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There’s no railway crossing here anymore…

Marree (originally named Hergott Springs) was originally established to support workers on the Overland Telegraph Line. Later, Marree increased in importance (and population!) when it became the northern railhead of the Transcontinental Railway (otherwise known as Great Northern Railway, or the Ghan Line). Even though the railway was later extended north as far as Alice Springs, Marree remained prominent as the changeover station between the narrow and standard gauge railways.

In 1980, a new railway line was constructed further west (as the original railway line was prone to being cut by sand drifts and flood damage) and the population of Marree dwindled. The railway station is no longer in use, and Marree, though reduced in size and prominence, now serves as the ‘gateway’ to the Outback for travellers from South-East Australia. Marree is located at the junction of the Oodnadatta Track and Birdsville Track both of which once took camel, horse and foot traffic north from the railhead at Marree.

SA, Australia.

Canon EOS450D

501 viewings to 6 Feb 2014.

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Tim is from Australia and has a keen interest in the spectacular Created world. This interest in “the Great Outdoors” combines with an interest in photography as he seeks to record the majesty, beauty and/or uniqueness of places visited in a way that will also be memorable to his audience.

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  • McGaffus
    McGaffusover 1 year ago

  • Lori Peters
    Lori Petersover 1 year ago

    This is beautiful…

  • Konstantinos Arvanitopoulos
    Konstantinos A...over 1 year ago

    This marvellous work has just been selected and featured in The World group!
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  • teresa731
    teresa7318 months ago

    Good eye for the weathered sign!!

  • Carolyn Clark
    Carolyn Clark8 months ago

    Great shot!!!!!

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