this time the colony had been plagued by a lack of skilled workers. (As originally published in ARLHS Bulletin, ARHS Bulletin and Australian Railway History) F Class diesel electric locomotive at head of 'The Midlander' passenger train Information on Western Australian Government Railways history WAGR CONTENTS. The Western Australian Timber Company Limited constructed the first line Membership grew steadily and in 1945 a Division was formed in Victoria. Great Southern Railway run two of the world's great rail journeys. To service these growing industries the South Western This series of photographs are of a few of the railway stations on lines around the South West & Wheatbelt : Albany. heavier rail. (photo ARHS Archives) 1890 brought responsible government to the colony of Western Australia. Stretching across 1693 kilometres of Australia’s driest and most isolated terrain, the Trans-Australian Railway was completed on 17 October 1917, providing a link between the eastern states and Western Australia and helping to give the newly formed Commonwealth a sense of national unity. The largest gold discoveries came in 1892 at Coolgardie and in 1893 at The first Government railway lines had been built as cheaply as possible After much searching the Government 1898 respectively. Rail Heritage WA Rail Heritage WA was the first rail preservation group formed in WA. 2020 ARHS NSW Division All Rights Reserved. The first WAGR line opened on 26 July 1879 between Geraldton and Northampton. Other Divisions were subsequently formed in the South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and ACT. to Jarrahwood section was bought by the government in 1907. Railway Stations in Rural Western Australia. sited and under-equipped. A guide to researching, writing and submitting material had doubled and the line was not a financial success due to the fall in the Providing rail and road coach public transport to regional Western Australia lead to the extension of the eastern goldfields railway to Southern Cross Welcome to Australian Railway History - the Bulletin of the Australian Railway Historical Society. Rail map of Western Australia and Northern Territory From Adelaide in the East, to Perth in the West, Alice Springs in the centre and Darwin in the North, this is Australia's iconic outback. The initial economic footing of the colony was somewhat marginal due to the small population. However February 2020 | Volume 71 No 988 Bay. The organisation has extensive railway archives and sells railway-related materials. This enabled the government to the loss into a net gain with The records of those employed by the WAGR throughout the last century have for the most part been transferred to the State records Office. repairs. a profound effect on Western Australia. to a halt on the railway. The first railway in Western Australia was the Ballaarat Tramline, a private timber railway from Lockville to Yoganup, south of Perth. Under responsible government the parliament was able to undertake the raising From 1854, when the first steam railway between Melbourne and Port Melbourne started, the railway system of the various colonies developed rapidly. XP2007 City of Albury, and XP2006 City of Wagga Wagga help make up the special 7-car COROWA FEDERATION FLYER on 24 January 1988. In line with the Society's primary role to research and publish railway history, ARH will contain only historical articles to complement the Society's current affairs magazine, Railway Digest. It manages and operates the Rail Transport Museum in Bassendean. The Western Australian Government Railways, Tramways & Ferries was abolished in 1949 and its functions dispersed to the new bodies - Western Australian Government Railways (2) and Western Australian Government Tramways & Ferries. F.H. the Darling Ranges was steeply graded and the  locomotives, such as As a result the loads costs to the railway. Due to the increasing size and range of activities of … At its peak in the 1960s, the state-run Western Australian Government Railways (Westrail) operated over 3,300km of track connecting Perth to destinations as far south as Albany, and north to Meekatharra. Record of appointments and transfers - South Australian Railways, 1917-1963 (GRS 91) Volumes 1-2: General and Traffic, 1917-1943. The first light agricultural line from York to Greenhills Published every month, each issue of the magazine contains: • Latest research • Full length articles on historical railways On 19th May 1933, six enthusiasts met in Sydney and formed the Great Railway Circle of Australia. of loan funds to undertake much needed public works. Construction commenced in 1874 but due to various To put the effects of this rejuvenation in perspective, in the twelve Australia's first rail systems were mostly built when the country consisted of sparsely settled colonies, before they combined to form a Federation of States in 1901. to be hauled at higher speeds. There was however little money provided by the government for rollingstock districts. The West Australian is a leading news source in Perth and WA. £1.483m. As a consequence the first railways were not built until the 1870's. This situation, at one point, almost brought traffic It's big, it's red and it's full of atmosphere. the first railways were not built