Edinburgh Gardens Fitzroy North 1973

 
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  Bethungra Train Controller

Could this be a fake shot?  Why would a freight train being using the branch to the gardens?

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  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Because the Freight line to Fitzroy went through the middle of the gardens.

There was another thread a year or so back which showed an X Class at Fitzroy.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Was there a freight depot in the gardens ?

There was the north fitzroy yard and grain handling. Did not know there was also a yard at fitzroy.

Thanks for posting the photo.
  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
There was a substantial rail yard at Fitzroy, and originally there may have been a station building there. The yard mostly handled briquette and later wood traffic and in the end a box factory. The yard was bounded by Napier Street, Jamieson Street/Alfred Crescent and Queens Parade.

Part of the park was also the yard itself. The remainder of the yard is now a housing development. There are people around (on another forum) who actually drove a B Class diesel down to that yard.

This is a good photo of it taken back in the thirties: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/20700

You can see the yard at the bottom left of the photo, with the existing Fitzroy Football ground prominent in the photo. The long light coloured shed was the briquette depot and you can see a steam locomotive in the bottom left.

If you have Google Earth, then go to the northern end of the gardens and where the old track crosses Alfred Crescent, place a Streetview marker at that point and you will see the old rails still in place, embedded on the road.
  nscaler69 Deputy Commissioner

Location: There are no stupid questions, but there are a lot of inquisitive idiots.
Bethungra have a look at this thread: https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11370507.htm Fitzroy and North Fitzroy goods yard
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Bethungra have a look at this thread: https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11370507.htm Fitzroy and North Fitzroy goods yard
nscaler69

Thanks.  Been hard getting onto this site for hours.
  trainbrain Chief Commissioner

The old foobridge that you see in the photos at Fitzroy is now located at Moorooduc...............
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
If you have Google Earth, then go to the northern end of the gardens and where the old track crosses Alfred Crescent, place a Streetview marker at that point and you will see the old rails still in place, embedded on the road.
TheBlacksmith
Here is a photo taken on 11/12/2014, looking south into the park from Alfred Crescent.

You can walk the alignment (it's a pedestrian and bike path now) up to the junction with the Inner Circle line - the crossing of Scotchmer Street is similar, but the St Georges Road crossing has had the rails removed.

For AFL Fans - the Football Field next to the former rail yard was the home of the Fitzroy Football Club until 1966. They then used a number of grounds until the 1966 merger with the then Brisbane Bears.


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  TheBlacksmith Chief Commissioner

Location: Ankh Morpork
Here is another view, primarily of the old Fitzroy Football Ground, but clearly showing the yards in the background, and the word 'Briquettes' clearly painted on the side of the shed. Briquettes were first commercially manufactured in Victoria beginning in 1924, and the photo here was taken 1925-26 so the shed would have been near new: http://handle.slv.vic.gov.au/10381/21174            

Note the football ground has a fence around it that is no longer in existence. My father-in-law used to live across the other side of Brunswick Street, in the two storey house just to the left of the tram.
  ARodH Chief Train Controller

Location: East Oakleigh, Vic
Well, going by that photo and the measuring tool on google maps, I believe that's a 437 metre slice of the yard and roadside wall of the briquette shed is ~190 metres long, the trackside wall probably is 180 metres due to the site not being a perfect rectangle from the aligment of Queens Parade.
How am I getting those measurements? I used elements that are still present, the footy ground grandstand & tennis courts and the roads.
  raudteejaam Junior Train Controller

Here is a photo taken on 11/12/2014, looking south into the park from Alfred Crescent.

You can walk the alignment (it's a pedestrian and bike path now) up to the junction with the Inner Circle line - the crossing of Scotchmer Street is similar, but the St Georges Road crossing has had the rails removed.

For AFL Fans - the Football Field next to the former rail yard was the home of the Fitzroy Football Club until 1966. They then used a number of grounds until the 1966 merger with the then Brisbane Bears.


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mikesyd

I think you mean the 1996/97 merger...Brisbane didn't exist as a club in 1966! They came about in 1987.

The Fitzroy Football Club still use the Edinburgh Gardens ground (officially Brunswick St Oval) at the moment, albeit in the amateur competition. But for some Roy-boy diehards who didn't follow them to Brisvegas, the Amateurs are still Fitzroy through-and-through!
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia
Here are some earlier shots of the same area, dating from 2009.
  Calgully Deputy Commissioner

Location:
Could this be a fake shot?  Why would a freight train being using the branch to the gardens?

Bethungra

Very plausibly real.

In about 1980 I 'footcaded' a B-class hauled train that looked a lot like that all the way from Royal Park to Fitzroy and back.  It was before I had a camera so no record of it sadly.  IIRC it was a once-weekly train that ran on a Tuesday I think.  Clearly because I was able to 'footcade' it was clearly not a speedy service.  I think it had to stop at all the level crossings along the way.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Very plausibly real.

In about 1980 I 'footcaded' a B-class hauled train that looked a lot like that all the way from Royal Park to Fitzroy and back.  It was before I had a camera so no record of it sadly.  IIRC it was a once-weekly train that ran on a Tuesday I think.  Clearly because I was able to 'footcade' it was clearly not a speedy service.  I think it had to stop at all the level crossings along the way.
Calgully

What was the loading/consist?

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