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TRAIN enthusiasts are on track to get their hands on a unique piece of Australian rail history and be their own station master when a 1921 train signal box is auctioned next month.
The Bendigo A train signal box, originally located near the Thistle Street bridge, controlled trains into and out of town on the Melbourne to Bendigo line.
It was bought by a collector in 1990 who moved it to its present location in a back yard, where it has remained for 28 years.
It is now being sold by the owner, Dane Wild, who bought the block this year.
HISTORIC TRAIN SIGNAL BOX FOR SALE
Having lived on a neighbouring property, he bought the land in July to extend his backyard.“It’s been part of the family and it will be a sad moment to see it go, but we saw it as an opportunity to pass it on to someone who can do something with it,” Mr Wild said.
While the original signal levers have been removed from the upper level, the double storey building retains its original features and has recently been used for office space and as a music room, Mr Wild said.
While it will be the end of the line for the signal box in its current location, it could be just the ticket for a train enthusiast wanting it as a collection piece or someone who is looking for a unique piece of Australian architectural history.
A similar train signal building has been renovated and used for short-term accommodation in Gembrook.
Mr Wild said there had been a good level of interest so far, but that there was “no real reference point” for how much it might sell for.
The auction will be held on eBay from November 1 and run for seven days.
This article first appeared on www.weeklytimesnow.com.au
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