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Disused Railway Stations in the Gilbert Valley

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by Dave Walsh (subscribe)
I enjoy writing about Adelaide and its many attractions. If you think Adelaide is boring, the problem is not with Adelaide. adelaideunearthed.blogspot.com.au/
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.

Riverton Station

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It's a Jungle Out There


As you approach Riverton station from the north the area is quite overgrown. Trees and long grass almost completely cover some old metal gates, while the wooden stock fences are still mostly standing.

Moving closer to the station, there is a large cleared area where the grass has been mowed, showing the station in its full glory.

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The Start of a One Way Trip for Stock?


Wikipedia describes the Riverton station as astonishingly massive the finest outside Adelaide.

It is still impressive as it comes into view. The station roof is well overdue for a coat of paint, but the rest of the building appears in good condition from a distance.

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Riverton Station Today


The signal box has not fared so well, with the external woodwork visibly deteriorating.

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Riverton Signal Box


There is a large shed and water tank to the south of the station site, but its current condition is not clear from a distance.

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Shed and Water Tank


Nearby two Red Hens nest sleepily in the undergrowth, but there are too many trees to see if more rolling stock is around.

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Red Hens Barbequing in the Midday Sun


As I leave, I pass a midden of railway waste left to return slowly to its natural state.

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A Railway Midden


Manoora Station

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Manoora Station Platform from the North


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.

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Water Tank with Barely Visible Advertising


On the western side of the line is a large stone shed which presumably was a part of the station facility, and appears to be used still. Tracks lead up to it at the rear.

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Manoora Station


The station exterior is largely in sound condition although a coat of paint wouldn't go amiss. The station garden enjoys its freedom in the right of the picture.

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Stone Tower Exterior


The stone tower at the south end of the platform appears well preserved on the outside.

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Stone Tower Interior


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Stone Tower Floor


Inside the tower there is a lot of debris on the floor, and a large hole in the ground which I didn't view up close - possibly a well.

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Station Building from Platform


Viewed closer from on the platform, the run down condition of the station building is more apparent. There one crack on an internal wall, and all the interior furniture and fittings have been removed.

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Rear of Manoora Station


I assume the area at the rear is the former ticket office. A sign advises that the station is closed, giving contact telephone numbers for the Transport Manager and the Northern Districts Manager.

Both of those positions are probably long gone, forgotten like their former responsibility in Manoora.
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Your Comment
I remember not being allowed to touch the levers in the signals control room at Riverton. They were only touched with a rag and not a spot of rust upon them.

Sad to see it all fall into disuse.
by jps32 (score: 0|8) 1736 days ago
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.
by linle (score: 0|8) 1474 days ago
Well deserved Gold Dave
by glenop (score: 2|823) 1751 days ago
Thanks Dave, we`ll check these stations out on our next trip north The Hannaford gallery at Riverton is also well worth a visit. Cheers Brendan McGuire.
by slogg (score: 1|62) 1629 days ago
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.
by pilar (score: 1|16) 1601 days ago
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.
by aunty (score: 1|24) 1449 days ago
I remember not being allowed to touch the levers in the signals control room at Riverton. They were only touched with a rag and not a spot of rust upon them.

Sad to see it all fall into disuse.
by jps32 (score: 0|8) 1736 days ago
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