Planning a trip along the Oodnadatta Track and the old Central Australian Railway Line

 
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
On the back of an adventure in the flinders ranges last year, I am now planning to drive the track and photograph points on the old Ghan Line between Quorn and Alice Springs.

Now what spots should I be paying particular attention to visiting?

Regards
Brian

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  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
Algebuckina bridge is a good sight, I think it is still intact. Otherwise the pubs are ok.
  fabricator Chief Commissioner

Location: Gawler
Apparently Curdimurka is well preserved, one video shows tracks, water tank, sheds etc still in place.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Algebuckina bridge is a good sight, I think it is still intact. Otherwise the pubs are ok.
Rodo

Excellent!
  thebushpig Beginner

Excellent!
bevans
If you do the trip in Mid October to November, you might also see the coal train to Leigh Creek running during the day.
  alcoworldseries Deputy Commissioner

Location: Auburn
From now til May take plenty of drinking water (and fly spray)
  hosk1956 Deputy Commissioner

Location: no where near gunzels
It has been tooo many years since I went up there and what was there might not now be there, so Ill leave others to give up to date details.
But do the dirt road detour thru Puttapa Gap.
All the old station sites have something for the rail enthusiast, even it is just the "sit and reflect" feeling, they made good camp sights as well, water softening plants were still in place but AN may have cleaned them out in the scrap metal drive.
Some stations still had railway dams nearby which offered great wild life shots.
Algebuckina Bridge will always be there, I think it is heritage listed or some such title.
August/September is the best time to go up thru there.

Wayne
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
Please please post heaps of photos when you get back.
  sulzer Junior Train Controller

Location: QLD
will you be going there this year or the next ?
  AFULE Chief Train Controller

Location: South Australia
will you be going there this year or the next ?
sulzer
If you get a chance have a look on the Oodnadatta side of the Algie bridge, I believe that there are a couple of graves there of railway men, not sure if they have names on them. I missed these when I sent over the approx 300 names for the Werris Creek Memorial a few years ago.

Regards

Rex

Ps, I might get up that way again myself next year, if I'm lucky.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
will you be going there this year or the next ?
sulzer

Looking at January 2014.
  steam4ian Chief Commissioner

Doesn't sound the best time.

Very high temperatures. Most rain up there, when it does fall, comes in late January February. doesn't take much rain to turn the tracks into rivers.

Ian
  allan Chief Commissioner

Doesn't sound the best time.

Very high temperatures. Most rain up there, when it does fall, comes in late January February. doesn't take much rain to turn the tracks into rivers.

Ian
steam4ian
Agree, completely...
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
Doesn't sound the best time.

Very high temperatures. Most rain up there, when it does fall, comes in late January February. doesn't take much rain to turn the tracks into rivers.

Ian
steam4ian
And the water can come up very quickly and flow very fast.    I've seen this up Alice Springs way.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

I'll add my agreement, the January-February weather up there is completely unsuitable for all but the very most experienced outback travellers who have a very good reason to be out there and all the right equipment (a 4WD equipped with skid plate, off-road tyres, six litres of water per person per day plus emergency supplies, VHF radio or satellite phone, clothing for both 40 degree days and freezing nights etc). People are quite reasonably advised to avoid travelling even the Stuart Highway at that time of the year if they don't know what they're doing, let alone unsurfaced Far North region roads.  You get only two types of weather - the majority are dry days with extreme heat and below freezing temperatures overnight, or the minority of chaotically rainy days.

January might well be when you're available, but getting a few snaps of an old rail line is just not worth your life - or the thousands of dollars that you may have to pay if you require assistance to get yourself and/or your vehicle rescued.

The general consensus is that the best time to travel up that way is May to October.
  Black Hoppers Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
On the back of an adventure in the flinders ranges last year, I am now planning to drive the track and photograph points on the old Ghan Line between Quorn and Alice Springs.

Now what spots should I be paying particular attention to visiting?

Regards
Brian
"bevans"


I hope you are hiring a 4wd vehicle as its not really normal family car turf.

Also as you are going in Jan of whats being predicted to be another scorching summer PLEASE take a jerry can of water or two and the same of fuel.

Better safe than sorry eh.
  David Peters Dr Beeching

Location: "With Hey Boy".
I hope you are hiring a 4wd vehicle as its not really normal family car turf.

Also as you are going in Jan of whats being predicted to be another scorching summer PLEASE take a jerry can of water or two and the same of fuel.

Better safe than sorry eh.
Black Hoppers
Also for safety's sake report into a South Australian police station before commencing any trip up there. Give them your destination and probable route, also how long you intend to take as well, so that if you do strike trouble and it is dead easy to do, they can have a rough idea where you are if you are overdue. Too many think it is just another country drive or something, it is not and keep an eye on the weather as well, it only takes a matter of minutes to go from one extreme to the other up there weather wise. A 4wd is essential in most places in case you do strike adverse weather conditions.
  Black Hoppers Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
I hope you are hiring a 4wd vehicle as its not really normal family car turf.

Also as you are going in Jan of whats being predicted to be another scorching summer PLEASE take a jerry can of water or two and the same of fuel.

Better safe than sorry eh.
"Black Hoppers"


Also take a satelite phone as i highly doubt you will get nextg coverage, plus get the number for the RFDS incase you get crook or injured.
  justapassenger Chief Commissioner

The best procedure for calling emergency help is to dial the standard international emergency number 112 from your mobile or satellite phone rather than contacting the RFDS. Dialling 112 contacts the same operators as a 000 call, but it engages a rough location routine if possible, plus by calling the standard emergency number you will allow the emergency services to make a coordinated decision on how to handle your case instead of you skipping straight to one service provider.

If you have a 406 MHz digital EPIRB (Emergency Position-Indicating Radio Beacon) as well, this will locate you within 2 kilometres inside two hours (instantly if the EPIRB is GPS-equipped) and activate an infra-red strobe to guide search and rescue crews to your precise location. If you can get through to emergency services on the phone, the EPIRB is best used by informing the operator on the phone that you have one and then activating it once they tell you to. If for some reason you can't get through on the phone and it's a life-threatening emergency, you could instead activate your EPIRB straight away which would engage a search and rescue operation.

Sat phones and EPIRBs can be hired from a number of businesses around Australia, just search online.
  sulzer Junior Train Controller

Location: QLD
I would of been thinking it would be better to go around the start or end of winter as the temperature is a lot cooler

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