There have been changes at Railway Dam that deserve a follow-up to the
January 2014 blog.
These include the information bay, the recently installed memorial to World War 2 immigrants who are now an integral part of Narrogin, and my rediscovery of the abandoned Archibald Park jet boat course.
At great expense to the management I have created two walking trails in the reserve. The Dam Walk (white 650 metres 20 minutes), and the Archibald Park Walk (red 1200 metres 40 minutes).
Steam locomotives require large amounts of fresh water Built in 1912, Railway Dam was the third local water source (after the Narrogin Pool, and then a dam, both of which were near the now derelict railway station). This was only for railway use, and the town remained critically short of water until a pipeline from the Wellington dam at Collie was constructed in 1954
As land surrounding the dam was gradually cleared for agriculture, increasing salinity led to the construction of the spaghetti-like system of drains to separate fresh and saline inflows. The drains and weirs originally started up near Graham road. A weir and a separator on the south western edge of the reserve also redirected fresh (blue), or saline (purple) water to either the dam or the disposal drain that bypasses the dam. Where they crossed the saline channel went underneath the fresh channel.
Many of these people obtained their own house, and remained in Narrogin to become leading citizens.
The file below contains a fascinating account of the times and these resilient people.