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Old 27-03-2016, 06:07 PM   #1
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It's a beautiful Easter Sunday so we went for a ride along the Benalla-Yarrawonga 'pub crawl' route.
In days gone by there was a passenger rail between Benalla and Yarrawonga. It had those little single carriage trains where you could chat to the driver. The train pased by all the little pubs, so you got juiced up at Benalla at the Vic Hotel across the road from the station, then hopped on board for the short trip to Goorambat where the train stopped long enough for 2 pots. Then the same thing at Devenish, St James, Tungamah and finally Yarrawonga where there were several pubs to crawl between before the train returned to Benalla.
Lets go!!!! ....and look at silos.

Goorambat






Goorambat pub aka the geebat.


A nice little spot between Gbat and Devenish.

The silos on this train route are now disused but the trains have been re commissioned recently for goods only. The farmers drive the grain to the silos at Yarrawonga or Dookie.
There is the occasional steam train though.

Next stop, Devenish. Hic.

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Old 27-03-2016, 07:09 PM   #2
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The Devenish pub is perhaps the friendliest on the pub crawl. It was always a community pub, in that it was owned by a cooperative of local farmers and residents. Not sure if that's still the case. We stepped inside and chatted but I didn't think to ask if it was still a co-op. Anyone know???
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Old 27-03-2016, 09:47 PM   #3
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Sweet yarn!!
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Old 27-03-2016, 09:54 PM   #4
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Nice RR John and Johnny
The little trains you mention may have been "Rail Motors"

My dad and his mum used to take one regularly when out shopping many years ago. They used to sit up the front next to the driver and my Grandmother would share a few swigs of "plonk" with the driver on the rail trip home. (!)
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Old 27-03-2016, 10:49 PM   #5
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The Black Night Rally is held at the Goorambat hotel (and possibly at the Devenish hotel on alternate years). Jo and I went to the rally at the Goorambat pub one year. We got there pretty late in the afternoon and the only space left for pitching a tent was in the gravel carpark where your bike is parked adjacent the silos. That was a best test we've had yet of the comfort of our self inflating matresses.
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