Monday 23 September 2013
Today I returned to the Chert Siding at Mount Victoria to redo some photos and finalise some measurements. Most times I find something I have not seen before. Today it was another post hole at the top area of the "Timber Line". The 1920s incline railway finished over the top of the standard gauge siding on a gantry or trestle. But there was also another line which branched off the incline just before the trestle and ran along the ground to finish just below the siding. There is a series of post stumps here from some mystery structure. This is where I found the post hole.
Last week I found an article in The Lithgow Mercury (on Lithgow Library's microfilm copy) about the Lithgow Hospital purchasing one of the Chert Road Metal and Timber Company's steam boilers at the auction on August 13 1929. The story tells how they got it from the sawmill site at the incline valley terminus up to the top. It also confirms that there were four trestles, it called them "viaducts", and part of them was 70 feet above the ground.