Today's theme photo is of a train, and I don't have any old photos of trains in my collection.
|'Coach scene with train' a watercolour by A Esam c1880-1900 [State Library of Victoria]|
|Emily Rachel Young nee Chaundy|
I'm not quite sure what this entailed, or how busy the line was. It was and is a passenger line as well as a goods line. Some gate operators had to use semaphore to signal to the train drivers, some worked a wheel in a small building next to the crossing to open the gates, some opened the gates manually. Recently I saw a set of old disused crossing gates at Macedon in central Victoria. Were those at The Rock like these? Did she stay on site all day in some sort of hut (with a fire in winter hopefully), or did she just go down to the crossing when a train was due? Were the gates usually shut to road traffic and only opened when there was traffic? (Was there a bell to ring when you needed to cross the tracks?) Or were the gates usually open to road traffic and only shut when a train was due?
|Old crossing gates, Macedon, Victoria 2014|
|New St, Brighton|
|Port Elliott, South Australia c1910 [State Library of South Australia]|