Disused Grain Silos Belfrayden NSW
I had a look through the now disused grain silo at Belfrayden in April 2023. Passenger services ceased operation on the Uranquinty to Kywong line in 1975 during a time of widespread closure of New South Wales branch-line passenger services.
After this the line was as a seasonal wheat line. The line was completely closed in 1988. The now disused grain silos at Belfrayden were likely in use up until about that time. They are now in a fairly overgrown state having closed over 30 years ago.
There is also a grain storage shed of typical construction on the site and it looks as if it might still be in use by a local pastoral company.
Grain Silos Australia – Why Do we have Them?
An Australian Wheat Board was formed under the War Precautions Act 1914. After formation of the Australian Wheat Board (AWB) the federal government began building grain silos across the wheat-producing regions. A concrete silo type S024 [2400 tonnes capacity] was built at Belfrayden in 1931 on the now abandoned Uranquinty to Kywong railway line.
The Grain Silo Weighbridge At Belfrayden
The grain silo weighbridge at Belfrayden is fully intact. With a clean-up and a service I think it would be ready to use. The scale section of the weighbridge is clearly marked as having been made by Hawke & Co. Pty. Ltd in Kapunda SA. It has a label on it with sales and service information from Mettler Toledo.
Belfrayden is a small New South Wales Rural Location within the local government area of Wagga Wagga, it is located approximately 405kms from the capital Sydney covering an area of 4.046 square kilometres. Belfrayden has a recorded population of 30 residents and is within the Australian Eastern Daylight Time zone Australia/Sydney.