This disused Signal Box is on the Cessnock Road at Neath in the Hunter Valley.
When the Neath Colliery was opened in 1907, the branch line was built to freight the coal. I believe this branch line came off the Cessnock Line which was a private line operated by South Maitland Railways. The Railway did carry passengers and merchandise for the new mining townships but was mostly used to transport coal from numerous collieries in the South Maitland area. The Neath branch line opened in 1908. When the mine closed in December 1984, the line was still in use until the Coal Washery was closed in April 1988.
The Station consisted of a pair of 70m platforms around the main lines. There were 2 lines on this branch however one was lifted shortly after the closure in 1988. The Signal Box was used as a staff exchange location up until 1996.
It has gone the way of a lot of abandoned places now; windows smashed and the odd graffiti painted on walls.
While I was out that way, I stopped and took a photo of a lagoon that I pass on the way to my daughters house. Love the reflections off the still water and intend to return out there for some more!
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