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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Wed Nov 14, 2018 3:39 pm

OFF-TRAM-ROUTE ROSETTES
There are two on Kent Street, between Bathurst and Druitt, one on the corner of Druitt and Kent, and one in Goulburn St., between Sussex and Dixon.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby boronia » Wed Nov 14, 2018 5:22 pm

Then they won't be tram remnants.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby matthewg » Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:03 am

boronia wrote:Then they won't be tram remnants.


The same method of attachment was used to hold up street lighting. There are two levels of Rosettes on the façade of the YMCA building at Loftus. The high one was for a street light, not suspending the tramway overhead.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby 2112Y » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:20 pm

I do remember that it used to have street lights that hung between buildings in the city during the late 60's and early 70's until replaced by modern street lighting.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Tue May 21, 2019 11:59 am

The current exhibition of old Sydney maps at Customs House is worth a visit from tram fans. One of the maps appears to show a siding in Albion Street, off the Crown Street line. Keenan doesn't mention it. Are there any other references to it?
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:48 pm

PHOTOS....
State Library has a photo exhibition (Sept. 2019) of the exhumation of Devonshire Street Cemetery, using steam trams, and the construction of Sydney Central Station.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:53 pm

YARRA JUNCTION.
Looking south toward La Perouse, at the intersection of Anzac Parade and Canara Ave. Phillip Bay, on 11.9.19. The curved rockface follows the alignment of what was the Sprinvale Line turnout.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:55 pm

SPRINGVALE LINE.
The side wall of 1a Yarra Road is stepped in order to follow the curved property boundary of what was the Springvale Line, climbing the hill toward Yarra Junction. Taken 11.9.19.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Wed Sep 11, 2019 3:56 pm

SPRINGVALE LINE.
This depression in the bush, about 90m SE of the Bunnerong Rd. / Military Rd. junction appears to be the remains of the southern end of the Springvale Line cutting. This section of the line was closed in 1935. Further investigation would require some serious bush slashing. The white markers roughly define the track centreline. Taken 11.9.19.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Sun Sep 15, 2019 3:34 pm

SPRINGVALE LINE

The little tram bridge over what I will call Yarra Creek (between Little Bay Rd. and Yarra Rd) was built for the opening of the Springvale line in 1902. The line was closed in 1935 when the bridge was found to be structurally unsound (Keenan). The abutment(s ?) subsequently fell into the stream. I photographed the remains there (seen here) in August 2009.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby boronia » Sun Sep 15, 2019 4:18 pm

The tracks from Matraville to Yarra Junction were pretty much intact into the late 1950s. I walked along it a couple of times. There was a deviation off Bunnerong Rd behind the sandhill near Military Rd, then it crossed over to the cemetery side near Little Bay Rd.

Much of the Tram Museum's early track came from this area.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby Stu » Sun Sep 15, 2019 10:03 pm

Slightly off topic: there is a small bridge over Bunnerong Creek next to Military Rd near Bumborah Pt Rd, Port Botany that has sleepers and rails attached. Google maps shows the rails are visible in the short grass/dirt. This corridor passes behind STA Port Botany Depot and is over grown with grass and mostly trees, it appears to be in the Ports Authority owned land that is leased to TYNE ACFS container depot.

Looking at photos of the former Bunnerong power station, it looks like the branch line from the nearby and current goods line.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Mon Sep 16, 2019 2:26 pm

^^^It is indeed one of the Bunnerong Power Station sidings. It's extant behind the Admin building in Botany Cemetery. There's a recent pic in the "Where is it" thread.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby boronia » Mon Sep 16, 2019 3:28 pm

There was a line across Military Rd that served to oil refinery next to the cemetery.
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Re: Old Sydney Tram Remnants

Postby lunchbox » Tue Sep 17, 2019 1:53 pm

^^^^^^^I recall it as the Total Oil depot. It would have been a steep climb from Foreshore Road! Lindsaybridge has a photo of it, probably on the Flikr website.
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