Disused Mungindi Railway, NSW: "Road to Nowhere"

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Comments (17)

Palmina Moore on March 11, 2008

Very nice shot Ian


Ian Stehbens on March 11, 2008

Thanks Palmina. Panoramio made me do this! For years, I would never have seen any point in recording such items, or even to see some artistic merit in such. But there we are, and Palmina says it is nice. I am learning.


Lecleire Jacques on March 11, 2008

It is indeed a beautiful picture. I am wondering when the next train will be coming... or when was it that the last train past... (joke)

Ian, those pictures are always good shots ! I like them.

Greetings, Jacques

© SisAnnick on March 11, 2008

Wonderful "Road to Nowhere", dear Ian Friendly Annick

Ian Stehbens on March 11, 2008

Thanks Jacques and Annick.

Just for your information, I asked about the next train, and the reply was: "Maybe tomorrow." And when did the last train come this way? "Some time ago, now."

And I like your caption, Annick. When you come to Australia, I'll buy you a ticket for this line if it is operating again.

In friendship,


Luud Riphagen on March 11, 2008

Dear Ian. When I will visit Australia in the future, I won't to travel by railway. Nice shot and thanks for sharing it. Greetings Luud

Ian Stehbens on March 12, 2008

Dear Luud,

My son-in-law is a train driver and I reckon he knows how to negotiate such track safely!! And when you come, you might like to ride with him in the cabin, and then you could be the scout that looks for rough places like this and give him plenty of warning!

The day I was there I didn't see any trains, so I really don't know how they negotiate sections like this!!!


c.s. on March 13, 2008

Hi Ian, "Road to Nowhere"? A railway is always from A to B. So probably this section is part of the main line Alice Springs to Brisbane.


Ian Stehbens on March 13, 2008

Yes indeed Claus!! And in British thinking, they also always go between the up-station and the down-station. Out here I couldn't work out which direction was up and which was down. Can you help me with that?

Perhaps Stephenson's "Rocket" gives us the clue. They may not actually use this in a lateral sense - to go between A and B, for out here they use VTOL!!

Cheers, Ian


EVA_L on March 13, 2008

Rails handed over on a scrap-metal? But picture is very beautiful, Yan! Cheers, Eva

Ian Stehbens on March 13, 2008

Hello Eva,

I'd be confident that they went to somewhere like Japan for scrap, and came back to us labelled "Toyota". Yan

EVA_L on March 13, 2008

Yes! Excellent idea, Yan! Cheers, Eva

c.s. on March 13, 2008

Hello Yan, this railway was there already in pre-Stephenson era, long time before the Rocket was invented.


Luud Riphagen on March 13, 2008

Thanks for the Invitation and for your calming words Ian.I didn't sleep last nights. Greetings Luud

Ian Stehbens on March 17, 2008

Dear Luud and Claus:

I hope you are getting some sleep now Luud! There are enough sleepers on this track anyway, if you aren't sleeping well. ;D)

Sorry, Claus, you are right for this is an ancient land and the first peoples had very sophisticated technology like fire management of the environment, boomerang aero-technology, and tracks and pathways that linked the many nations on the continent. This was possibly one of their tracks!! It just that it is reminiscent of the Stockton to Darlington Railway.


picture fan (Views?N… on March 24, 2009

great Ian!

Ian Stehbens on March 24, 2009

Dear Mario,

I knew you would like this, my friend. You have an abundance of such specialities in your gallery.

Kind regards,


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Photo details

  • Uploaded on March 10, 2008
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    by Ian Stehbens
    • Camera: Canon EOS 20D
    • Taken on 2007/12/27 15:52:12
    • Exposure: 0.005s (1/200)
    • Focal Length: 17.00mm
    • F/Stop: f/10.000
    • ISO Speed: ISO400
    • Exposure Bias: 0.00 EV
    • No flash