Cooma Monaro Railway

A Trip to Chakola

On this day, the scheduled 2pm service to Chakola is joined by a bus load
of Probus Club members, requiring two motor cars to be utilised.
The weather is perfect and those of you who are familiar with the prevailing colour of the Monaro
can be assured that the following photos have not been re-coloured.
Following recent significant rain, Cooma and the surrounding countryside is as green as anyone can remember seeing it!


These photos and videos (a first for the CMR website) were taken by member Jenny O'Regan. Thanks Jenny.

So off we go, up the hill out of Cooma yard and past the two level crossings before the edge of town.
The next five photos were taken from the back of the train on the outward journey,
so the second one shows our flagman returning to his vehicle after flagging the train across the Polo Flat crossing. 


In the first photo below the train has just crossed our 'big bridge' across the Cooma Creek.
It then proceeds through a couple of small cuttings before crossing the open spaces of the valley floor.


Nearing Chakola, we look back at what, in glacial times was the floor of a lake.
Arriving at Chakola the passengers alight for a look around and to learn something of the station's past.


Following is a short video of the view over the Numeralla River from Chakola Station.

At Chakola Station the passengers take in the view and hear the story of the station shed.


At the start of the return journey, Jenny captures part of the driver and front passenger's views forward.  


Here is a short video showing one reason why the CPH railmotor is such a good tourist vehicle  - a great view out forward.

Another video at the level crossing closest to the station.
(Can you see the flashing light on top of the pole that tells the CPH driver that the bells and flashing lights are working)?

Back at Cooma, a smile from our crewman as he completes uncoupling the motors prior to returning them to the shed.


Finally, video of the return to the shed, including a crewman bringing in the weed trolley which is parked in front of the railmotors on that side.

Another View  

What follows are more scenes taken from a typical return trip to Chakola.
They compliment the images and video above. The photos featured here were taken by Graeme Stokes.
The videos were provided by Jenny O'Regan. Thanks to you both.

The first features that passengers notice on the outward trip are the two level crossings within the Cooma perimeter.
Whilst the closer one to town features lights and bells, the second crossing near the industrial area of Polo Flat has no such aids.
In both cases though the CMR provides a signaller on the crossing to ensure safety of both train and vehicle traffic.
Our photo shows the signaller(s) at work at Polo Flat.

After some 30 minutes of running, the train approaches Chakola station, near the Numeralla River some 20 kilometres from Cooma.

Beyond the small cutting visible in the photo above, the reason that the CMR travels no further towards Canberra is readily apparent.
The large trestle bridge over the river was damaged by flooding many years ago, forcing the closure of the line.
The sagging is quite visible just short of the raised centre section and also in the first small section. 

Just near Polo Flat crossing on the return journey we pass Snowy Junction,
the small (tiny?) platform built to service the once a year horse race meeting at the racecourse on the edge of town.
This early December event is the CMR's busiest, ferrying punters backwards and forwards all day.  

After the two crossings, it is a downhill run through a cutting and back into Cooma Yard.

Finally the CPH comes to rest back at Cooma Platform.

The passengers have a last chance to photograph the driver's cabin before leaving the train.

Most of the passengers stay on the platform to watch the railmotors heading towards the shed,
having changed lines at the points around the corner in the distance.

And so ends another day in the life of a busy tourist railway!


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