THE OLD GHAN
ex Great Northern Railway to Alice Springs
( & the distinct possibility of linking up Peterborough " Steamtown " with the Pichi Richi Railway )
The Narrow Gauge Heritage Railway Line from
Port Augusta to Peterborough, , could conceivably become the longest operational
track in the Southern Hemisphere, when ( rather than if, ) with the aid
of Federal ( National ) & State ( South Australian ) Government, Regional
Tourism Grant(s), the existing two ( 2 ) operational railway lines based from
the two ( 2 ) ( Steam ) Railway Preservation Society's, at Quorn &
Peterborough, respectively, are renewed, & converged to be joined :-
* South / East of Kingswood / Bruce on the one hand,
* North / West of Eurelia / Carrieton, on the other hand.
PETERBOROUGH ( ex PETERSBURG 1871 - 1918 ) ,
formerly Divisional Headquarters for the whole of the Northern Narrow Gauge
Railway System :
253 Ks North of Adelaide, South Australia.
( to Eurelia, ) the longest section of regularly used 1067 mm " narrow " ( 3 ' 6 " ) gauge railway track in South Australia . " Steamtown " working Railway Museum, last remaining three ( 3 ) gauge Round House & Turntable, last remaining S.A. Government Gold Battery ( 1897 ), Rodeo, Race Meeting & Gymkhana, Old Power Station, Hospital Auxiliary Crafts & Hobbies Market / Shine & Show Automotive Exhibition, Car Rally & Country / Western Dance, Tank Hill Lookout, Rann & Leys Museums, St Cecilia's, largest ornate Country Town Hall, Town Hall Movie Nights, Debutante Ball, Cabarets, " Blues Train " Band, Heritage Walk(s), Victoria Park, Jubilee Park, Magnetic Hill, Dares Hill Drive, Black Rock Dirt Circuit Racing, Yongla Spring Time Ball, Rootopia Sanctuary, Dawson ( ghost ? ) redundant Town Gymkhana, etc.,
BLACK ROCK * : photo stop ;
longest overland Railway Bridge on the former SAR ( South Australian Railways ) Network.
Also, Black Rock Peak bush walking, local Hotel / " Art Palace " & Dirt Circuit Racing, ( evening Cabaret at Peterborough Town Hall ) etc., ; see / click on the previous " Trains & Racing " Page on the Horizontal Menu or trains.html
ORROROO * 1864, ( Railway line construction
continued from Petersburg & reached Orroroo in 09 / 1881 ) : 35 Ks ( 5 [
train ] hours return ) Special Show Train 23 / 10 / 2000 ;
with extended stop to view tour exhibits & arena events. Reservoir, Pekina Creek Scenic Walk & Aborignal Rock Carvings, Natural Springs, Fossilised Algae, 1896 Poem Rock Carving, Lions Park, 10 m around / 900 years old ? Red River Gum Tree, Memorial Hall, Yesteryear Costume Gallery, Cellar Antiques, Tank Hill Lookout, Early Settlers' Cottage, etc.,
WALLOWAY : ( Creek Camp ) Proximity of one of the worse Great Northern Railway accidents, when two ( 2 ) goods trains collided head on, 16 / 11/ 1901, with two ( 2 ) firemen killed & the drivers badly injured.
EURELIA * : 57 Ks North - West of Peterborough ( 7 [ train ] hours return ) Peterborough ( Steam ) Railway Preservation Society, barbec ue lunch ), etc.,
OLADDIE HILLS ( School Train )
CARRIETON * ( 1878 ) : Rodeo ( December ), Yanyarrie Whim Well, Belton Road Aboriginal Carvings, etc.,
MOOCKRA : Horseshoe Range featuring the unusual Tower rock, etc.,
HAMMOND ( 1879 ) :
BRUCE ( 1876 ) : located between Mount Brown Conservation Park / Waukarie Falls & the Horseshoe Range, etc.,
QUORN ( 1879 ) : 41 Ks from Port Augusta, etc., Host to some Australian Movies ; " Gallipoli ", " Sunday Too Far Away ", " The Shiralee " ; Pichi Richi Railway Workshop Guided Tour, Pichi Richi Heritage Steam Railway journeys / second ( 2 nd ) & fourth ( 4 th ) Sundays, Public & School Holidays ; Pichi Richi Conservation Park ; Warren Gorge, Buckaringa Gorge, Dutchmans Stern ( Rocky Bluff / 10 Kms North ) / Conservation Park, Museums, Art Galleries, Historic Buildings Walk, historic Kanyaka Sheep Station ruins, Yourambulla Caves, Proby's Grave ; Walking Trails :- Richmond Valley Road / Olive Grove, Devil's Peak 697 m / 700 - million year old quartzite fossil impressions, three ( 3 ) walks / Dutchmans Stern ( Rocky Bluff ) 10 Kms North, etc.,
SUMMIT : from Quorn, 12 Kms / 6 hours walking trail, etc.,
PICHI RICHI : Pass & Town Site, ( 2 1/2 [ train ] hours return ) ( on " Pichi Richi Explorer " Steam Locomotive 1890 - 1930 ),etc.,
WOOLSHED FLAT : ( 2 3/4 [ train ] hours return ) ( on " Pichi Richi Explorer " Steam Locomotive 1890 - 1930 & " Barwell Bull " 1928 Diesel Railcar ), etc.,
STIRLING NORTH : ( 7 Ks South / East of Port Augusta ) / 3 [ train ] hours return from Quorn on " Afghan Express " / Original Ghan Steam Locomotive, etc.,
PORT AUGUSTA : " The Cross Roads of Australia " / The complete line from Adelaide was officially declared open on 22 / 05 / 1882, Fishing & Crabbing / Boat, Wharf, Jetty, Bridge or 4 Beaches ; Fishing Charters, sightseeing / evening cruises ; Olympic - size Swimming Pool, Water Skiing, Golf, 12 rink synthetic green Bowls, flexi pave or supergrass Tennis, Squash, Gliding / Soaring, 2 hour Heritage Walk / Drive, regular Horse, Harness & Greyhound, Races, Wadlata Outback Centre / Interpretive Centre / Aboriginal Dreaming, European Settlement, Geology, Mining ; Australian Arid Lands Botanic Gardens, Flinders / Redbank Lookout, Water Tower Lookout, $ 500 million Northern Power Station, Homestead Park Pioneer Musuem / Pastoral Museum housed in a 140 - year - old original log station homestead, School of the Air, Royal Flying Doctor Service, Fountain Gallery, Curdnatta Art & Pottery Gallery ; Tours, Gawler Ranges, Pandurra Station, Spear Creek, Eco & Bird Watching ; Festivals & Events, Eremophila Ferstival ( September ), Christmas Lighting Festival ( December ), Seagrims Outback Surf Boat Carnival ( February ), Antique Craft Fair ( April ), Country Music Festival ( April ), Port Augusta Racing Carnival ( June ), Pichi Richi Marathon ( July ), Port Augusta Golf Week ( August ), Show Jumping Championships ( August ) ; Public Bus Service, Airport, Coach, Rail, Taxi, & Hire Car ; etc.,
* Several localities near these Townships were inspected by the Government Geologist in July 1886, where shallow shafts had been sunk on supposed silver lodes.
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