Darwin Observations (Was: Fun at Berrimah)

 
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Are you referring to the 2 tracks on the wharf or at the passenger terminal ?

There is a vehicle loading ramp near the fuel storage tanks that is used by GSR to on and off load vehicles off the Ghan. There is no vehicle loading and unloading at the wharf.

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  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
G'day all,
Just noticed on Google Maps that there is an additional siding down at the wharf end.  Does anyone know how long it has been there and how often it is used?
Seems to be for a vehicle holding area.  Is this for vehicles coming off ships in Darwin or is it just a storage area for vehicles coming up from the south?
Cheers, Ike
"mikeike"


Are you referring to the single siding that crosses the main access road In to the wharf area (port restricted area) and ends at a a wharf side shed (can't tell If It goes Inside)

There are motor cars lined up next to the siding.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter

Are you referring to the single siding that crosses the main access road In to the wharf area (port restricted area) and ends at a a wharf side shed (can't tell If It goes Inside)
"Nightfire"

The clinker goes in there.
  Wiseone Locomotive Fireman

Location: Darwin. NT
G'day all,
Just noticed on Google Maps that there is an additional siding down at the wharf end.  Does anyone know how long it has been there and how often it is used?
Seems to be for a vehicle holding area.  Is this for vehicles coming off ships in Darwin or is it just a storage area for vehicles coming up from the south?
Cheers, Ike
"mikeike"


I can tell you from personal experience that there has not been any new or additional sidings in the Darwin environ for the last 34 months. Every track at Berrimah is used daily.

If you are referring to the siding heading into Giacci, then this is used 5 days a week to unload copper. P&O sidings have been there since the start and are used to shunt wagons up the wharf and for repairs.

3 road is the newest and has been in place for about 3.5 years.
  mikeike Station Staff

Location: Port Macquarie
If you are referring to the siding heading into Giacci, then this is used 5 days a week to unload copper. P&O sidings have been there since the start and are used to shunt wagons up the wharf and for repairs.

3 road is the newest and has been in place for about 3.5 years.[/quote]

That will be the one.  Goes to show how out of touch I am if it's been sitting there for over 3 years!

Cheers
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Sighting Mon 03/09/2012

1155hrs southbound freight train leaving Darwin, appeared to have a pair of GWA class up front. (Sighted from the window of a QANTAS Boeing 767 as we descended into Darwin).
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
I had a drive past Berrimah yard today. It was hard to find somewhere with a good view. There were a couple of locos in the yard, looked like a GWA + an ALF and a crew car, all in GWA livery.
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
The best view of the yard is provided by parking near the main gate to the terminal and going for a walk up the big man made hill right next to it, that's if it ain't been removed in the last 12 months. There is also not a bad view, pending on how the tree's have grown in the last 12 months is a look out called The TDZ Lookout or hill. To get to it, as you take the road towards the terminal gate, take the 1st street on the left. There should be a big sign half way along that road on the left, take the walking track up the hill, you will see the lookout. Don't forget to take water, it is a steep climb.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
The best view of the yard is provided by parking near the main gate to the terminal and going for a walk up the big man made hill right next to it, that's if it ain't been removed in the last 12 months.
"Shacks"


That appears to be a construction site.

There is also not a bad view, pending on how the tree's have grown in the last 12 months is a look out called The TDZ Lookout or hill. To get to it, as you take the road towards the terminal gate, take the 1st street on the left. There should be a big sign half way along that road on the left, take the walking track up the hill, you will see the lookout. Don't forget to take water, it is a steep climb.
"Shacks"


Do you mean along the street that heads toward the Passenger Terminal?
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Sighting Wed 05/09/2012

1055hrs Southbound Ghan paralleling the Stuart Hwy around Hughes, try as he might our tour bus driver could not catch up with the train so that I could get a shot of the two NRs. The lead loco was in PN livery, second loco in Ghan livery
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
No, I am refering to where you turn off Berrimah Rd and head towards the rail terminal gates.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
No, I am refering to where you turn off Berrimah Rd and head towards the rail terminal gates.
"Shacks"


So turn into Export Drive then first left into Gabriella Road? Or do you mean second left into Campion Road?

http://goo.gl/maps/HKtlP
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Campion Rd. I didn't even know the other one was there. Rolling Eyes
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
It's interesting to compare Google Maps and Nearmap, certainly shows some development going on!

