Sunday, 6 July 2008

Re: Monday Morning Photo. 24/3/08.

I tried to attach the two pages in order, naturally that didn't work.

Anyway it'll do for an excuse to post a couple more shots taken at Port Lincoln itself. The station, which is still standing, is a pretty impressive public building. Much more impressive than that at Peterborough which was the headquarters of a much busier Division. In the other photo Brill 487 is lurching out of the platform road and setting out for Minnipa, the passenger load would be pretty negligible but the two vans hint at a fair bit of roadside van goods. The passenger service on this Division lasted 'til 1968. The cars in the yard are Relay Vans used on the Buckleboo working, two separate crews worked these trains out and back in relaying shifts, one on and one off.

Peter Knife's two recent books "Peninsula Pioneer" and "Peninsula Memories" are very recommended reading for anyone who would like to know more about this isolated and remote railway and it's people which really was responsible for opening up vast areas of South Australia's west coast in the early years of the 20th Century.

Eric Newby's book "The Last Grain Race" describes how much of the grain produced here reached Europe in the years before the Second War. Also worth reading is "Ketch Hand" by Ron Theile. The Port Adelaide ketch fleet mostly seemed to serve the small Gulf ports but some ventured out into the Bight. Trucks finally knocked this trade on the head in the early '60s.

I was too flat out to post last week but I reckon I have made up for it now!

Best regards to all, the list continues to grow,

Peter Bruce.

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