26.06.2016 - 27.06.2016 7 °C
Day 1. We left home just before 9.00 am and travelled to Albatross Road where we met up with George Pommy Bob and Peter Broome then continued on to Oallen Ford where we had morning tea. It's quite cool here.
Onwards then through Tarago to Bungendore for lunch.
On again through Murrunbateman to Yass for a fuel stop before driving on to our overnight stop at Jugiong where it is freezing cold.
Day 2. After a VERY cold night we left Jugiong just before 9.00 and drove on the Hume Motorway to Gundagai then inland further to Junee where we visited the licorice and chocolate factory so that those with sweet teeth could indulge. From here we went and had a look at a Historic Homestead (Monte Christo) which was very interesting. We didn't meet any of the ghosts who are supposed to occupy it.
There were quite a few interesting bedrooms in the house as well as some good beds.
Another interesting small building was the original toilet with side by side seating.
We continues on to have a look at the railway Round House Museum. This is the largest round house in Australia with over 40 bays for servicing rail engines and carriages.
The Junee Roundhouse is one of few surviving, working railway Roundhouses in the Southern Hemisphere. It is also home to the only working steam driven accident crane. Of a number built in America in the early 1940's, five were brought to Australia by the US Army Corps. With the end of the war, the NSW Government Railways (NSWGR) purchased two for railway use. Because the others were then classed as surplus to Army requirements, they decided to have the remaining three shipped back to USA by aircraft carrier.
These, however, were lost at sea just outside Sydney Heads. The remaining crane is being stored at Dorrigo, on the NSW central coast. Water Tank Wagon 1171 is also housed at the Roundhouse. It comprised part of the breakdown train, along with the breakdown van which is a wooden sleeping car that was converted to accommodate the breakdown crew whilst on the job. One end was used for sleeping while the other was for meals and a living area.
Another important part of our rail history can be found in the Mail Car.
This was used to sort the mail whilst in transit. The van has separate racks for each town through which the train passed and shelving for parcels, and the end of the van was used for larger items.
On permanent display at the Roundhouse are several electric trains, along with a number of trikes and a quadricycle.
We had lunch here then drove on to Narrandera where we will stay for the night WITH ELECTRICITY for heating and Electric blanket on the bed - it wont be quite as cold tonight.