It’s the railway, and the distinctive railway station, that define the lovely little valley town of Werris Creek, in the shadow of Mount Warragundi, about 45km south-west of Tamworth.
A major storage and transportation point for the wheat and other grains grown in the district, Werris Creek is justifiably proud of its large, red brick railway station, built in the English style in 1885. Grain silos dot the skyline, and the railway line still hosts the odd train plying to and forth from the major port city of Newcastle, transporting valuable cargoes of coal and grain. NSW state rail is still the biggest employer in the town despite the downsizing of its operations, a contraction that has brutally impacted on the town.
Despite this, the town is organising and fighting back in an effort to restore the good times to Werris Creek.