Day 18: on the Nullabor Plain

We woke just before sunrise, somewhere out on the Nullabor Plain.
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“Nullabor” comes from Latin, meaning “no trees”; it’s easy to see how it got its name! In fact, it is the largest limestone plateau in the world.
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The next few photos were taken near Forrest, a former railway town, now used as part of a chain of airstrips across the country used by the Department of Defence. All the photos were taken from inside the train.
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The next group of photos was taken when the train stopped and the passengers were allowed to stretch their legs for 30 minutes or so in the small former railway town of Cook.
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These were the timber and iron jail cells where prisoners were kept until the next train came through.
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This was the post office, repeater station and general store.
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This is the space between the public buildings that stand beside the railway line and what remains of the homes.
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This is one of a line of the last six houses remaining.
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This is the back view of the line of houses.
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This is a building in the school yard.
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The saddest sights were the filled-in former public swimming pool (no photo) and the upstairs classroom in the now disused school with children’s art work still hanging on the wall and the door and two of the windows left open when the teacher left for the last time!20130613-225558.jpg
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We’re not sure what this building, which stands beside the swimming pool, was used for.
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This is the railway station.
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These last three photos were taken shortly after the train left Cook.
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