Mostly travel today to catch up with the cuzzies again. Spoke to
them for 30 secs then cut off and can't contact them - just on the
day we are to meet up. Maybe tomorrow.
A few stops included Pine Creek and Adelaide River to wander around their railway museums.
It seems the desire to build a railway here began around the1850s with prolific mining of gold, iron and other metals. They began to build the line from Darwin and stopped after about 700km near Larrimah in the in the early1890s. It seemed somehow that somebody forgot to convince them that the mining was failing to meet expectations and most mines closed down before the railway began to operate. They ran a train aprox weekly until closing the line in the 1950s.
During the WWII years, however, things were different; the railway couldn't keep up with the demand to transport military personnel and equipment to the "front line" because of the threat of invasion after the Darwin bombing early 1942.
The old pics, buildings, stories and equipment from those times have been carefully preserved by keen local volunteers. The museums too are not being supported by punters, however both had keen, helpful local volunteers there to help keep the past alive.