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4 Bogaduck Road, STIRLING, South Australia is in a suburb of Adelaide about a half hour drive from the CBD.  This is a typical visit to a street which runs along the main railway line between Adelaide and Melbourne.  Many passenger and freight trains use this line each day.  These shots could have been taken in hundreds of other locations along the line.  Enjoy.






















 
Fences?  Wot fences?

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You had me going for a bit there Max when I saw Stirling come up, I though oooh I was born there, and given that the prefix 'bog' is quite common up here, imagine my surprise when I actually opened the thread :roll:

Your Stirling looks much warmer :sad:

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It's a bit warmer at the minute, Lawrence.  It's up in the hills behind us and it gets pretty cold come winter.  :shock:

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Impressive shot with your head on the line, Max.

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nice shot`s Max, that rail is really clean , no probs with dcc there then ....

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Some great photos you have taken there thanks for sharing them

In the third phot the round container at the side of the track is that the engine drivers dunny stop place or something?

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:mutley  Thanks Owen.

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I'm sure Rick will put us right, Brian, but I think it's a battery box.  The thing lying on the ground looks like a greaser to stop flange squeal.  I dunno if the greaser runs off batteries or not.  It might be to power a sensor.  Rick . . . HELP! 

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It's definitely not a toilet (or dunny) drop!

It is padlocked and it has a plug-in power line leading down from the top of it. The top appears to be mesh rather than solid suggesting a need to dissipate heat or a requirement for air circulation. The wire leads towards the roadway (and is visible in shots 3 and 4) and not towards the greaser which is, as most are, purely a mechanical device without an external power source.

I am also intrigued by the fact that the cable hangs vertically in shots 3 and 4 but is clearly at an angle in shot 5 as though it has been pulled from ground level towards the roadway.

I would suggest it might be a pump house for water given that there are tanks just behind it, or failing that might be a battery to power a road warning device such as a flashing light which is out of shot but would warn of an approaching train. Of the two I would favour the pump housing.

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Interesting.  Thanks, Rick.  The tanks belong to the house behind, so I wouldn't go for a pump.  It's hard to see in the photo, but the tanks are well inside the private property.  It looks like the battery boxes you see near level crossings, but what it powers isn't obvious. 

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I have asked two locals - one a train Controller & one a previous trackside/ railway bloke. You know one Max, Bob B of local NMRA.

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. . . and?  Don't keep us in suspenders, Sol.  :shock:

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Nah

Its deffo a driver dunny drop the power to it is for the mincer to chop up the pooh:lol::lol::lol:

The mesh on top is to allow the stink to get out to stop build up of explosive gases

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MaxSouthOz wrote: . . . and?  Don't keep us in suspenders, Sol.  :shock:

The train controller could still be at work & Bob B is not one for visiting e-mails, etc like we do.

When I find out, so will you a bit later than that.

 

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Great photos Max, thanks for sharing them with us :thumbs

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The flange lubricator works by the wheel flange action in passing causing a small amount of grease to ooze out.  Not too much as if it gets on the wheel instead of the flange it tends to cause problems with stopping :roll:

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Thanks, John.  Why is there only one, Chris?  I looked up and down the line nearby, but that was the only one I could see.

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It greases the other side coming back, Max.

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Thanks, Pete.  That wasn't the answer I expected, given the distance between Adelaide and Melbourne.  I'm guessing there might be some on the other rail as well, some distance away.

The squealing is a major public issue here; and the subject of an enquiry.  The track runs through many kilometres of leafy suburbs before it clears the settled area and not every home owner is a train buff.

I can hear the squealing in the background from where I live, but it's not too bad.  The NRs make quite a racket as well.  In a 24 hour period we probably have 20 trains, and they run through the night.  The freights are 50 to 60 wagons behind three or four NRs, and they usually take a couple of minutes to pass.

Where I live the track is on a gradient, so they can take longer to pass us.  Going up the NRs are really working, going down they are a lot quieter, but the wagons' wheels squeal going both ways, as the trains have to travel slowly downhill.  Folklore says that the number of greasers has been reduced to save the maintenance costs.

Having said that, it just occurred to me that perhaps they could make a saving by putting the greasers together on opposite sides of the track.  quest:

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Greasers are typically only placed on the "outside" rail around a curve of the track where wheels would be pressing hard against the rail.

Wheel squeal is an issue in many areas but on the twisting and steeply-graded line from Adelaide up into the hills it would be a real nuisance. At one point that line actually doubles back on itself!

Greasers go some way to easing the problem. Good wagon maintenance is another factor. Canting the track can assist but on a tightly-curved route there is a limit to what can be done. Those of us familiar with the Devon banks between Plymouth and Newton Abbot will know that trains often squeal around the steep twisting curves there as well.

So long as we run steel on steel there will be some associated noise as trains rely on friction in order to get a grip and move at all.

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They could always use traction tyres :mutley

Great photos Max - it reminds me of the kind of weather we used to have here ..............................:roll::roll:

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Thanks, Peter.  I was out on the job and I just snapped them.  It seemed like a good idea at the time.  :pedal

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Sol wrote: MaxSouthOz wrote: . . . and?  Don't keep us in suspenders, Sol.  :shock:

The train controller could still be at work & Bob B is not one for visiting e-mails, etc like we do.

When I find out, so will you a bit later than that.

 

Patience is a virtue so I am told :mutley and I am very virtuous exclam:


Bob B thought they looked like battery boxes but in his day, SAR - they were white.

Still waiting on the train controller to respond.

You could always post a photo & question on the SA rail forum .

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I reckon it's a battery box, Sol.  :cool:

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Rick is correct, they only have them on the outside rail.  There does not look to be much of a curve there though but it is surprising how little you need for the flanges to start screeching!


                 

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