Let’s talk about markers.
As Australia uses the metric system, the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is a total of 21km from start to finish each way, so a 42km round trip.
(By the way did you know there is a marathon happening along the rail trail soon? More information can be found here Hume and Hovell Ultra).
These blue markers are placed at every kilometre along the trail, together with the latitude/location, making it easy for emergency service personnel to find you if needed. This one indicates it’s 19km to Rosewood.
Keeping history alive
When the rail trail was constructed it was important to leave as much of the historical infrastructure in situ, and so it was that the ‘mile marker pegs’, measuring the distance from Sydney, were left in place.
Some have been refurbished by the local men’s Shed group and others are in their natural state. In those days Australia used the imperial system so miles it was.
These markers were standard across the NSW rail system.
It’s interesting to note that opponents of the rail trail use the loss of rail history as an argument against rail trails. But to my mind this is preserving the history, as without the rail trail being built, these signs would be covered under weeds and blackberries and wouldn’t have seen the light of day ever again! Or they’d be in someone’s private collection.
Thanks to Debs-world.com for this information in her recent post and used with permission.
Hope to see you out on the trail one day soon.
How did you hear about us?
How did you hear about our rail trail? Did you see it on social media, or in print somewhere or from word of mouth? We’d be interested to hear from you.
Happy riding/walking/running/pushing a pram – however you use our rail trail!
The Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail team (volunteers)
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