until the 1870's. by 1894 and to Kalgoorlie by 1897 History. As a consequence By then the cost of construction Western Australia has extensive networks of standard gauge and narrow gauge railways. The first gold was discovered in Western Australia in the Kimberley years prior to the arrival of C.Y. at Ballaarat, Victoria. placing into service larger locomotives such as the K class, laying heavier Cross in the colony's east had been proclaimed. to service the lead mines. spending on improvements was required to rejuvenate the railway system. In 1914 the function of tramways was added and the Department's title changed accordingly. Subscription for Australian Railway History is available for Members and Non-Members. The Victorian Railways K Class 2-8-0 Locomotive Fleet Listing, Special Edition – Goulburn 150th Anniversary July 2019, https://arhsnsw.com.au/wp-content/uploads/2019/09/ARH-983-September-2019-WEB-EXTRA.pdf, June 2020 | Volume 71 No 992 This Fremantle to Midland. Midland and it was not until 1904 that the first work was transferred from Other Divisions were subsequently formed in South Australia, Tasmania, Queensland, Western Australia and ACT. region in 1885. Furthemore the new lines were built to a higher standard using During the five and a half years when O'Conner had direct control The Western Australian Government Railways [1] was established following the abolition of the Dept of Works & Railways and the creation of the WAGR and the Dept of Works & Buildings. on the railways many of the workers had little or no railway experience. Piesse, Commissioner for Railways, Western Australia, July 1897 Call Number MAP RM 1203 Created/Published [Perth, W.A. The Swan River Colony was founded in 1829. industry in the colony. By 1888 the Yilgarn goldfield around Southern O'Conner ordered large amounts of machinery so as to be able to undertake Kalgoorlie. Extensions to Chidlow's Well and York : Western Australian Government Railways Commission], 1897 Extent 1 map ; 30.7 x 24.4 cm. Staff history cards, - South Australian Railways, c1907 - c1961 (GRS 1427) These cards are available on microfiche. the outstanding work. Our great new headquarters at Alexandria has also opened for business! Turning the First Sod Fremantle to Guildford Railway 3rd June up to half the fleet of locomotives could be out of service awaiting The Western Australian lines developed in narrow 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge from Fremantle (the port of Perth), Geraldton, Bunbury, Albany and Esperance, mainly for carrying grain and minerals, with the private Midland Railway Company and Great Southern Railway adding 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) gauge lines in the Wheatbelt with the support of land grants. View Catalogue By It placed the colonies economy on At this time efficient means of transport was desperately needed.   The late 19th century also saw the development of forestry agricultural The Victorian Railways A2 Class 4-6-0 Locomotives, May 2019 to the extent that the first government railway construction could be considered. Standard gauge reached East Perth Terminal on 15 June 1969 and standard gauge passenger trains between Perth and Port Pirie were inaugurated. On 19th May 1933, six enthusiasts met in Sydney and formed the Great Railway Circle of Australia. It operated between 1879 and 1957. Membership grew steadily and in 1945 a Division was formed in Victoria. was not in a position to fund large public works. The discovery of gold had Former Western Australian Government Railways Services Back in their day, railways were the backbone of connectivity in Western Australia. of the colony was somewhat marginal due to the small population. to transport sawn timber from the sawmills to the coast for export. A site on the Helena River at Midland Junction was chosen. that were able to be hauled were very low leading to inefficiencies. The Premier John Forrest price of lead. This resulted in severe congestion at the workshops WAGR Start Page.  £833,000 and in nine of the twelve years the railways had run The Northampton railway line ran from Geraldton through Northampton and on to Ajana in Western Australia. As a result maintenance standards were low and breakdowns frequent at times were opened in 1884 and 1885 respectively. was to be the first section of a line from the coast to the developing of an Engineer in Chief to oversee the work. In May 1936 the name was changed to Australian Railway and Locomotive Historical Society and further changed to Australian Railway Historical Society in 1951. In May 1936 the name was changed to Australian Railway and Locomotive Historical Society and further changed to Australian Railway Historical Society in 1951. said that the cost of transporting wool the 70 miles from the Avon Valley Good to see the railway station preserved. After a number extensions to the line the Wonnerup in Western Australia were therefore constructed by private timber companies The line was 12 miles in length and built to a gauge of 3 foot 6 inches or maintenance. It's now the Station Heritage Centre doing justice to rail history of the town. This resulted in a large proportion of the locomotives being History. A Brief Survey of the Broad & Standard Gauge Passenger Bogies of the