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Fifty six year old empty-nester. Wife to one, mum to four and nan to three precious grandies. Living simply is my passion, I enjoy growing food, living healthy and playing with a variety of crafts. I am always up for a bargain and love to op shop for vintage treasures.

Saturday, July 7, 2018

out back exploring

Hello there,

This afternoon (Saturday) we went out chasing some train history.  I have included a map of where Port Augusta is located for all those that do not know. We are situated in South Australia at the top of the Spencer Gulf and the following photos were taken in that area.

Hubby was trying to find a part of railway section that is no longer in existence. He thinks he may know where it was once located but is yet to confirm it. We will probably do some more investigating at a later date. 

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You can see some drone footage from our area here. It is very beautiful.

We pulled up along side the railway line and walked a short distance along a deserted track that was once a railway line that crossed a bridge over the Gulf to the old Salt Works.  The Salt Works closed down in 1932.

Here are some random pics I took along the way...

The old Salt Works can be just seen in the distance to the left on the other side of the Gulf.

Among the mangroves.

Old railway line...

This is as far as we could go.  From this point it was across the water to the other side.  Sadly the bridge is in a bad state of disrepair.

Animal tracks...

Rusty remnants...


More tracks, fox maybe?


Pieces of coal from the old steam days...

 Today's East-West line, all shiny and well used.

See you soon,



  1. Looks somewhat like our desert southwest.

  2. I have explored old pieces of the original lines here in Virginia which date to the 1840s or so in places. The land tries to get back to the original contour so they are hard to follow in places. A metal detector helps as lots of metal is left behind. I was mainly looking for the glass telegraph insulators and the poles locations can be found as they dropped metal like pieces of tie wire around them. I would use metal tines to probe the ground and locate the unique sound of glass under ground. Like you, I got a lot of nice photos while exploring. The US army would try and destroy the rail system during our civil war but our people would quickly rebuild when they had gone. Nothing of value to find, just neat to find the old grades, rusty metal and broken glass.

  3. It's gorgeous, Tania! The sky is so blue...

  4. Beautiful Tania!! Thanks so much for your photos ..... takes me right back (a Very Long Time ago .... 38 years) to when I lived near that area for a time. Xxx

  5. Such beautiful vistas, Tania. That wonderful wide blue sky. A day meant for exploring I think! Meg:)

  6. Such interesting exploring for you.

  7. It's very cool to see the history in your area! I used to live next to an abandoned rail line and I would walk the dog along the path the train took. It was easy to follow because the ground had to be elevated due to the marshy ground in that area. I rented an apartment in the upstairs of a building that was once the railroad station, dry goods store, and (a bit later) the first ice cream parlor in the area.


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