I had completed extensive research on the historical, but unused & deteriorating, "Northern Rivers Rail Trail" which includes 132 km of rail line, tunnels, timber bridges and truss bridges between Murwillumbah and Casino. The current vision is to preserve most of the rail line, and repair the tunnels and bridges that haven't deteriorated beyond repair, in order to convert it into a modern cycling and walking trail through some of the region's most spectacular landscapes.
My plan had been to explore as much of the rail line, including tunnels and bridges, in a 50 km radius over a couple of days. However, my car broke down after the first day of exploring so we had limited time. We will definitely go back to explore more!
This is the Mooball rail bridge, high over Crabbes Road and the nearby creek.
The old Stokers Siding station house is currently being used as a post office.
This truss bridge was extremely well hidden; discovered after extensive research via Google Maps.
We will be back for more exploring of this historical area between beach visits over the summer.
I do hope that The Northern Rivers Rail Trail gets the go ahead and funding. It is not just about a walking & cycling track; it’s about eco-tourism and host communities, festivals and events, employment, and workplace training, mental and physical health, equity for the disabled, habitat and wildlife corridors and most importantly, future legacies. It would showcase the natural environment and beautiful lifestyle of the area to the world.
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