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Edward Sidings Old Ghan
Australia

Following the Old Ghan Railway which used to connect Port Augusta in the South with Alice Springs in the Centre of Australia. The route was abandoned in the 1980's after it was decided that it was too hard to maintain after floods. Being here you can really get a sense for the history due to the way the Desert preserves things.

The view from where this photo was taken you can see the old airstrip and even see where the track used to be.

Copyright: David Rowley
Type: Spherical
Resolution: 14000x7000
Taken: 08/08/2013
Uploaded: 17/05/2011
Updated: 06/01/2019
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Tags: edward; sidings; old; ghan; afgan; great; northern; railway
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