The former railway line that once snaked its way fifteen kilometres from Adamstown to Belmont was originally constructed in the late 1880’s. It was used to transport coal from mines in the Lake Macquarie area to the Port of Newcastle. Evidence of some of the mines is still visible from the track.

The Adamstown to Belmont Rail line helped contribute to the development of Newcastle and Lake Macquarie. As well as being used for coal haulage, it was used as a passenger service between Belmont and Newcastle with stations at Kahibah, Whitebridge and Redhead.

The last scheduled steam train ran in 1967 before switching to diesel and the last passenger train ran in 1971. During the 1980’s coal mines along the corridor began to close down and the line ceased to be used in 1991 with the closure of Lambton B Colliery.

The railway closed in 1991, and the two Councils completed the purchase of the corridor in 1994. Shortly after, the Fernleigh Tunnel (having survived two earthquakes in 1925 and 1989) was closed to public access following an assessment of its structural condition. It has since been reopened and this is where I took this photograph.

Comments

  • Jay Stockhaus
    Jay Stockhausalmost 6 years ago

    Great lines. Well done.

  • noctilucent
    noctilucentalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic Shot!!!!

  • Craig Goldsmith
    Craig Goldsmithalmost 6 years ago

    Love the leading lines, and the lights going off into the distance.

  • Catherine Davis
    Catherine Davisalmost 6 years ago

    Fantastic image!

  • Julie Thomas
    Julie Thomasalmost 6 years ago

    wonderful shot, love the b&w and the light is excellent!

  • Bev Woodman
    Bev Woodmanalmost 6 years ago

    Great shot Naomi – very well captured and presented. This is a great walk, I’m so glad they restored this tunnel and walking/cycle track. I recall going on a train on the line many moons ago through to Belmont and back.

  • Matthew Chamberlain-Keen
    Matthew Chambe...almost 6 years ago

    Well done, very eerie.

  • billyboy
    billyboyalmost 6 years ago

    Naomi, this is diff from the stuff I normally see from you… and it`s totally awesome!
    Great take!!

  • midzing
    midzingalmost 6 years ago

    brilliant shot,,, well done

  • joak
    joakalmost 6 years ago

    great photo and m,agic story!

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