Ford Siding

Industry
Line: Melbourne - Geelong - Warrnambool
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Opened: July 7, 1925
Closed: ((May 23, 1995))

Factory


Ford Australia opened their manufacturing plant at North Geelong in 1925. The first cars manufactured there were the Model 'T', with production switching to the Model 'A' in 1928. In 1934 a young designer at the Geelong factory developed what became the first 'ute' in response to a letter from a farmers wife who wanted a car suitable for going to church on Sundays and markets on Mondays.

During World War Two the plant turned it's attention to the war effort, producing military vehicles. In 1959 the company bought land at Campbellfield, Broadmeadows for a new factory, and in July 1961 it was announced that Ford's Australian headquarters would move there.

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Siding


The siding to the factory opened in July 1925. With the opening of the Broadmeadows factory resulted in something new for the railways - car parts traffic between Geelong and the new assembly plant at Campbellfield. The service ran via Melbourne until 1961 when the line from Somerton was opened.

Ordinary wagons were used for the traffic until 40 BFW (later VBCW) boxcars were specially built in 1977, being adorned with Ford logos on the sides. The train ran daily as a direct service until 1990. The main line connection was severed in 1995 when the Standard Gauge line was built, and the sidings themselves built over in 2006 by expansion works at the factory. Today a fleet of B-Triple trucks have replaced the daily train.

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Events


May 27, 1925 Points installed for Ford Motor Car Coy (under construction)
July 7, 1925 Ford Siding opened for traffic
February 8, 1959 Ford Siding connected to new West Line.
March 27, 1987 Catch points in Ford Siding replaced by Hayes derail and crowder
((May 23, 1995)) Closed
Line Opened
November 1, 1856 Line opened Lara to Geelong
June 25, 1857 Line officially opened between Geelong and at temporary terminus at Greenwich. A ferry was used the complete the journey to Melbourne
October 3, 1857 Temporary Greenwich terminal and stub line closed. Geelong line now connected to the partially completed Williamstown line. A ferry complete the journey from Williamstown to Melbourne
January 17, 1859 Williamstown line finally completed to Melbourne. Geelong trains can now operate direct to Spencer Street Station
Track Amplified
February 8, 1959 Line duplicated Corio to North Geelong A

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