Standing silently and still
This disused rail line wends its way through the Northern Rivers area of NSW.
It was the first on the North Coast and was opened in 1894.
It went from Murwillumbah, Byron Bay and Lismore, extending to Casino in 1903.
A branch line was built to Kyogle in 1910 and this was extended to Brisbane in 1930.
Before too long, the link to Brisbane formed the main Sydney to Brisbane line and the Casino to Murwillumbah line became a secondary line.
I remember travelling as a child on this line from Casino to Murwillumbah.
It ran through the picturesque green hills of the Northern Rivers.
As a child, I also travelled on the Sydney to Brisbane line regularly from Casino to Whiporie, often home from boarding school on a Friday afternoon.
My sisters and I had to arrive at the station early to inform the conductor that we would be on the train so he could have the train stop at Whiporie, (not a regular scheduled stop) to let us off.
One day, I remember the conductor forgot to stop the train so we ran through the carriages trying to find him.
We were halfway to Banyabba before we found him and he immediately pulled the emergency cord so the train came to a sudden stop.
He went through to the engine and the train started to reverse all the way back to Whiporie.
I clearly remember feeling extremely embarrassed.
Everyone around us was wondering why we were reversing and some very loudly spoken American tourists with strong accents were drawling, "Why are we going backwards?"
We scrambled out at the station feeling mortified, as only teenage girls of that era can.
I can't imagine that in this day and age state rail would be so very accommodating.
It is sad to see this Casino to Murwillumbah branch line standing silently neglected.
There has been talk of converting it into a cycleway but it never seems to eventuate.
What a marvellously scenic tourist attraction it would be.
Published 29 Jan 2017. North Lismore NSW 2480
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Yes it happened again as seen in the photo. This time the babies were older. We do not have any cats, dogs or foxes on the property, their only danger was being observed too much by us. Oh and the odd hungry goanna.
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The bottom of Myrtle Forest Falls
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