||Wooden RAILWAY CROSSING sign.
In Victoria these wooden signs were erected by the Victorian Railways at
most ungated rail crossings. Often only one sign was put up as they were
double sided. Many of the posts survive today, but very few of the signs do.
It appears that the wooden signs were replaced system wide in 1960.
Please note: This sign is owned by Hobbies Plus. It was
erected at Dawson only for these photos
||RAILWAY CROSSING with hazard triangle.
The next step after the wooden signs were the now familiar aluminium signs.
Passive crossings (those without gates or lights) generally had the red
hazard triangles fitted. Now obsolete, most have been replaced with STOP or
GIVE WAY signs.
||RAILWAY CROSSING - STOP. Stop signs are
often erected at railway crossings. They were a rarity in Victoria until
recently, but have been more common in some other states. This one is
situated at a crossing with severe sight restrictions. And given the speed
of trains on the line, I opted to get out of the car and walk across.
Bethungra Spiral, NSW.
||RAILWAY CROSSING - GIVE WAY TO TRAINS.
Another obsolete sign. Was once common in Victoria. Now only a small number
This one is on a wooden post. The significance of this is that the post
would have originally had a wooden crossing sign on it. Evidence of this can
be seen near the top of the post.
This sign and indeed the railway are now
||RAILWAY CROSSING - 2 TRACKS - GIVE WAY.
These signs are now common at passive crossings. This one was also on a
wooden post. There are now flashing light signals at this location.
Yarragon - Trafalgar, Vic.
||RAILWAY CROSSING - GIVE WAY. Another
example of a Give Way sign at a railway crossing. This one is on a bullhead
rail post. These will usually be found to have holes 9 inches apart near the
top. Yes, the holes on the wooden crossing signs were 9 inches apart. So
those poles have been there a long time. All those between Sale and
Stratford were removed in 2003 and replaced with new poles and signs in
preparation for the return of passenger trains - delayed until 2004.
||RAILWAY CROSSING - 4 TRACKS - STOP - LOOK FOR
TRAINS. Whew! It seems you need the stop sign to give time to read all
||RAILWAY CROSSING - 5 TRACKS - STOP - STOP
LOOK OUT FOR TRAINS. Extreme caution seems to be advised here.
||Out with the old, in with the new. An old
sign on bullhead rail has been cut down and a new pole with STOP and LOOK
FOR TRAINS signs has been erected. Looks like knock off time came before the
actual RAILWAY CROSSING sign could be put up. There is still a GIVE WAY sign
on the opposite side of the crossing.
||RAILWAY CROSSING - STOP - LOOK FOR TRAINS all
in one sign. These new style signs have begun to be used for private
crossings in Victoria. I understand they're used on public crossings in some
locations in other states.
||RAILWAY CROSSING - GIVE WAY TO TRAINS.
Another example of the all white signs. This one on a rail post.
||Minimalist level crossing protection. A
GIVE WAY TO TRAINS sign on a private crossing near Darnum, Vic.
||Electric Train at a passive crossing. Suburban
Melbourne is virtually devoid of passive crossings nowadays. There were not
many places you could see Melbourne suburban trains at such crossings. But
when they ran to Warragul, there were a few beyond Pakenham.
These photos show a Comeng electric train at the passive crossing between
Garfield and Bunyip.
||RAILWAY CROSSING - 1 TRACK. The reason
for the use of track number boards is to warn of multiple tracks, and
therefore the possibility of more than one train crossing. This is why
single tracks normally don't have these signs. However, although not unique,
a number of 1 Track signs have been put up by those who apparently aren't
aware of this fact.
This crossing sign appears out of place with no tracks at all. But there was
one on the other side of the intersection. The sign was gradually vandalised
and is now no more.
||Abandoned siding. This sign seems to have
been forgotten about in an industrial area. The rails it warned of are still
in the road, but the rest of the line had been pulled up.
Geelong North, Vic.