Crossing Paths in Einasleigh

On Friday 17 June, the crossing of two working trains was witnessed in Einasleigh for the first time in a number of years. Crossing trains is when two trains traveling in opposite directions have to pass each other on a siding. This can only happen at certain stations that have been nominated as ‘crossing stations’  A range of safeworking procedures must be observed, and there must be certain safeworking infrastructure available at these nominated locations before crossings can take place.

Einasleigh was disestablished as a crossing station back in 1995 when the ‘Forsayth Mixed’ ceased running out that way. The angle and sidings at Einasleigh fell into disrepair and became totally unsuitable for any traffic larger than an track repair machine. However, in 2008 a part of the old angle was rehabilitated by the re-sleepering project team, and completed by the local Forsayth Gang a year later. By April last year, the Angle was available for traffic, and Einasleigh was re-instated as a ‘staff station’ allong crossing movements at that location. This is the only place trains can pass each other between Mt Surprise and Forsayth, which is a 120km section.

The first train to use the upgraded angle was a charter service in August  2010. It has been used a couple of times since, but this post is about the first serious ‘cross’ at Einasleigh since the Savannahlander has been running the route. The cross occurred because an empty charter service unit was being relocated out to Forsayth to pick up a charter group. As this had to happen on a Friday, the scheduled Savannahlander was running between Forsayth and Mt Surprise that day. In the past, the empty charter unit had to wait at Mt Surprise for the Scheduled train to finish its run. This meant that the charter train did not arrive at its destination until rather late in the evening. With trains now being allowed to pass each other mid-way, the charter crew can now enjoy a much more civilised arrival time at their destination, and be well rested for the following days charter trip.

Please enjoy a series of photos taken of the cross, in our gallery below.