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Eba Railway Siding

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by Michael Genrich (subscribe)
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Published June 5th 2021
A curious display in the middle of nowhere
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Eba railway siding.

Sometimes when you're in the middle of nowhere, you come across places that were once somewhere. Eba railway siding is a remnant of one of those old places that once thrived but now almost nothing remains.

Eba was once a lively small village on the Morgan railway line. Nowadays, a weathered station platform is all that remains. It's just off the Thiele Highway about ten kilometres west of Morgan. The highway is flat and straight out this way so the sudden flash of colour by the road catches the eye. What stands out in the dry and sandy landscape is the colourful collection of characters arranged around a railway station sign.

The strange sight really did make me want to stop and investigate. It's a whimsical display that's drawn the attention of photographers for some time. The concrete platform stands sentinel, dwarfed by the vast plains and big sky all around. There was some mystery surrounding who created and maintains the display but from research, it appears nearby farm owners have a hand in looking after it.

There's a small plaque describing some of the history of the area. The village of Eba once had a blacksmith, grocery, school, post office and a busy sawmill for shipping firewood to Adelaide. According to the story, living in Eba in the late 1800s seems to have been a frugal and tough life for many. The plaque is full of interesting information not found anywhere else.

If you're on a road trip to the Riverland, Eba railway siding is on the route via Morgan described in this article. It's worth stopping for a photo opportunity and a bit of wander through history.

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Why? A sliver of history
When: Any time
Where: Thiele Highway near Morgan
Cost: Free
Your Comment
Hi Michael, what a great find! Thanks for telling us about it! I love to see quirky bits of our history, and unusual folk art! Cheers. Bowen.
by Bowen Bowie-Woodham (score: 2|112) 14 days ago
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