SA, AU - Stirling North Junction

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Discussion for Stirling North Junction

A location with something for everyone.  The best shots at this location are taken in the late afternoon as the sun sets in the west and lights up the flinders ranges.  Just beautiful.

Regards
Brian

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  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
Discussion for Stirling North Junction

A location with something for everyone.  The best shots at this location are taken in the late afternoon as the sun sets in the west and lights up the flinders ranges.  Just beautiful.

Regards
Brian
bevans

And that very unusual NG underpass.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Could the underpass be only one of a small number if not the only one in Australia?

Can anyone advise the year of construction or was it always there?

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Brian
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Can anyone advise the year of construction or was it always there?

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Brian
"bevans"


From Pichi Richi Railway Website..... http://www.prr.org.au/cms/behind-the-scenes-mainmenu-45/port-augusta-track-extension-mainmenu-49.html
As a preamble, the PRR NG line once terminated at Stirling North (just east of the old station) as part of the Centenary of Federation plans where made to extend the NG line into Port Augusta, as it had originally done so before


During 2000, the State Government of South Australia, and the Port Augusta City Council, announced that funding was available to extend the Pichi Richi line into Port Augusta station. Significant works are required, as the narrow gauge track does not exist, and there is not quite enough room on the causeway for our narrow gauge track together with the interstate standard gauge track.
As well as the causeway, we need to cross over the standard gauge line at Stirling North, which is still used to transport coal from Leigh Creek to the power stations at Port Augusta. Several options were considered, including a drawbridge, a diamond crossover, and grade separation using an underpass. Due to long term considerations, inculding not being restricted in our operations when coal trains run (and they can be just about any time), the underpass method was preferred.
To save on the cost of digging too many holes, our track now runs into Stirling North basically East-West, turns to the North and swings back West under the apex of the standard gauge triangle, turns South, then back West to cross the causeway......

refer website (link above) for a complete story with pictures
"PPR site"


The underpass culvert was installed on the 25th and 26th April 2001 with the SG Leigh Creek line reopened for coal traffic on 27th April 2001.
The first official train was hauled into Port Augusta by ex SAR loco T186 on 15th Sept 2001

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