'Thirty-four kilometres north-west of Temora, the small town of Ariah Park's major claim to fame is that it was here that the NSW Railways launched its first bulk-wheat loading operation in 1916. The historic event is duly recorded on a plaque adorning an old S-truck wagon parked on a town siding.'—Travelmate.com.au In December 2004 daily intermodal trains, with containers of wine and other products, still ran from Griffith through Ariah Park and Temora. This train has long since been diverted along the southern route from Griffith through Narrandera and Junee to Melbourne, for Patricks. Apart from this train, a steady stream of wheat trains down from Lake Cargelligo, Naradhan and Hillston meant Temora then was quite a busy rail junction. In April 2008 there are no trains running at Temora, owing to drought, the poor grain harvest and the fact that Pacific National no longer is interested in rural grain. I filmed Southern Shorthaul Railway train 4CM7 from Griffith hauled by three smoky 48-class light branchline locomotives at Ariah Park next to the famous S-truck, then in the forest 10 kms west of Temora, then at the level crossing at Temora.
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Recorded at Art Resistance, Sydney thanks to Jill Hickson and John Reynolds. Performed by John Tognolini A railway line was built in across the New South Wales's Hunter Valley from Muswellbrook, to Denman in 1915 and Sandy Hollow and Merriwa in 1917. The section between Sandy Hollow and Merriwa has been closed since 1988. The Sandy Hollow Line between Sandy Hollow, Gulgong and Maryvale, (between Wellington and Dubbo) in Central West NSW, was originally surveyed in 1860 as a more easily graded crossing of the Great Dividing Range than the Blue Mountains line nearer to Sydney. It was not commenced, however, until 1937, when it began as an unemployment relief scheme of the NSW Government, achieving infamy for having no modern mechanical devices used on it, other than trucks carrying concrete for the tunnels and bridge piers, all other work being done with picks, shovels, hand drills, horses and carts. Construction continued through World War 2 at a halfhearted pace, held up by money, labour and especially steel shortages, only to be abandoned unfinished, 92% complete, a few years later in 1951. The line crosses the Great Dividing Range by following the Goulburn River and Bylong Valleys from Sandy Hollow to Bylong, with a tunnel under Cox's Gap. The tunnel, No.1 of three in the Bylong range and five on the entire line, that was built under Cox's Gap between 1946 and 1949 was used for eastbound road traffic on the Bylong Valley Way until work recommenced in the early 1980s. The line was opened as a heavy-haul railway to the major coal mine at Ulan in 1982 and extended to Gulgong in 1985 to meet the line to Dunedoo and Dubbo. Because coal from Ulan is now the primary function of this line, Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) refer to the line as the Ulan line all the way from Muswellbrook to Gulgong. The coal trains from Ulan are up to 1800m long and take their loads to Newcastle. The Sandy Hollow Line a poem by Duke Tritton in 1937. The sun was blazing in the sky and waves of shimmering heat, Glared down on the railway cutting, we were half dead on our feet, And the ganger stood on the bank of the cut and he snarled at the men below, "You'd better keep them shovels full or all you cows 'll go." I never saw such a useless mob, you'd make a feller sick, As shovel men you're hopeless, and you're no good with the pick." There were men in the gang who could belt him with a hand tied at the back But he had power behind him and we dare not risk the sack. So we took it all in silence, for this was the period when We lived in the great depression and nothing was cheaper than men. And we drove the shovels and swung the picks and cursed the choking dust; We'd wives and hungry kids to feed so toil in the heat we must. And as the sun rose higher the heat grew more intense, The flies were in their millions, the air was thick and dense, We found it very hard to breathe, our lungs were hot and tight With the stink of sweating horses and the fumes of gelignite. But still the ganger drove us on, we couldn't take much more; We prayed for the day we'd get the chance to even up the score. A man collapsed in the heat and dust, he was carried away to the side, It didn't seem to matter if the poor chap lived or died. "He's only a loafer," the ganger said. "A lazy, useless cow. I was going to sack him anyway, he's saved me the trouble now." He had no thoughts of the hungry kids, no thought of a woman's tears, As she struggled and fought to feed her brood all down the weary years. But one of the government horses fell and died there in the dray, They hitched two horses to him and they dragged the corpse away. The ganger was a worried man and he said with a heavy sigh: "It is a bloody terrible thing to see a good horse die." "You chaps get back now to your work, don't stand loafing there, Get in and trim the batter down, I'll get the Engineer." The Engineer came and looked around and he said as he scratched his head, "No horse could work in this dreadful heat or all of them will be dead." "There much too valuable to lose, they cost us quite a lot And I think it is a wicked shame to work them while it's hot. So we will take them to the creek and spell them in the shade, You men must all knock off at once. Of course you won't be paid." And so we plodded to our camps and it seemed to our weary brains, We were no better than convicts, though we didn't wear the chains, And in those drear depression days, we were unwanted men, But we knew that when a war broke out, we'd all be heroes then. And we'd be handed a rifle and forced to fight for the swine, Who tortured us and starved us, on the Sandy Hollow Line. It was first printed by the Sydney Bush Music Club. First set to music and performed by John Dengate who played in just Am. My version is Am, Em, G & D. You can hear John Dengate singing it without his guitar at http://railwaystory.com/song/020.htm
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Back to Gundy was a community based celebration entailing sports, historic guided bus trip, tree planting by senior pioneers, movie night, B-B-Q's and much more. My Mothers family (Cliffords) were early settlers in Gundy, and I was proud to have made sure my Mother attended "Back to Gundy 2001" where she re-lived many important child hood memories. This video is uploaded here to share before forgotten. Thanks people of Gundy.
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