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Bob the Railway Dog

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by Cecelia Hopkins (subscribe)
Cecelia's articles are illustrated by Allan who enjoys photography. Cecelia is also the author of: "Silver Springtime", "All for Love", "Mystic Evermore" and the new release: "Faith and Love".
Published February 23rd 2017
Railman's best friend and companion on tedious journeys
Bob the dog, Peterborough, SA
Bob the dog statue - Photo by Allan

The statue of Bob the Railway Dog is located around the centre of Main Street Peterborough, near Peterborough Station. Apparently Terowie special guard William Ferry first saw Bob in a cattle truck with other strays. He offered to buy him, but was told he could only swap for him. According to newspaper reports, Ferry located a stray dog at Port Augusta Police Station and the swap was effected. William Ferry was transferred to Peterborough and worked there until 1889, when he was transferred to Western Australia.

Bob the dog, Peterborough, SA, Peterborough Station
Peterborough Station - Photo by Allan

Living with a station guard, who was promoted to assistant station master, Bob was very familiar with trains. He often jumped on the train with his Master for a ride, and in later years, independently rode on trains as far as Adelaide, Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane. He often travelled with the driver and followed the engine-man home at the end of the trip. However, passengers also saw him on the train and he became a familiar sight. Apparently Bob was kept registered by the railway employees and was referred to as "the property of the SAR" once when he got lost.

Bob died in 1895. More information is available here.

Bob the dog, Peterborough, SA, Peterborough Station
Historic equipment - Photo by Allan

Peterborough Station is also the site of a historic carriage, information boards, memorial fountain and antique rail trolley. It offers handy access to the historic main street shops, hotels and Hoiles bus park.
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Where: Main Street, Peterborough, South Australia
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Bob's story would make a great addition to the Red Dog movie series! Great article Cecelia
by Paula McManus (score: 3|3620) 1262 days ago
Great article!
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