Distance indications

 
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

In New South Wales there are km posts and markings on some infrastructure to indicate the distance by rail from Sydney to that location.

Do all Australian states have these?

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  Clyde Goodwin Junior Train Controller

Yes usualy measured from the Major terminal station in the Capital City
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Yes usualy measured from the Major terminal station in the Capital City
Clyde Goodwin
Not always measured from Major Terminal Stations
In SA Zero Datum point is at Keswick Loop  with mileage Increasing toward Melbourne (southbound) and Increasing towards Crystal Brook (Northbound) http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf%20files/ARTC/AR102.pdf
For the Northern Lines Zero Datum is at Coonamia (Near Port Pirie) with mileage Increasing towards Parkeston (WA), and Increasing towards Broken Hill http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf%20files/ARTC/AR080.pdf

SA-Trackandsignal is an excellent reference site for mileage markers http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/index.htm
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Thanks Clyde Goodwin and Pressman.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Not always measured from Major Terminal Stations
In SA Zero Datum point is at Keswick Loop  with mileage Increasing toward Melbourne (southbound) and Increasing towards Crystal Brook (Northbound) http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf%20files/ARTC/AR102.pdf
For the Northern Lines Zero Datum is at Coonamia (Near Port Pirie) with mileage Increasing towards Parkeston (WA), and Increasing towards Broken Hill http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf%20files/ARTC/AR080.pdf

SA-Trackandsignal is an excellent reference site for mileage markers http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/index.htm
Pressman
Any theory behind why Coonamia was chosen ?

Or was It once at Port Pirie Station before the Port Pirie - Broken Hill line was rebuilt to standard gauge.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Not always measured from Major Terminal Stations
In SA Zero Datum point is at Keswick Loop  with mileage Increasing toward Melbourne (southbound) and Increasing towards Crystal Brook (Northbound) http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf%20files/ARTC/AR102.pdf
For the Northern Lines Zero Datum is at Coonamia (Near Port Pirie) with mileage Increasing towards Parkeston (WA), and Increasing towards Broken Hill http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/Pdf%20files/ARTC/AR080.pdf

SA-Trackandsignal is an excellent reference site for mileage markers http://www.sa-trackandsignal.net/index.htm
Any theory behind why Coonamia was chosen ?

Or was It once at Port Pirie Station before the Port Pirie - Broken Hill line was rebuilt to standard gauge.
Nightfire
Interesting point Nightfire,
The Port Pirie - Broken Hill line was the old South Australian Railways (both NG and SG was in the SAR era)
The Port Pirie - Port Augusta/Parkeston was the old Commonwealth Railways

Coonamia was near the point were north bound SG trains left the SAR and entered CR territory
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Kilometre posts west of Toowoomba show distance from Toowoomba not Brisbane. The 671 km was in the Charleville Wyandra section and if you add the 161 km Brisbane Toowoomba by rail, that is correct. The 671 post observed in 1991 about an hour south of Charleville from onboard the Westlander to Cunnamulla. Wyandra is 874 km from Brisbane. Charleville was about 482 miles from Brisbane and Wyandra was about 544 miles from Brisbane so what I saw were KM not left over mile posts.
  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
In New South Wales there are km posts and markings on some infrastructure to indicate the distance by rail from Sydney to that location.

Do all Australian states have these?
Spletsie
Before we changed to the metric system, the distances shown on the Overhead wire masts was in YARDS so you needed to be able to do your maths to work out what the location was.
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

Kilometre posts west of Toowoomba show distance from Toowoomba not Brisbane. The 671 km was in the Charleville Wyandra section and if you add the 161 km Brisbane Toowoomba by rail, that is correct. The 671 post observed in 1991 about an hour south of Charleville from onboard the Westlander to Cunnamulla. Wyandra is 874 km from Brisbane. Charleville was about 482 miles from Brisbane and Wyandra was about 544 miles from Brisbane so what I saw were KM not left over mile posts.
petan
Do you know if other lines in Queensland are marked from different locations?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
In New South Wales there are km posts and markings on some infrastructure to indicate the distance by rail from Sydney to that location.

