Rail Trails, Interpretive Signage

Lake Macquarie City Council engaged us to research, write content and design signage for the Fernleigh Track Rail Trail. Forty (40) interpretive signs appear along the 15 kilometre rail corridor that links the cities of Lake Macquarie and Newcastle. Disused government rail corridors are being re-purposed as shared pathways or Rail Trails. Previously a disused coal haul rail line between Adamstown and Belmont, it is now a shared pathway providing a peaceful and scenic walking or cycling track, through beautiful bushland and wetland areas. The shared pathway is a joint project of Lake Macquarie and Newcastle City Councils. Date: November 2013 – September 2014 Service: Content research, interpretive writing, graphic design, image search Specs: 40 signs, 657mm wide x 1200mm high. Themed by rail history, the environment, and aboriginal heritage. Client: Lake Macquarie and Newcastle Councils Rail Trails – Fernleigh Track Adaption of the Fernleigh Track to a shared used pathway was completed to Belmont in March 2011 after ten years of construction. It is the most significant local link in the NSW Coastline Cycleway with 16kms of smooth off road cycleway following an old railway line from Adamstown via Whiebridge to Redhead, Jewels and Belmont. The gradients are gentle and features along the way include the historic tunnel, Redhead beach, Jewels wetlands and coffee stop opportunities at Belmont and at Whitebridge. Our rail history signage interprets the heritage of both Aboriginal and European people who lived and worked along the track. Dee and Peter responded to the challenges of this project (vast amount of raw content, multiple interpretive themes, … Continue reading Rail Trails, Interpretive Signage