Elders IXL Siding

Line: Geelong and Warrnambool
Distance from Melbourne: 61.190 km
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Opened: March 12, 1986

Opened in 1986, it was built to serve the 4 large wool warehouses built by Elders on Forrest Road. The main line connection is protected with a switch lock. The siding crosses the standard gauge line on a diamond crossing, before making a 90 degree turn, and then crossing Forrest Road. The siding then splits into two parallel roads running alongside two of the warehouses.

At present the siding does not see any wool traffic, but was used by a softwood timber mill located in the adjacent Heales Road industrial estate. Log flats were occasionally seen at the extreme western end of the siding for this reason.

In 2008 Wettenhauls Transport moved into one of the warehouses, having relocated from the former Geelong Freightgate at North Geelong Yard after PN ended their fasttrack freight service in 2007.

The broad gauge siding was removed by ARTC in 2010 as part of their works to provide a new crossing loop on the standard gauge track to be named Elders Loop. The down end of the new crossing loop will be approximately where the siding left the main line. The mixed gauge diamond crossing for the siding was removed on October 3, 2010 as part of the construction works. Removal of the main line points will be carried out at a later date, along removal of other associated infrastructure.


March 12, 1986 Switch Lock provided on the West Line for IXL Siding. Flashing lights provided at Forrest Road
February 18, 1995 Standard Gauge crossing in use for ballast trains.
June 5, 1996 Elders Block Point provided on Standard Gauge account introduction of Section Authority System
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
September 19, 1981 Line duplicated Lara to Corio



NOTE: Diagrams are not to scale.

 Elders IXL Siding on opening



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Level crossing controls and switchlock

LX controls for Forest Road on the left. The switchlock is used to get permission from the signaller, so the points can be unlocked and operated

July 28, 2007

Equipment at the mainline points

From left to right: point lever, point indicator, box holding point clips, level crossing control keyswitch and switchlock. Foreground track is the SG, other two are BG

July 28, 2007