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I noticed today that the signal box at Somerton (just south of Roxburgh Park station) has disappeared. I knew some time ago that it was going to be demolished - even though it is heritage listed - but because the Somerton Road railway overpass is pretty much complete I thought they'd found a way to preserve it. I guess I was wrong.
It's not the prettiest bit of infrastructure around, but it was working there for nearly 50 years. This photo was taken in early June 2007:
UPDATE:Thankfully it wasn't demolished; it has been moved to Moorooduc to become part of a railway museum.
[Somerton] Located more photos of Somerton station & area
[Somerton] National Archives of Australia: Somerton related queries
[Craigieburn] Several rural properties demolished for development
[Craigieburn / Mickleham] I found the Robert Burns Hotel houses that were demolished
[Somerton] Daniel Mackenzie - Somerton School
[Somerton] Newspaper ad from 1888
[Somerton] Oldest surviving building in Somerton?