Ray Warren Statue

An engineering feat constructed in the 1940s to allow rail engines to negotiate the steep slope. The Bethungra Spiral on the Sydney to Melbourne line, goes through two tunnels and over the top of the hill, through a big cutting at the spur.

This is the largest example of a 360 degree spiral in Australia.

To get there, drive through Bethungra township on the road to Cootamundra. About five minutes out of Bethungra look for the three tiers of railway line on the right hand side of the road. On the right is a dirt road, follow the dirt road to the car park with the gate, park and then walk to the railway.

CountryLink trains pass through the spiral on their way to Junee. You can find timetables on the CountryLink website.

A working scale model of the spiral can be seen at the Broadway Historical Museum. 


Rabbs Comes Home

By Neil Smith – The Limping Poet

On the occasion of the unveiling of the Ray Warren Statue on 6 August 2011.

All around this land, Ray Warren is a household name, His race and sport game calling has earned him world-wide fame. One of many children , he made an early choice, He took a lively interest in painting pictures with his voice. Yes calling racing marbles as they rolled down the floor, Or phantom calling trots, perched in a tree what’s more. Then out the front of the TV store watching races in black and white, He practised his art till perfect, he practised day and night. Though other careers have crossed his path, the calling’s his calling you see, Now Ray’s well known across this land and long since left Junee. But his mates have banded together to say thanks, what a bloody great bloke. They’ve insisted on making his likeness, though it started as a bit of a joke. So they’ve honoured his name, forever he’ll stand, a fitting tribute, an effigy. He’s with us forever in Dobbyn Park, Ray’s finally come home to Junee.