NEW STREET RAIL CROSSING In 2007 Heritage Victoria received a permit application from the rail operator to have the New Street crossing gates permanently fixed in the ‘closed to road traffic’ position, that is, in the ‘open to railway traffic’ position. After being processed as required under the requirements of the Heritage Act 1995 the permit was granted. The Heritage Act primarily protects significant fabric and the permit as granted involved minimal change to this. This proposal did not involve any obvious physical changes to the gates except for their being securely fixed across the road in the ‘closed to road vehicles’ position to avoid them being moved. The rail operator sought this permit due occupational health and safety requirements and Heritage Victoria has no authority to require a particular mode of operation to continue at any heritage place. The rail operator is aware that approval for closure of road traffic is vested in either the local council (local roads) or VicRoads (main roads) and could not be done unilaterally. Heritage Victoria has not yet been advised of the result of subsequent discussions between the authorities responsible for the road/rail intersection. A second permit application has been submitted to Heritage Victoria, but is on hold pending a decision on the road closure. If the road cannot be closed, a permit will need to be sought by the rail operator for relocation of the gates a short distance along the rail tracks to clear them from road and rail traffic, where they would be fixed in position as evidence of the original means of level crossing control. Jim Gard’ner Executive Director Heritage Victoria
Last manually operated railway gates in New St Brighton set to vanish
The heritage listed manual railway gates at New St Brighton are said to be slated for removal. The grand plan appears to be that the crossing will be ripped up, the manual gates and the pedestrian gates will be replaced by automatic pedestrian only gates. The crossing set will be rebuilt somewhere else as a static display.
The heritage number is H0269. The heritage entry for the gates is http://vhd.heritage.vic.gov.au/places/heritage/14419
This view shows the manual pedestrian gates that continue to be in use and handled by the signalman on duty. These gates are interlocked with the signals. When the gates are unlocked the signals in both directions are red. Once locked the signals display green. The signalman at the gates listens to his annunciators that indicate which direction a train is about to arrive from. He then locks the gates and activates the signals.
A view towards the crossing. I had a lot of trouble with the white balance under these lights.
This is a train proceeding through the crossing. Note this isn't a SPAD for you smart arses out there. The signal was green before the train got there!