ON A RAILWAY BENCH IN URUNGA.

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Years back, in the land of Useterbe, Urunga had a railway station with stationmaster and benches and real toilets and many other amenities, including a platform which was as long as the train and didn’t require 2 stops in order to board and alight.

Nowadays, we have this wee station as shown above. Like a lot of other places I see about, the loos are dodgy, the benches are dirty and often damaged and the pleasure of a Good Yaan is greatly diminished by the perching position to avoid grot. I’m a jeans wearer when I travel so I am not overly pernickety about what I’m sitting on but I am beginning to become disgruntled at lack of maintenance and beautification and treatment of travellers as ………. well I haven’t as yet formulated words for how travellers are treated.

The track is covered in cans and rubbish. The toilet including seat is metal. I don’t even want to hear the twaddle about the  anonymous vandals who do the damage.

Paint it. repair it. Clean it up. Urunga is not exactly sin city. Pay someone to be the attendant there if needs be. Grow some plants. Treat us like people again and then we can get back to some sitting on benches and yaaning to other travellers. They could even let us book our luggage in and not have to lug bags up and over the gap between platform and carriage. I shall locate some pictures of some railway stations as they once were when People were People.

http://trove.nla.gov.au/result?q=railway+stations

RAILWAY FACILITIES.

(1927, November 14). The Sydney Morning Herald.

URUNGA, Saturday.

The Railway Commissioners have been requested by the Urunga Progress Association to erect a gantry and new goods shed at the station, owing to increased traffic, also to run an excursion train at least once a month to Urunga Beach from Kempsey and intervening stations.

Now that was a classier time. Useterbe a lot classier.

MORTUARY STATION ROOKWOOD

Even the MORTUARY STATION was more elegant. This is the one at Rookwood in Sydney.
They used to say “ I felt as crook as Rookwood”. Well, when I go to sit on our modern railway stations, I feel as crook as.

BELMORE RAILWAY STATION

Memorial Plague for 100 years of Belmore railway station. That was my local when I was growing up. I don’t know what shape its in now. Haven’t been back since the late 1960s.

KATES 30 TH BIRTHDAY 08 009

CASINO RAILWAY STATION 2009.

 

http://www.nswrail.net/locations/show.php?name=NSW:Urunga

http://www.urunga.com.au/index.php/visiturunga/ralway

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