Merriton Line?

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Looking at Google Maps for the Port Pirie area there appears what could have been a rail line to Merriton from Port Pirie joining the network network near the current triangle.  Can't really find anything on the line but the railway station comes up in searches.

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Looking at Google Maps for the Port Pirie area there appears what could have been a rail line to Merriton from Port Pirie joining the network network near the current triangle.  Can't really find anything on the line but the railway station comes up in searches.
bevans
Your referring to the route of the SAR Broad Gauge line From Adelaide to Port Pirie.  This line did not go through Crystal Brook (like the current SG line does). It ran from Red Hill through Merriton and directly to Port Pirie.
When the line was converted to SG, a new section was built heading south from Crystal Brook (including the Crystal Brook Triangle) to Merriton where the SG then followed the BG alignment to Adelaide. The then unused section of BG to Port Pirie was lifted

Edit:- Port Pirie was for a number of years a Triple Gauge yard, SAR BG (South to Adelaide), SAR NG (East to Broken Hill) and CR SG (North to Port Augusta) and was the site of one of the three Bogie exchange facilities
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
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The Crystal Brook to Merriton section was really a sop to the then Commonwealth Government. The Commonwealth had used consultants who proposed a new SG line from Crystal Brook to Adelaide basically in parallel with the Red Hill Adelaide line. The BG line was already of a high standard parts being some of the best track on the SAR so the SAR proposed gauge conversion the entire route to Pirie. The consultants were obviously trying to drum up business with a new rail line.

The SAR wanted to use the considerable savings to be used to Gauge convert Gladstone/Snowtown/Wallaroo with the change used to convert the Wilmington to at least Boolaroo Centre. Stupidity and penny pinching prevailed and the SAR were left with hotch-potch system which proved impossible to keep viable.
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Looking at Google Maps for the Port Pirie area there appears what could have been a rail line to Merriton from Port Pirie joining the network network near the current triangle.  Can't really find anything on the line but the railway station comes up in searches.
"bevans"

it was the original broad gauge line linking Redhill to Port Pirie, when the line was standardised it joined the already standardised Peterborough to port Pirie line at Crystal Brook.

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