Thanks to the families of Ken and Lorna Schwarz for the next two photos.
The train line ran from the Goods Shed, in front of the Hotel, through where the Caravan Park is, along the present road to Thevenard, and joined up to the railway line that goes to Thevenard. The lines met left of where the road crosses the railway line today. There is a sign near there to remember the Ceduna Siding. The line carried goods that came from the Yandra and other ships that came into the Ceduna Jetty. Barry Kelly remembered that sometimes keg beer would run out before the ship arrived, especially during heat waves and patrons would be served bottled beer until the ship arrived when the kegs would be first priority to unload!
Goods went onto flat top rail trucks which were pulled by draught horses belonging to Albert and Doug Coote, to the Goods Shed where they were unloaded for storage until collected by local businesses. The horses would pull the trucks without a driver, only a gee-uo or whoa at each end of the jetty by the workers was needed to get them to move or stop. Doug remembered that his father’s big white horse, Bluey, would be going up and down the jetty pulling rail trucks and on hot days would just strain and break the harnesses and actually jump over the side of the jetty, have a swim around, swim to the shore and walk back up the jetty to wait for them to hitch him up again, this he did many times!
The back end of a train in front of the Ceduna Hotel.
Thanks to the State Library for the use of these two photos of vehicles in front of the Ceduna Hotel.
HISTORY BITS AND PIECES Some stories and photos of our district by Sue Trewartha and Erica Bodger. See Ceduna Old Photos on Facebook for more local history and photos.