New lights for Koroit

HISTORY: Kim and Christopher Leddin at the new signal lights on the rail trail in Koroit. The lights have become a popular addition to the railway station precinct. Picture: Christine Ansorge
HISTORY: Kim and Christopher Leddin at the new signal lights on the rail trail in Koroit. The lights have become a popular addition to the railway station precinct. Picture: Christine Ansorge

HISTORY continues to be brought alive at the Koroit Railway Station as part of the evolution of the Port Fairy to Warrnambool Rail Trail.

The rail trail committee of management has installed signal lights at the station.

Committee of management secretary Ian Bodycoat said the crossing lights were a great addition to the precinct.

“They are authentic crossing lights which we picked up a while ago,” Mr Bodycoat said.

“We have been wanting to find time to put the lights up and we have finally got around to it. The lights look great and we have had a lot of positive feedback around them.”

The lights are driven by solar power and remain illuminated during the day.

Mr Bodycoat said the committee of management is hoping to add to its body of historical items connected to the Koroit Railway Station.

“We would love to hear from people who may have those historically significant pieces at their home or sitting around in their shed,” he said.

“It would great to share that history with everyone who uses the rail trail.

“Things like finding the original Koroit sign that once stood on the platform, that would be a tremendous find.”

While the lights have added to the decorative appeal of the station, the practical operation of the area has also received a shot in the arm.

Work is now complete on the re-roofing of the good sheds.

Mr Bodycoat said the roof and new spouting were in place, weather proofing the shed and making it a usable space.

“We can  now use it as a storage space which is very handy,” he said.

“The spouting has meant we have an effective way of catching rainwater and we have a new tank in place next to the goods shed. The water we gather is used for watering plants around the station and mixing sprays.”

Mr Bodycoat said the next major task is to rebuild the external platform of the goods shed.

He is hoping to use red gum wood for this and said the rail trail committee would put its hand up for wood from the old Warrnambool Railway Station goods shed if the decision is made to pull that structure down.