Tasmanian Railways Q&A

 
  Richard66 Beginner

I will be in Hobart in a couple of months and was wondering whether there were any railway sites of interest within walking distance or a bus ride from the CBD.  And are there any exQR locos still around?  If so, where would I see them.

Thanks

Richard

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  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Closest railway sites of interest to the Hobart CBD (all require bus rides):
  • Tasmanian Transport Museum, Glenorchy (open weekends & public holidays)
  • Brighton Hub Yard, Rogerville (either bus to Bridgewater or Brighton and then, a fair walk unfortunately)
  • Derwent Valley Railway, New Norfolk (open Wed. afternoons or Saturdays - Driscolls bus to north side of the river).


Unfortunately no ex Q.R. locos seen in the south anymore (or very rarely). They are either stored withdrawn at East Tamar Junction workshops (ex QR 2350 (ZB); 1 preserved 1300 (ZC); rebuilt ex 1300 / 2350 (MKA / ZP/ZR); withdrawn 1460 (DQ) and 2150's (2050)) none of which are really accessible, or DQ's (r/b 1460 / 1502) working the Melba (ex EBR) Line out of Burnie.

Hope this helps?
  tasrail Moderator

Location: Hobart
Derwent Valley Railway, New Norfolk (open Wed. afternoons or Saturdays - Driscolls bus to north side of the river).
12CSVT
They are actually "O'Driscoll Coaches" and these services/website are also branded as "Derwent Valley Link"
  Richard66 Beginner

Thanks all - will see what I can get to closer to the time.  Thanks for your assistance.
  X32 Beginner

Location: Hobart
Hi everyone. A slightly unusual question here. I am well into modelling in Trainz simulation software the Hobart suburban system as it existed prior to withdrawal of suburban services. I have basic trackwork in place all the way to Bridgewater Jn and I have the Hobart yards roughed out. I have track diagrams but I cannot find any drawings of the 1950's Hobart station building that was wrapped around the still-standing stone building currently occupied by the ABC. I am also after drawings of the platforms. Architectural drawings would be great, then I could produce a proper 3D model. I have a request in with Archives but it occurred to me that someone out there may already have the drawings. My memory of the building is somewhat faded even though I commuted through it for three years.
  X32 Beginner

Location: Hobart
Well my last question was obviously too hard so I will wait to see what archives comes up with.

In the meantime a simpler question. I can see in some photos that there was at one time what looks like a concrete batch plant near the Hobart Station carriage roads (not the batch plant that used to be behind the Royal Engineer's Building). Does anyone have any photos of this and can anyone please tell me if it was serviced by a rail siding for bulk cement wagons?
  tasrail Moderator

Location: Hobart
Well my last question was obviously too hard so I will wait to see what archives comes up with.

In the meantime a simpler question. I can see in some photos that there was at one time what looks like a concrete batch plant near the Hobart Station carriage roads (not the batch plant that used to be behind the Royal Engineer's Building). Does anyone have any photos of this and can anyone please tell me if it was serviced by a rail siding for bulk cement wagons?
X32
Yes, there was a dead end siding with flexible pipes that disappeared into the ground for pneumatic unloading. It was usually occupied by two to four BC wagons, although the odd TB also made an appearance. I do have photos that show the area, but they aren't mine to distribute publicly.
  X32 Beginner

Location: Hobart
Thanks for that. I do have an aerial photo but the quality is not good enough to make out the details.

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