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Chinaman's Creek

Research into the name "Chinamans Creek" has not yet revealed if chinese did, in fact, establish a presence in the area.Perhaps they camped there on the way to the reported new goldfields further north. Perhaps they grew vegetables on the banks of the creek to supply kindred travellers, who knows? Nowadays the area supports a few dozen souls, mainly landowners, sawmill workers and occassional railway workers. In the background you will see an extension of the Drummond Range.

Not a lot happens these days, except for the trains and even these don't always pick up or set down passengers, only as required. Other than regular cattle trains eminating from further out west, the odd oil and mixed freight train, with the only other workings picking up wagons of sawn timber from the cyprus pine mill, and Brahman cattle from the cattle yard. Even the railway personnel have been withdrawn,however all trains are required to stop for safe working purposes. Note the bottle trees and the large Morton Bay Fig tree which gives shade to the railway station.

Why not have a walk around the village? But watch out for the dogs at the tin house. And, watch out for the trains if you cross the line! If you go down past the tin house you will come to the garbage dump, and further on about a mile away, on the other side, you will find the cemetery.

The mill now leases the railway cottage and uses the old hall as its office. The local fire brigade has moved to the laneway near the mill. Unfortunately timber resources from the nearby Stockyard Creek Forest are running out and the mill's licence to harvest will also soon run out. Just one more step in the demise of small settlements. The sleepers that are stacked in the yard are for use on the line and were cut from the coastal forests way over towards the east.

Take note of the old stockyard, much rundown nowadays and only fit to hold a few head. It was erected at the time the railhead crossed the creek. Nowadays larger mobs leave the district by roadtrain. Perhaps these cows are penned for local consumption. Store cattle auctions were once held here by the locals, don't go near them, they may just break out.

The old tin house is reputed to have been the first decent structure at Chinamans Creek. It was apparently hauled bu bullock teams all the way from Barcaldine, which is over towards the east. It is still occupied by an elderly couple who have family connections to the origional owner.

The old bloke who lives in the small double pitched house towards the east end of the railway yard has been living in the district for many years. Evident is his junk stored in the backyard. Old cars' farm machinery' tractors' timber' galvanised water tanks; all the things that "might come in handy one day". He has evem made a temporary creek crossing to get more junk into his precious yard, seeing how his front entry is blocked!!

Note the remains of the old railway works camp situated across the line. During the floods of '55 the low level bridge was washed away and an emergency camp was set up to cater for the bridge builders. All that remains are the elevated water tank and the old stone chimney to the cook house. Note the original concrete footings of the bridge remain insitu.

We trust you have enjoyed your visit to Chinaman's Creek. Take all the photos you want, because soon the place may become nothing more than a location where trains stop for safeworking. OH, and watch out for the trains!!
Chucks Ballast Supplies were used exclusively on this layout.

Some notes on "Chinamans Creek" layout.
Constuction took just on 12 months and like all projects undertaken by the owner, the final wiring was not completed until the night before the layout was due to be knocked down, packed away and transported to the 16th Canberra Model Railway Exhibition, on the following day. Something must have been done right, or perhaps the gods were simply with us, because not only did "China Creek" work but it also took out 2 prizes: Rotary Best Personal Layout and Rotary Best Performance Layout.

Without assistance of a few helpers these awards would not have been possible. Many thanks to Peter, Gary and John for their help with the wiring, setting up and working out of the storage yards and general putting together of the components. Thanks also to Marilyn for the cups of tea and supper. A fine job by those helping.

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