Railtons Tunnel is said to be a government project. It is said that during the depression years a gentleman by the name of Railton needed work and some form of income for his family. At that time the government was issuing incentive payments to individuals who were finding gold outside of the established known gold areas. It was the intention of the government to open up new undiscovered gold fields. It is also said that, Railton not being a stupid man approached the government about receiving a grant to dig a new drive looking for gold. Railton advised the government that he knew of an area which he believed to have very high potential for gold. And so Railton began digging the tunnel.
The Government Gold warden would regularly come and inspect Railtons Tunnel have tea with him and discuss how he was going and enquire if Railton had found any gold yet. Railton would always answer that he had not located any gold yet but must surely be nearly upon it. The Gold Warden would then happily return to his office and continue authorisation of the grant to Railton. I was advised, that what the Gold Warden did not know, was that Railton was not looking for gold at all. In fact Railton was only just digging the tunnel to receive the grant. You see Railton had figured out that digging a tunnel to receive a wage was not a bad idea during the depression years. As work was extremely scarce, Railton had come up with the perfect plan to receive money during these tough years. As I said Railton was not a stupid man.
Now getting back to the story, once you crawl inside the tunnel, it is
quite large, and as I said a small person can stand upright, but a large
person would need to stoop. Railton had cut out little nooks into the walls
at intervals where he would leave his tobacco pouch. The actual drive is
in nearly pure pipe clay. When I was there, I had a very good look for gold
but I would probably say that the overburden and mullock is barren. I was
using a Gold Bug, but with the Super Detectors you never know. The tunnel
is located near St Arnaud in Victoria.