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During the 19th and 20th centuries, the national rail system was extremely popular and heavily used.
Australian trains carried goods and passengers around the country, as rail lines provided much faster travel times than alternatives before motor cars became popular in the 1950's. From Terowie to Tailem Bend, from Manoora to Mount Lofty, communities were left to deal with their own stations as they wished.
While Mount Barker is no longer used as part of the national rail system, the station building and rail lines have found a whole new life as the centre of the Steamranger Heritage Railway network.
Steamranger operate a fantastic collection of heritage Australian trains from Mount Barker through the Hills and around the Fleurieu Peninsula. Unfortunately you cannot catch a Steamranger train in Adelaide, but Mount Barker is an easy 20 minutes drive along the freeway - or you can catch a bus from Adelaide that terminates at the station.
You can read more here about their Cockle train, which operates between Victor Harbour and Goolwa. If you are enthusiastic about railways and South Australian trains, have a browse through the Steamranger enthusiast's website too. It's great to see that the Mount Barker station has survived its first hundred years and is still a focus for the community. The station at Littlehampton is perhaps typical of many of the smaller stations scattered about the railways of Australia.
It is a simple construction of timber and corrugated iron, and is the only relic of what must have been a bustling place a hundred years ago. The quantity of eggs now being dispatched from the Balaklava district is said to equal a ton a day.
Australian rail enthusiasts have often commented about how disused railway stations are wasted and left to rot even if they are heritage listed. But the Nairne railway station has had a reprieve - it has been adopted by volunteers from the Lions Club of Nairne. The volunteers have lovingly maintained the railway station over many years, and restored it to hold a useful place in its community.
Unfortunately the old stone goods shed opposite the station building is constantly under attack from vandals. But at least the 130 year old station building survives, to continue serving community it has served for so long. Thanks for that tip - yes I touched on Aldgate in my article on the Mount Lofty station, although I haven't been there. I have seen a little of the Strathalbyn station when I went to the market, but need to go back for better photos. Stations at Aldgate and Strathalbyn are also occupied & well used by community organisations. WeekendNotes will notify you of the best free community events, concerts, exhibitions, cinema, festivals, and markets in your town or city.
Geoff Moss draws upon over sixty years of experience and wisdom to relate the story of Sydney's electric trains. On my recent trip to the little known Gilbert Valley of South Australia I visited disused railway stations at Riverton and Manoora.
My article sparked some interest in Australian railway forums, as many people who are interstate and overseas cannot easily visit and see our local sites. Moving closer to the station, there is a large cleared area where the grass has been mowed, showing the station in its full glory. Wikipedia describes the Riverton station as astonishingly massive — the finest outside Adelaide. There is a large shed and water tank to the south of the station site, but its current condition is not clear from a distance. Nearby two Red Hens nest sleepily in the undergrowth, but there are too many trees to see if more rolling stock is around.


