January 2003

After the success of the first run on this line, the Group asked me to negotiate out a second lease withTransport SA for the Kevin-Penong line for the Australia Day LongWeekend (January 25).

Whilst the trip is a hell of a way from Adelaide, some 900km (600miles) from Adelaide, the line was ours and we were free, within thescope of our management plan, to use the line as we see fit.

This time four cars along, Ian Harris and hisMT14-Z42, Ivan Wood and his STT-Z42, Norm George and his M15-B-Z42,and Nic Doncaster with his M19Z42. Also joining in for the weekendwas Murray Dent and Geoff Harris.

We set up a camp and control point near the site of the old schoolat Kowulka, about half way between Kevin and Penong. Three days ofabsolute pleasure followed.

Norm and his M15, M112. This was its first bigouting following overhaul. The car behind is Ivans STT, with MurrayDent catching some ZZZ's. Photo taken at the Kevin Terminus.

All four cars lined up at Penong.

The team.

We swapped cars at one of the "crossings", thisone is little more that a track that the farmer hascreated.

The area is in the grip of a drought, and as Iprepare this page, the first rain in a couple of months hadcompletely missed this area. Whislt we were over, there were a fewdrops, but nothing more than to settle the dust.

At the Kevin Terminus.

When Ian first bought this former QueenslandRailways car, it was a real mess. He meticulously restored the car tobetter than original. Seen here near the Kowulka Road Crossing.

M112 and Ian's MT14 at Penong. Grain trainslast ran in 1997, and took three hours to travel between Kevin andPenong!

The line runs through very sandy country. Thiscutting is not far from the Kevin end, but note the sand. This was aconstant problem on this line.

The group at Penong. The little shed to the farleft of the photo is the train control/station building.

Nics M19 on the embankment from Penong (whichis to the right of the photo). The plow represents the reason for theline.

World War 1 and II veterans opened up thiscountry.

Photographs © 2003 Nic Doncaster

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