Saturday, July 23, 2011


Having just returned from the bad lands and seeing more trains than you could shake a stick at a post was in order on Narrabri , not to confused with Narrabri Junction or Narrabri West.
Which should be of interest to Blair.
                                         Wheat train coming into Narrabri from Moree direction
                                          going under the Newell Highway overpass .
                                          Hauled by BL30  4894  and  4886 with no side numbers
                                          on the long hood or cab sides.

                                         Crew change at Narrabri Station before heading south

                                        Train Departure note no side numbers on 4886 and Shielding
                                        on discharge levers on trailing hoppers

 There where also some Danish Locos on a cotton train in the cotton siding on the north of town which is also receiving some grain loading facilities currently under construction.

                                                          Some Technical Stuff

                                                          From 1977 working Timetable


                                                           The Keys Excelsior Flour Mills

 Which situated opposite the main station and served by 2 tracks running into a covered loading area which was built on an angle to the rest of the main structure .The mill also had every conceivable type and style of silo on site.These photos where taken on the 6-98

The mill suffered a fire a few years ago and the following photos show whats left now.

The station  building

The Goods Shed

                                                 Sheds in yard area used by the Perway as at 7-11

The same area in 1998 

S008 Silo built in 1934 era

Probably the most interesting part of Narrabri yard is the almost completely intact Mobil Depot complete with tank farm and earth bundwall.

And then we went to Wee Waa which will be bloged next.Which has a very interesting petrol depot which I will use on my Mungindi section.


  1. You are quite correct! I am extremely interested in all this! Ya know, made the trip in 2009 and had good intentions to stop up long enough to shoot all this stuff. . .then we got stuck in the mud. Long story. We'll get it next time! Thanks for taking the time to photograph all this!

  2. Hi Blair
    Rule number 1 2 and 3 out there is dont go of the black stuff if its raining.But I guess you know that now.

  3. I kept hearing about this "drought" going on! Actually, it was a service road near the rwy and looked pretty dry except for a small area which was taking all the runoff. . .we drove into the only 500mm-wide sinkhole in the North-West! Right up to the axle with bald tires on the 4 X 4 hire car!

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