THE SIGNAL BOX

OVERSEAS

DUNOLLY
Victorian Railways

by John Hinson

Dunolly signal frame
Photograph from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour

Dunolly station was not interlocked in accordance with the high standards set by British signalling. It was one of many stations on lesser lines in Australia on which only the bare minimum was spent, signalling-wise.

Lever frame at Dunolly
Photograph from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour

Dunolly station was 14 miles from Maryborough on the Melbourne to Midura line, and was also the junction for the Inglewood branch. The main line was worked by Electric Train Staff with sections to Bet Bet and Bealiba, but the branch was worked by Staff & Ticket.

The seven lever frame on the platform worked only the signals. All of the points, including the junction, were hand-operated.

Junction starting signals at Dunolly
Photograph from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour

A view looking towards the station from the Maryborough direction.

This offers a fine study of the rear of the somersault signals, but a close look at track level reveals the hand levers that operate the points.

The diagram of the layout is illustrated below. What looks like staining or discolouration of the diagram is in fact a reflection of the signal levers.

Signal diagram at Dunolly
Photograph from the collection of Dr J W F Scrimgeour


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