The Old Train Stations – A reminder of times past

Lue Railway Station

Lue Railway Station

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Up close, Lue station shows signs of disuse and vandalism

The country trains runs have been greatly reduced over the years obviously due to cost pressures. I understand this but the trains also mean a great deal to local towns in making them more accessible to the public and providing regular transport to the locals, rather than relying on access to cars.

It's been a few years since trains travelled these tracks. No wonder railway sleepers are available!

It’s been a few years since trains travelled these tracks. No wonder railway sleepers are available!

Train lines track throughout the country and whilst you drive across many level crossings, you may be surprised to find how few of them ever have trains run along them. One of the visible sadder aspects I find are the lovely old railway stations which were once such a centre of industry, social connection and activity now being deserted and forlorn. Whilst many decry the mining industry, for some areas it has meant that the railway lines have at least been maintained for mineral transportation, if not for people. This has kept the train line open to Kandos, even though public trains finish their run at Lithgow.

The lovely old Rylstone station

The lovely old Rylstone station

Very infrequently a heritage train comes through with Kandos being the final stop and resting place for lunch before returning to Sydney. This is quite an event and is usually sold out. The whole town turns out complete with Markets to greet the tourists.

In the meantime, I bring you some photos of the gracious old railway stations in the area. They obviously were once buildings of stature in the community and have a very Australian heritage feel about them.

Clandulla Station - once a beautiful and substantial building

Clandulla Station – once a beautiful and substantial building

Heritage detailing at Clandulla

Heritage detailing at Clandulla

One of two fireplaces I could see

One of two fireplaces I could see

The Kandos Railway Station has been lovingly restored into a popular cafe, however the other buildings are not so fortunate, and whilst sometimes appearing as attractive heritage landmarks from the distance, stand often abandoned and closer scrutiny tells a different picture. They are often at locations that are less likely to sustain a commercial venture, which seems such a misfortune.

Kandos Railway Station -  now down the Track Cafe. Great seeing the stations being used for the community and commerce

Kandos Railway Station – now down the Track Cafe. Great seeing the stations being used for the community and commerce

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The Heritage train arrives at Kandos

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