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Published October 31st 2012
Did you see the ghost train?
On my recent trip to the little known Gilbert Valley of South Australia I visited disused railway stations at Riverton and Manoora.
My article sparked some interest in Australian railway forums, as many people who are interstate and overseas cannot easily visit and see our local sites. This article includes more photos for those who have an interest in Australian rail matters and South Australian history.
As you approach Manoora station from the north (John Street) the platform is barely visible through the long grass and other vegetation on the platform. A metal water tank stands at the north end of the platform and the advertising sign on its side is just visible: Burford's Prize No. 1 Soap. Burford's soap seems to have been popular around 1915-1925.
I remember the same policy of "only touching with a rag" on the signal handles of the Hamley Bridge railway station. An interesting point regarding the Riverton Railway Station is that we were taught at school that it was the site of Australia's only political assassination.
In 1991, the Hinterland Express stopped at the, otherwise disused, Riverton railway station for refreshments while on a day excursion to Burra. The train stopped again on its way back to Adelaide. Catering was by Riverton Takeway, and well done. The staff was dressed in appropriate black and white attire and lined up on the platform to greet the train. A journey back into time. Ron Bannon.
Liked your pics but the article could have had some historical references to go with it....when the stations were built...closed etc...thanks I did enjoy reading it. Also similar stations at eudunda saddleworth Hamley bridge. Shame they got rid of the old railway ...plenty more people could live in the country if they were still in use.