Saddleworth children learn all about railways

History: Stephanie Toole and John Wilson, with the Saddleworth school children, some teachers and parents, out the front of the former Auburn Railway Station, now Horrocks Wines. Photo: Helen Smith.
History: Stephanie Toole and John Wilson, with the Saddleworth school children, some teachers and parents, out the front of the former Auburn Railway Station, now Horrocks Wines. Photo: Helen Smith.

Saddleworth Primary school children, some teachers and parents, visited the former Auburn Railway Station (now Horrocks Wines) at the time of the book presentation of “The Riesling Railway” by John Wilson on July 4.   

The children had walked in on the last part of the Rattler Trail and were given an illustrated talk on the history of rail transport for the Auburn and Saddleworth area.

Auburn residents used to walk to catch the train at Saddleworth or use the horse drawn coach, once rail arrived at Saddleworth in 1870.

Auburn businesses used wagon transport to bring supplies back to the Auburn shops.

The school group was then taken on a walking tour, firstly weighed on the weigh bridge, before visiting the cells at the courthouse.   

Students saw the masonry tools used to dress the stonework of some of the Auburn stone buildings and had it explained to them about wooden mallets and chisels and the type of stones in the various buildings.

The early settlers and businesses relied on rail transport for their general supplies and this was explained as the businesses were walked past.