Tantanoola community in ‘dismay’ over condition of historic railway station

Driving via the sleepy rural community of Tantanoola in South Australia, it is arduous to overlook the 147-year-old dilapidated railway station that stands in the guts of city. 

Built in 1880, the state-heritage-listed Tantanoola Railway Station is one of the oldest remaining railway buildings in the South East of South Australia.

The historic railway website has been inactive for the reason that Nineties. The final practice to journey via was a vacationer rail automobile 15 years in the past.

Originally constructed to move agricultural items to Beachport, it has been 30 years for the reason that station and the adjoining items shed have been upgraded.

These iconic native heritage websites have now fallen into disarray. 

To assist with the improve, the newly reformed Tantanoola Progress Association has obtained funding as half of the Federal Government’s Stronger Communities Program.

A woman and her grandson stand next to an old tin building
Susan Lines says the improve of the railway station is essential for bringing tourism to the city.(ABC South East SA: Jack D Evans)

Tantanoola Progress Association chairwoman Susan Lines mentioned funding was wanted to improve the railway station, together with changing the doorways and weatherboards.

The items shed will even require vital work, together with repairing the rusted-out, barrel-vaulted ceiling and the constructing’s foundations.

Historic city treasure

She mentioned the location was essential for the city each traditionally and as a key vacationer sizzling spot.

“It is an integral half of Tantanoola and it hasn’t been upgraded in a number of years,” Ms Lines mentioned.

“Because it’s an integral half of Tantanoola and its historical past, to improve it will be nice.

“People might name in for a day journey and head over to the lodge for a meal and a take a look at the historical past of Tantanoola.”

While proponents of the challenge estimate the improve will value round $80,000, Ms Lines believed the prices might exceed this.

“Being an older constructing it might be dearer,” she mentioned.

rusted shed next to a railway in Tantanoola
The items shed could have its foundations repaired and a brand new roof put in as half of the $80,000 improve.(ABC South East SA: Jack D Evans)

Ms Lines mentioned the hunt was on to search out the station’s doorways, which vanished and had been believed to be misplaced.

But new info has emerged that the doorways had been eliminated to forestall them from being stolen or broken.

Ms Lines mentioned she believed these doorways had been someplace in city and appealed to members of the general public for info.

Work is predicted to start shortly on the challenge.

The affiliation additionally plans to tidy up the encompassing space, which is commonly used for parking together with upgrading the barbecue shelter and playground.

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