In 1970, the line from Port Pirie to Broken Hill was converted to standard gauge, reducing Port Pirie to having two gauges, but creating three-guage stations at Gladstone and Peterborough. In 1982, the line to Adelaide was also converted to standard gauge.
Port Pirie, South Australia reference (http://www.wilmap.com.au/port_pirie.html)
What a fascinating town PortPirie is. It was the second town to be proclaimed in South Australia and named after the first commercial vessel to sail into the port discovered by Matthew Flinders on one of his circumnavigations of this country.
PortPirie is dominated by it's lead smelter stack which is the second highest in the Southern Hemisphere, and can be used as a landmark when arriving from any direction.
PortPirie is in a semi-arid area where red sand and bluebush, a saltbush type of shrub dominate the coastal plains.
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