The Kevin-Penong railway is the western most part of the former EyrePeninsula Division (EPD) of the old SAR, and the state railway systemas a whole.
The line was built in 1924 to assist with the opening of the landby soldier settlers following World War II. The terminus at Penong ishome to a silo that holds, in a good year, some 27000t of grain. Thiswas railed some 95km to the Port of Thevenard for shipping around theworld.
The line was used late last century (1997) and was subject to a5km/h speed restriction. Numerous derailments suggested that the linewas beyond its use-by date, and it was abandoned by ASR earlier thisyear. The section from Kevin to Thevenard is the busiest part of theEPD and still sees about a million tonnes of gypsum a year.
Originally the line ran from a siding west of Thevenard and accrossto Penong, but this section was replaced in the early 70's by a moredirect route through the sidings of Moule and Charra. The line fromKowulka to Kevin was built in the early 40's to take gypsum from anoverhead cableway. This became part of the mainline with thebypass.
The track is in most parts marked with "67" nails, or no nails atall.
I negotiated access on behalf of ASSCO - indeed ASSCO was the lessee of this railway for the weekend. Nice to know I owned a railway for weekend!
Our lease expired on the GWA Operational Boundary which was just north of Kevin Yard.
The silos at Penong.
The locals thought we were a Telstra crew doing some work, andwhen they finally sussed out what we were up to, took great pleasurein talking to us.The road in front of the section car is the road tothe Kevin Gypsum mine
We divided the line into two sections, Kevin Kowulka and KowulkaPenong. Ian and co visited Kevin, whilst Norm and I ran back toPenong. This photo was taken on the Sunday afternoon. And yes, itrained.......heavily.
On the first run out, we cleared some of the crossings. ThisOccupational Crossing was set up by the Shippards who own theproperty. Along with the rest of the locals, in particular theMitchells, they made us feel quite welcome.
This photo shows some of the track. Good stuff ehh?
The end of our lease. The yellow sign (see faulty paint can atbottom, it is supposed to be red) is pretty close to the end of ourline and the start of GWA's operational lease.
Left to Right: Ian Harris, Michael Bennet, Jeff Harris, and NormGeorge.
Car is Nic Doncasters M15B-Z42, last used ex Port Lincoln in 1986.
Norman George snapped the three cars under the outloader atPenong. Perhaps the last rail vehicles to sit on this bit of line
Our trio at the Western and Northern most point of the EPD, andformerly western most point of the SAR.
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