Clare Railway Centenary Group and Riesling Trail work together

John Wilson has adopted this logo to feature in his forthcoming book “The Riesling Railway’ which traces the history of the Clare line through to its conversion to The Riesling Trail. The logo features an S class express engine, of the type that brought the first train to Clare.

John Wilson has adopted this logo to feature in his forthcoming book “The Riesling Railway’ which traces the history of the Clare line through to its conversion to The Riesling Trail. The logo features an S class express engine, of the type that brought the first train to Clare.

Clare is about to get a brand new feature for its Riesling Trail in the form of a three-quarter scale silhouette steel cut-out of a S class express passenger engine.

The feature will be constructed at the site of the old loco depot at the south end of the Clare railway station.

The locomotive ash-pit and turntable pit are a couple of the few remaining remnants of the Clare station yard.

It was an S class engine that brought the first train to Clare for the opening of the railway in 1918.  

This type of engine dates from 1894.  

They were built by James Martin & Co. of Gawler.  

Their driving wheels were six foot six inches diameter, built for speed, and the largest driving wheels of any steam engine in Australia.

They hauled the Broken Hill Express between Adelaide and Terowie.

Clare Railway Centenary Group convenor James Duggin, reflects these engines were of graceful proportions, but laments that all had gone to the scrapyard by the mid 50s.

He said the silhouette cut-out would be a reminder to users of the Riesling Trail of the railway origins of the trail, and he expected it would be popular as an attraction for visitors.  

He said the steel cut-out had been completed by FerroCut in Adelaide, and had recently been delivered to Clare Metal Fabrications where it has created great interest.

The next stage of the project is to set steel sleepers and lengths of rail over the ash-pit.

Clare Railway Centenary Group has a number of projects and activities planned for the next few months. It is particularly focusing on encouraging projects and activities with schools throughout the region.