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Friday, April 19, 2013

A COUNTRY DRIVE

We left Wallabadah and headed towards Quirindi, the hub of the Liverpool Plains Shire and 354 km north of Sydney. The hills and valleys around Quirindi offer some of the most picturesque scenery in NSW. We went up to the lookout where there was a 360* view.
Looking over Quirindi and the Liverpool Plains
Overlooking The Great Dividing Range
We visited the craft shop on the railway station just as the only train of the day arrived to take locals to Sydney. This family were saying an emotional goodbye to a young man going to the 'big smoke'.

We drove north to Werris Creek, the town developed when a camp of railway workers was set up to build the Northern line. The station was built in 1878 and it was the junction for the northern and north western line. The town became a bustling railway town. The station now houses the 'Rail Journeys Museum'

Charles checks out the signalman sculpture
Next to the Werris Creek station is the 'Australian Railway Monument' dedicated to the men and women who lost their lives in the course of duty whilst working for the railways.

There were interesting sculptures of railway workers surrounding the monument. The artist was Dominique Sutton

There are over 2700 names inscribed on the walls. There were three of these trenches with a wall for each state.

It was time to head back to our motel at Tamworth after a big day exploring the surrounds.

23 comments:

  1. the veiws are spectacular and love that train...that sculpture is totally cool!

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  2. They are quite different from the usual views of Australia. For some reason they remind me of France not sure why, maybe it's the light. Love those simple but very effective sculptures.

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  3. I want that tall sculpture. Right in my front yard. :)

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  4. oh my goodness. the colors of the countryside and layers of terrain. so beautiful!

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  5. Another great post, Diane. I am impressed with those sculptures... What a wonderful way to honor the men and women who lost their lives working for the railroad.

    I also loved the photo of the Great Dividing Range... Beautiful!!!!

    Thanks for sharing this beauty with us.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  6. Dianeb, photo number two here should be framed! So beautiful

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  7. So you are on the road again ! Beautiful pictures ! I had my (ex)blogfriend here for 5 days and was very busy of course ! We had such fun together !

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  8. Looks like you had a wonderful day.

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  9. Diane, The sculpture and monument to the railway workers is cool. Lovely views of the countryside. Hope you are having a wonderful trip!

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  10. I recognise the names of places you're stopping on this journey Diane, have been there at some time or other years back. I especially love the skies in your finale photo'

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  11. Those sculptures of the workers at the monument are fantastic -- very impressive. Your last photo is absolutely gorgeous.

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  12. You covered some beautiful countryside. The sky in your last is very dramatic.

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  13. Quirindi makes me smile. For years as we treked up and down the New England Highway I noticed signs pointing to the town and loved its name. We have to visit there one day I kept on saying. So one day we did. I remembered we stayed at a rather nice motel and can't remember anything else about it.

    But I've started the we must visit Quirindi mantra again because I've discovered it has a Royal Hotel.

    The Liverpool plains sure are nice country.

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  14. Wonderful pictures Diane. You don't realize how dangerous working on the railroads is until you see monuments such as this one.

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  15. I like that sculpture of the man too. Maybe I shouldn't be but I am surprised how many folk have lost their lives and are commemorated on that memorial.

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  16. What marvellous scenery! Have been to that area, but (almost) too long ago to recall!! Sunshine & storm clouds make for FAAAABULOUS photos - love the last one!!

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  17. Love the railway sculptures! And the First Fleet Park stuff must have been so interesting to read!!

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  18. I'm also a fan of that sculpture. What a fun yard decoration that would be! I still seem to be so busy I hardly post to my blog and have not had much time to visit my friends. But when I visit you I am always inspired with something new and interesting. I love that you are always out and about exploring, whether around the world or in your own back yard!

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  19. I would love to visit the 'Rail Journeys Museum' I am now adding it to my list of places to visit in this great country

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  20. Amazing hey that so many people lost their lives by just doing their jobs. Anyway a wonderful landscape you went through and a nice sculpture

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  21. Perfect roadtrip day...different and interesting scenery, sculpture (I love outdoor art and I love the subject.

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  22. I'm enjoying reading about your travels and looking at your excellent photographs - almost like going along for the ride myself.

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