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The Semi-Retired Foamer has been a railfan since he was around 5 years old, a very young age when one really should avoid being involved with the gunzel community to any great extent.
After a few decades of train chasing one decided to break with protocol and get married, thus leading to a severe cut in railfan activity.
Subsequent dealings with social misfits, loonatics, mental defectives and self appointed experts lead to an even greater decrease in my hobby participation.
However things have changed thanks our small group of trusted mate, interest has returned, and now I have become a bit more involved yet again. Having learnt to laugh, with others, at all the more 'Moronic Foamers'.
.Oh the irony that lays behind that term.
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Thursday, December 20, 2007

Silverton: How to trash a name!



"Established in 1886 by virtue of the Silverton Tramways Act. The company was registered under the Victorian Companies Act 1890, in 1894."

Silverton! It is Australia's oldest privately operated railway company. Originally based in Broken Hill to shunt mines and operate a narrow gauge railway through the interesting town of Silverton into South Australia, ending at the township of Cockburn.
The reason for such a remote railway line was interstate rivalry, neith NSW or South Australia would allow the other state to build into their state. Thus the Silverton Tramway Company was born to connect the two.
In 1970 a standard gauge line bypassed this link and the line was closed and nowdays is removed, except for a few interesting relics that have survived.
This was not the end for Silverton, the company continued on shunting the mines around Broken Hill with their DL531 ALCo locomotives.
In more recent times Silverton has spread its wings and become a operator of freight services around New South Wales and into other states.
Even later it was merged with South Spur (a private railway company started in Western Australia) and became 'Southern and Silverton' (often refered to as 'Scumbag & Simpleton' by some more disenchanted employees).
Today the whole lot has been sold to another company called 'Coote Industrial'.

Recent reports from within say that the 'Silverton' name has been so badly tarnished by the recent ownership that it is to be completely removed from public view. Indeed at least one of te recently returned C class has recieved 'South Spur' names on both sides, with no hint of 'Southern and Silverton'.
A shameful end to a once proud and VERY RESPECTED name.
To all involved - Hang your heads!

** Thanks to 'Silverton48s32' for the 80 class photo!
* Thanks to bodgy scanner for cutting nose off 48s!

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Brad,
I, as one of the several very actively involved in the growth of Silverton out of Broken Hill, am like you, disgusted to see where twice this great Company has descended to. Knowing and respecting the new owner, I hope they make the right moves and spear the clowns that have created this embarresment. I am sure there are people out their that can repair the damage, and raise the Company above what it is currently or there will be nothing to work with.
Across the last 9 or so years, they have had some exceptional people working for them, on the coal face. I bet none are left now!
AD - another semi-retired foamer.

alcogoodwin said...

Hi AD,
Most of the old Silverton school that remain (not many) talk about the demise of all the good guys and their replacement with just anyone.
It would be great if the damage could be repaired to the name, but with the dumping of it, I suppose it will forever be left in disgrace :-(

ninthnotch said...

So you know, Silverton Rail still have offices in Melbourne at Level 5, 499 St. Kilda Rd. I'll go have a look and see what's there(I work in the same building).

alcogoodwin said...

Ninthnotch,
Thanks mate. I was totally unaware that they still had an office there.
Was this included as part of the sale to the South Spur company or did the previous owner retain the office?
Thanks again.

Brad