Beltana Railway Station - SA

  Population - Station,Homestead

Position

DEG: -30.8095 138.4048
DMS: 30º 48' 34.2" S 138º 24' 17.28" E
UTM: 54 J 6588629mN 251715mE
Altitude: 236m

Description

Address & Contact

Puttapa Road
Beltana
Phone: N/A
Email: N/A
Web: N/A

Information

On 19 January 1878 Sir William Jervois symbolically turned the first sod on the new Great Northern Railway (later called The Ghan in honour of the Afghan cameleers who opened up the interior of Australia) at Port Augusta. The line reached Hawker in June 1880, Beltana on 2 July 1881, Maree on 6 January 1884, Oodnadatta on 7 January 1891 and finally Alice Springs on 2 August 1929.

Nearly 1,000 people were employed in the line's construction. 65 iron bridges were constructed between Pt Augusta and Beltana. The Warrioota bridge had 7 spans of 40 feet and the Sliding Rock bridge had 10 spans of 40 feet. A railway dam was constructed to provide water for the steam engines, and a sleeper cutting operation worked for nearly 25 years in Warrioota Creek.Beltana was a "changeover station" with one crew working the Beltana to Quorn section and the other from Beltana to Marree. A standby locomotive was also stationed at Beltana and the freight platform was equipped with a crane and turntable.
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Weather

Closest Weather Station

Leigh Creek at 19/06:30am CST
Distance from Beltana Railway Station 23.75km N
TemperatureFeels LikeRel. HumidityDew PointPressureRainfallWind DirectionWind SpeedGusts
14.8°C13.5°C100%14.8°C1009.1hPa15.2mmN15km/hr
8knots
22km/hr
12knots

Closest Climatic Station

Leigh Creek Airport
Distance from Beltana Railway Station 23.75km N
 JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Mean Max. °C35.534.531.126.220.917.016.619.123.226.730.533.0
Mean Min. °C20.720.417.312.98.75.44.76.19.312.416.118.6
Mean Rain mm20.228.720.313.116.117.217.415.618.318.619.024.2

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