Clare history to be recognised

The Riesling Trail is set to receive more attention when the National Railway Museum unveils an exhibit next year.

The Riesling Trail is set to receive more attention when the National Railway Museum unveils an exhibit next year.

The National Railway Museum in Port Adelaide is set to host a 'Back to Clare’ weekend on July 7 and 8 next year.

The exhibit will celebrate the centenary of the opening of the railway from Riverton to Clare on July 4, 1918.

Val Tilbrook from the Clare Railway Centenary Group said she liked the idea of Clare's history being recognised in such a way.

“It's a very good idea. The National Railway Museum has been very helpful,” Mrs Tilbrook said.

The CRCG have put together a number of events to celebrate the anniversary of the railway.

The Riesling Railway, a book dealing with the history of the railway and its subsequent conversion to the Riesling Trail and the Rattler Trail, will be released for the centenary.

The book will be written and published by John Wilson, and will feature plenty of photographs of the railway from the time it was built to present day. 

“There will be book launches at the museum in Port Adelaide, in Riverton and Clare,” Mrs Tilbrook said.

On top of this there will be new features added to the two trails that will relate to the history of the railway.

The Clare loco at the turntable end of the yard will undergo a development, and an as yet unnamed sculpture will be built at the Penwortham stopping place. 

A project that has been undertaken at the Riverton end of the line has been to make replicas of the uniforms worn by the waitresses in the 30s and 40s at the Riverton Railway Refreshment Rooms.