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Planning Minister Richard Wynne has sidelined the Heritage Council in deciding whether century-old signal boxes on the Upfield rail line should be saved from demolition to make way for sky rail.
Residents and the Moreland Council want two early 20th century signal boxes, as well as more than 100 trees at Gandolfo Gardens to be heritage protected.
Marilyn Moore from Coburg's Historical Society in front of an old signal box set to be demolished to make way for sky rail.CREDIT:EDDIE JIM
The signal boxes and the trees are set to be bulldozed when the government replaces four level crossings with a 2.5-kilometre elevated rail line from Tinning Street in Brunswick to O'Hea Street in Coburg.
Marilyn Moore, vice-president of the Coburg Historical Society, questioned why the government could not relocate the signal boxes on Munro Street and Tinning Street, and later return them to the site or somewhere nearby.
Ms Moore said she remembered how, as a five-year-old girl in the 1970s, she would watch a rail worker moving the levers and wheels inside the Munro Street signal box.
"I remember seeing the man in there … it was fascinating to see the gates close and all the signals levers being pushed backwards and forwards," Ms Moore said.
"To me, this tells a story of the development of the line ... and it's all available in about five or six kilometres," Ms Moore said.
In their submission to Heritage Victoria, residents asked that heritage protection be extended to the signal boxes, rail sidings, gates and the trees.
This article first appeared on www.theage.com.au
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