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The Railways of Eyre Peninsula

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Published on Sep 8, 2015

An informative and light hearted talk focussing on the history of South Australia's Eyre Peninsula. Peter Knife, President of the Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society describes the development of the "pioneer" narrow gauge railway network across this vast region and how the trains struggled to maintain regular services to the far flung farming communities.

Peter describes how rolling stock deemed no longer serviceable by the South Australian Railways on the "mainland" was sent to Port Lincoln where it was painstakingly refurbished in the workshops and placed back into service.

And watch this video to find out why the fireman had to open a gate to let the train through, although sometimes the driver didn't manage to stop the train in time.

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