Do all Australian states have these?
Before we changed to the metric system, the distances shown on the Overhead wire masts was in YARDS so you needed to be able to do your maths to work out what the location was.
gordon_s1942
Yards !

Wouldn't It be Miles, Chains and Links ?
  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
Kilometre posts west of Toowoomba show distance from Toowoomba not Brisbane. The 671 km was in the Charleville Wyandra section and if you add the 161 km Brisbane Toowoomba by rail, that is correct. The 671 post observed in 1991 about an hour south of Charleville from onboard the Westlander to Cunnamulla. Wyandra is 874 km from Brisbane. Charleville was about 482 miles from Brisbane and Wyandra was about 544 miles from Brisbane so what I saw were KM not left over mile posts.
Do you know if other lines in Queensland are marked from different locations?
Spletsie
Sorry, no sure but hopefully some Railpage person who lives along those lines will read a rail distance post and thus realise if it is the distance from the coastal terminus or the full distance from Brisbane. That is all that is needed. Those researching this topic might even spot a KM post on Google Street view on a QLD line or notice similar on someones' photo website?
  br30453 Chief Train Controller

Kilometre posts west of Toowoomba show distance from Toowoomba not Brisbane. The 671 km was in the Charleville Wyandra section and if you add the 161 km Brisbane Toowoomba by rail, that is correct. The 671 post observed in 1991 about an hour south of Charleville from onboard the Westlander to Cunnamulla. Wyandra is 874 km from Brisbane. Charleville was about 482 miles from Brisbane and Wyandra was about 544 miles from Brisbane so what I saw were KM not left over mile posts.
Do you know if other lines in Queensland are marked from different locations?
Sorry, no sure but hopefully some Railpage person who lives along those lines will read a rail distance post and thus realise if it is the distance from the coastal terminus or the full distance from Brisbane. That is all that is needed. Those researching this topic might even spot a KM post on Google Street view on a QLD line or notice similar on someones' photo website?
petan
Distances on the main lines are measured from Roma Street and those on the branches are from the junction point.
The Main Lines with distances from Brisbane (Roma street) are:
Roma street to Toowoomba and then continuing to Wallangarra.
Gold Coast Line, Roma Street to Varsity Lakes.
North Coast Line Roma street to Cairns.

The other "main lines":
Western Line from Toowoomba to Cunnamulla.
Central Line from the junction with the North Coat Line at Rocklands.
Great Northern Line from the junction with the North Coast line at Stuart
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Distances on the main lines are measured from Roma Street and those on the branches are from the junction point.
The Main Lines with distances from Brisbane (Roma street) are:
Roma street to Toowoomba and then continuing to Wallangarra.
Gold Coast Line, Roma Street to Varsity Lakes.
North Coast Line Roma street to Cairns.

The other "main lines":
Western Line from Toowoomba to Cunnamulla.
Central Line from the junction with the North Coat Line at Rocklands.
Great Northern Line from the junction with the North Coast line at Stuart
br30453

Thanks! Well said, saves me thinking about it and working out how to word it! Wink
  gordon_s1942 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Tablelands of NSW
In New South Wales there are km posts and markings on some infrastructure to indicate the distance by rail from Sydney to that location.

Do all Australian states have these?
Before we changed to the metric system, the distances shown on the Overhead wire masts was in YARDS so you needed to be able to do your maths to work out what the location was.
Yards !

Wouldn't It be Miles, Chains and Links ?

Nightfire
I was told in it was Yards as it certainly wasnt in Miles/yards and Chains like the kilometres are today.  The colour light signals were done in Miles and tenths with the odd number being on the Down and the  UP even so 100.2 was 99 miles and 2/10ths from Sydney on the Up main while 99.03 was on the Down.

One other change was getting rid of the 3/4 mile post.
In metric you just have a Half and a Kilometre post showing the distance now
  raymond Deputy Commissioner

Location: Gladstone, Queensland
Roma St platform 10 about half way along there are white paint lines painted across the rails(not on top),that is the zero marker.




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