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Rail in the Mid North

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Rail in the Mid North

Postby Flexity110 » Tue Apr 14, 2009 1:35 pm

Visiting family in the Southern Flinders Ranges over Easter, I made the most of opportunity to do some train-related photography whilst touring the area. I was surprised with how much there is to do there now, with the area establishing itself as a Wine and Gourmet Food region in place of the more traditional crops which have driven many to brink through the drought. Anyway, enough waffle, here are the pics:

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AD8 (Adelaide - Darwin) waits for a signal at Coonamia (Port Pirie) with the Southern Flinders Ranges in the background.

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The remains of the narrow gauge route through Laura. This line closed around 1987 and the rails disappeared soon afterward, today not even the railway station remains.

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On the same narrow gauge link was Stone Hut. This is the remains of the line into the tiny settlement, taken near what is now Hickory's Run Oliveria - a sign of the diversification taking place in these farming communities.

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DA8 (Darwin - Adelaide) pulls into Coonamia just over an hour late, led by NR75 and AN2. There were three passengers boarding at Coonamia - who says regional rail is dead? (and before the fence nazis start, I was one of them)

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Red Service seats on the Ghan. This car, unlike the other ex-CR cars in the consist, was a former SAR car which has been refurbished. These cars were built for the East-West Express between Adelaide and Port Pirie.
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Re: Rail in the Mid North

Postby MPM » Tue Apr 14, 2009 4:29 pm

hey thanks for sharing those rail picks, the inside of that carriage looks pretty comfortable and new, hope your port pirie trip over easter was fun :D .

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Re: Rail in the Mid North

Postby Crispy! » Wed Apr 15, 2009 2:29 am

Nice pics flexity 110 thanks for the history mentioned about these old lines :)
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