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Forrestfield Hump

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Fate: Demolished

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This list may not be complete and does not yet include employees who worked here without being appointed.
Where an appointment date is unknown, the Weekly Notice (WN) date advising of the appointment or other official documentation, i.e. Certificate of Competency (CC) will be used.




Rance, Fred 30/04/1973 - CC Hump Controller, Class 2
Rance, Fred
24/10/1975 - CC
Hump Controller, Class 1
Bailey, Phillip W. 03/02/1982 - CC
Hump Controller, Class 1
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11/02/2013 - Former W. A. G. R. Employee Fred Rance remembers:
"During 1975 I was rostered to learn the Forrestfield Hump control panel. After about 3 weeks learning it, I was examined by an Inspector of Safeworking and passed on Oct. 24th 1975.
We had people called numbertakers who would walk alongside a train after it arrived in the arrival roads and he would radio details of the train to an office girl who would convey the infomation she received on to a form called a CUT LIST. When completed, she would hand the Cut List to the HUMP FOREMAN. Once he got it he would put every wagon on the train into a siding called BALLOONS. They were lettered from A, B, C, D, E, so when finished he would hand back the cut list to the office girl who would type the list out on a teleprinter - one copy would go to the Hump Crest for the shunters, one for the Hump Controller, and last copy for the Foreman.
The Hump Controller once he received the Cut List off the printer would ask the Area Signalman to put the Hump loco on the back of the next train to be 'humped'. As the loco went up the yard it went into a dead-end were a switch box was located, and the Drivers Assistant would turn a key inside the box to either H1 or H2. This was designed for 2 hump locos to work the yard in order they can be idenified by the Hump Controller by the use of his cab signal switch on his panel - simply pull the switch up or down to select your loco H1 or H2, then turn the switch around to select the road the train was on.
Once it was all set up the Area Signalman would give you a 'Slot' , and when ready, the Hump Controller would simply push the approach button. This placed the hump signal to "Approach" and in turn the Cab Signal to the same aspect. When the train was getting close to the hump the controller would radio the driver "HUMP SPEED thanks". The wagons were then cut-off (uncoupled) as per cut-list and they would roll down the yard to the designated 'balloon', all controlled with piston-type retarters. Prior to this happening, the controllers printer had printed out a ribbon and a cut-list. Once it finished the controller placed the ribbon through a tape feeder and the controller pushed a button on his panel which started the machine reading the tape. On the panel there was five small windows and these displayed the cut, i.e. A5, B6, E4, etc., and when it finshed with all five windows having cuts in them humping would start. The controller would tick his list off as the wagons left the hump and if the foreman changed his mind about a destination the controller could over-ride it and manually direct the wagon to its correct road, and if the computer had a previous wagon still in its memory a 'CATCH UP' alarm would sound.

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