Google (date not listed) http://maps.google.com.au/maps?q=Berrimah,+NT&hl=en&ll=-12.47295,130.916348&spn=0.039472,0.054073&sll=-34.985965,138.701955&sspn=1.059889,1.730347&oq=Berrimah+NT&t=h&hnear=Berrimah+Northern+Territory&z=14

Nearmap (dated Jun 15th 2012)  http://www.nearmap.com/?ll=-12.474794,130.909138&z=14&t=h&nmd=20120715
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Looks like the hill is still there. You can follow the fence for the rail yards and go up that way. Where the freshly cleared land is always had water in it when I was there and they cleared it every few years. No idea why. 
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Sightings Thu 13/09/2012

1610hrs GWU005 + FQ01 at the head of a rake of what I think are ore wagons sitting adjacent to Darwin Passenger Terminal with the engines running.

1620hrs GWU008 and FJ105 Darwin Freight Terminal

Also, not rail related, but somewhat unusual, Wed 12/09/2012, a woman taking her pig (and dog) for a walk along Vesteys Beach, Darwin! Shocked


The lookout off Campions Road is signed as something to do with leprosy, perhaps a former leper colony? I still think the "man made hill" beside the Terminal entrance might be off limits due to construction on that site. Another spot I found is beside the old level crossing on Berrimah Road (Just drive along the old road past the sign). I took a zoomed shot of FJ105 from there.
  SEMartin Chief Train Controller

Location: Canberra ACT
I visited the Berrimah terminal on Sunday 8/6 at around 10.30, after the departure of the Southbound freight. Present at the terminal that day was FJ105 at the station end of the yard, while CLP14/GM47/ALF25 were on the empty train of Bootu Creek manganese wagons. There was also an unidentified GWA/U and an ALF 'on shed' at the loco depot.
  greasyrhys Chief Commissioner

Location: MacDonald Park, SA
ALF25? But isn't that the ALF in WA that's stored?
  Shacks Ghanzel

Location: Sir Big Lens of the Distant Upper Hunter
Correct, ALF25 is owned by Aurizon and is in WA.
  Graham4405 Minister for Railways

Location: Dalby Qld
Wednesday 03/07/2019

NR 74 + NR63 on The Ghan out of Darwin
Also GWA001 and a couple of other GWA locos in the yard.
  M636C Minister for Railways

Correct, ALF25 is owned by Aurizon and is in WA.
Shacks
Does it still exist?

I thought it was scrapped a couple of years ago when other unserviceable locomotives were sold or scrapped.

It was numbered ALZ 3208 and was in AN Green when I last saw it some years ago, stored in Kalgoorlie West.

Peter
  SinickleBird Assistant Commissioner

Location: Qantas Club at Mudgee International Airport
“does it still exist?”

“Scrapped a couple of years ago” would still have been 3 years after sharks posted.

This is quite an old thread - a lot can change.
  M636C Minister for Railways

“does it still exist?”

“Scrapped a couple of years ago” would still have been 3 years after sharks posted.

This is quite an old thread - a lot can change.
SinickleBird
I failed to notice the date of the post...

But I have photos of ALZ 3208 from 2006, so eight years before the statement "ALF25 is stored in WA".

My point was that it wasn't still numbered ALF25 in 2014. It may have lasted until 2015.

Peter
  darsamalx Locomotive Fireman

Slightly off topic, but as of yesterday ALZ3208 is still more or less ‘complete’ and sitting in a Bunbury scrapyard along with the shell of 3102 Wagiman. They’ve been there 2+ years now.

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