As you approach Manoora station from the north (John Street) the platform is barely visible through the long grass and other vegetation on the platform.
On the western side of the line is a large stone shed which presumably was a part of the station facility, and appears to be used still. The station exterior is largely in sound condition although a coat of paint wouldn't go amiss. Inside the tower there is a lot of debris on the floor, and a large hole in the ground which I didn't view up close - possibly a well. Viewed closer from on the platform, the run down condition of the station building is more apparent. Both of those positions are probably long gone, forgotten like their former responsibility in Manoora. I remember the same policy of "only touching with a rag" on the signal handles of the Hamley Bridge railway station. Thanks Dave, we`ll check these stations out on our next trip north The Hannaford gallery at Riverton is also well worth a visit. In 1991, the Hinterland Express stopped at the, otherwise disused, Riverton railway station for refreshments while on a day excursion to Burra.
Woorabinda is a scenic nature reserve and wetlands located in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills.
When I visited on a beautiful sunny day there were lots of aquatic birds with chicks on the banks of the lake, while invisible birds in the trees made their melodious calls.
It was near the middle of the day - I understand that the diversity of birdlife is even more visible early in the day and the evening.
The lake area is very popular with local families and children, while I was there several groups came to feed the ducks and ducklings. Groups of people of all ages were walking around the lake, and it is also a favourite place for model boating enthusiasts. Dog owners can bring their pets on leash only due to the abundance of wildlife including bandicoots, lizards, frogs, koalas and possums. In the 1920's the South Australian Railways built this dam to provide water for steam engines that travelled through the hills to Bridgewater. People visit here for all sorts of reasons - the animals, birds, flowers, the exercise of walking around the lake, or just the serenity of the tranquil environment.
Thankfully the Friends of Stirling Linear Park have looked after this place well for the benefit of all of us.
If you came up to the Hills to see Woorabinda, there are several other exciting attractions nearby that you will also enjoy.
Of all days to forget the GPS and findng the good old street directory missing from the car, I inadvertently ended up at this spot. A Puffing Billy steam train hauled by locomotive 14A crosses the Monbulk Creek trestle after leaving Belgrave station near Melbourne.
Puffing Billy steam locomotive 6A is reversed into the engine shed for the night at Belgrave station in the Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne. During a decade of decay and disrepair, public pressure to reopen the railway as a tourist endeavour built. Steam engine fireman Barry Rogers wipes down locomotive 12A in the shed before hauling a train from Belgrave.
Sipping a cup of tea kept hot sitting on the firebox hob, Holmes and 70-year-old fireman Barry Rogers get the all-clear and the 10am train packed with tourists rolls out of Belgrave station.Over the beat of the exhaust and the steam pressure safety valve popping off, Holmes speaks directly to the engine in lively conversation. Staff at the Puffing Billy railway station of Lakeside put out a sign for the next arriving train as locomotive 14A is watered on the platform. Railway workers carry a wheelbarrow full of ash after cleaning out the smokebox of locomotive 6A.


They were once an immensely important part of South Australian history, but for many their time has now passed.
The cockle train has the oldest steel rail lines of any railway in Australia, but your mind is more likely to be occupied with the beautiful ocean views as you pass Port Elliot. There were factories producing bricks, jam, sauces, bacon, wattle extract, a brewery and a sawmill in Littlehampton by 1890. People in adjoining gardens gaze curiously at any sign of life as one walks along the tracks.
Not only do the Lions Club use the station for their own meetings, but it is also available for other community organisations to use too. This article includes more photos for those who have an interest in Australian rail matters and South Australian history. Trees and long grass almost completely cover some old metal gates, while the wooden stock fences are still mostly standing. The station roof is well overdue for a coat of paint, but the rest of the building appears in good condition from a distance. A metal water tank stands at the north end of the platform and the advertising sign on its side is just visible: Burford's Prize No. There one crack on an internal wall, and all the interior furniture and fittings have been removed. A sign advises that the station is closed, giving contact telephone numbers for the Transport Manager and the Northern Districts Manager. They were only touched with a rag and not a spot of rust upon them. Sad to see it all fall into disuse. The area is rich with native fauna and wildlife, and offers a scenic walk around the lake through colourful native flora. There are plenty of other off leash parks elsewhere in the local area where there is no wildlife to threaten. There are bird identification charts mounted inside the hide to help you get the species names of any birds that you spot. The area was known as Crossfell from the 1880's until around 1950, and even in 1891 the population was around 67 people living in 16 houses.
There are marker posts dotted around which correspond to numbers in the brochure with helpful information. Check out the suburb that doesn't exist, or call in to explore the Waite Precinct at the bottom of the freeway. I did not see any signage from Stirling central itself that led to Stirling Park nor Waroobinda Reserve. The need to transfer the crops and timber it carried onto larger, broad gauge trains made it financially untenable.Despite those losses and the rise of motor vehicles in the first half of the 20th century, Puffing Billy always enjoyed a loyal following with daytrippers, honeymooners and weekenders a€“ until a large landslide covered the tracks and closed down operations in 1953. A truckload of felloes (wheel rims), weighing over 8 tons, was sent from the same station to the Mile-End goods station for city firms. The water from the dam eventually flowed down to Aldgate station, where it was held in tanks for use when needed. He has it down to a science as the steam safety valve pops off right at the base of the next climb, signalling to Holmes that he has the maximum pressure available to attack the hill. The model boating enthusiast were such a friendly bunch and even offered a little play on their construction. They pointed out a public toilet leading up the stairs behind them which would be handy to know.



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