorise NSW rivers and the main town on each when I was at primary school.
I have a recollection of doing a tour of Condong Mill in 1971 or 1972 while
on a family holiday to the Gold Coast.
I also did a tour of Moreton Mill at Nambour in 1988, back when you were
allowed to do such things.

Regards,
CS

-----Original Message-----
From: LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au [mailto:LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au]
On Behalf Of Roderick Smith
Sent: Tuesday, 23 April 2013 9:34 AM
To: transportdownunder@yahoogroups.com; LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au;
qrig@yahoogroups.com
Subject: [LRRSA] Condong Mill [4 Attachments]

To 'transportdownunder@yahoogroups.com'; LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au;
'qrig@yahoogroups.com'
Condong Mill is in northern NSW, and seems to have more in common with
Queensland than its own state (gauge and nature of operation).
IIRC it is on Clarence River.
LRRSA has published quite a lot about it through the years.

4081 - 4100 of 10238