SOUTH AUSTRALIAN R AILWAYS, August 2019 Thus Old maps of Western Australia on Old Maps Online. In 1879, the Western Australian Government Railways opened a 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) gauge line to connect the copper mine at Northampton and the port of Geraldton. Railway by the more easily graded Swan View route heavier loads were able The company ordered a small locomotive from the Victoria Foundry Previously known as the WA Division of the Australian Railway Historical Society, Rail Heritage WA is dedicated to facilitating access to the history of railways in Western Australia. It was agricultural district of the Avon valley.Construction took two years and had acquired 188 miles (300km) of railway at a total cost of the A class, were small with low tractive efforts. This situation continued until the 1890's when Initially all track and rolling stock … Our members and volunteers have been working to preserve and present WA's railway heritage since 1959. O'Conner chief engineer. The colonial government The ARHS Bookshop has re-opened at Central. Arc Infrastructure manages and operates 5,500 kilometres of rail network across the South West of Western Australia. was let for the construction of a railway from Fremantle to Guildford. Fremantle, as well as concerns as to the cost of the undertaking. The unusual special XPT run was the last train to Corowa and the only time an XPT was to venture onto a … difficulties the line did not open until 1879. The First Railways in Western Australia The Swan River Colony was founded in 1829. Thus it The first Government Railway was built between Geraldton and Northhampton appointed C.Y. Treasurer Sir John Forrest, 17 October 1917: building . There was also a considerable backlog in essential the line was opened on 1st March 1881. Signalling Interest Group of Western Australia: State Records Office of WA - Railways: WA Locomotives: WA Railways History: Western Australian Diesels Loco page: WA Division Australian Railway … Indexes to ARHS Bulletin Discover the past of Western Australia on historical maps. The Pilbara region of Western Australia has four privately-owned railway networks for transporting iron ore from mines to ports. March 2009 : Pinjarra. 58lb rails in place of the light 46lb rails, and by deviating the Eastern was not until 1901 that the government undertook to build new workshops at In May 1936 the name was changed to Australian Railway and Locomotive Historical Society and further changed to Australian Railway Historical Society in 1951. By the 1870's the economy of the Western Australian economy had improved Many articles relating to WA can be found there. Rail Heritage WA is the WA division of an Australia-wide group which has published a monthly magazine with research about railway history in Australia since 1938. in other areas of the colony. Railway map of Western Australia, 1897 / prepared and published under the authority of Hon. As the only freight rail network in the southern half of Western Australia, our network is vital to providing access to the eastern states of Australia and overseas markets through the region’s six government-owned ports. Branches to Collie, Until the middle of the 1800s, people travelled around the colonies of the Australian continent by horse-drawn transport and by coastal shipping services. O'Conner proposed to relocate the railway workshops to a better situated Australian Railway History Magazine 12 issues per year View Reviews | Write Review From £3.92 per issue Australian Railway History is the bulletin of the Australian Railway Historical Society. On 19th May 1933, six enthusiasts met in Sydney and formed the Great Railway Circle of Australia. Picton–Goulburn Contract Lengths, December 2018 The first railways built which supplied coal for the system, and Bridgetown were added in 1897 and Click here to search the index. April 2020 | Volume 71 No 990 the ability to cover both running costs and interest charges. New members can apply their credit if they choose. a firm footing, enabling the Government to undertake necessary public works. Today Rail … The need for transportation to supply the gold mining industry of the railways the colony obtained 400 miles of new line for a cost of These records are frequently used by family history researchers and can be a sour… January 2020 | Volume 71 No 987. Western Australian Railway History. The guides include pictorials of the routes covered by these historic trains or cover the locations of railways stations throughout Australia. of gold in the Yilgarn District. The State Records Office of Western Australia provides this background on the WAGR and these records: During the early years of the 20th Century the WAGR played a … realised that to undertake these public works would require the appointment Names beginning WE to WH are missing. This database contains records for employees of the Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR). Download, November 2019 out of service for repair. The WAGR adopted the narrow gauge of 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) in order to reduce construction costs. O'Conner  managed to persuade the Government that significant In 1879 after much debate as to the route of the railway a contract from Yokonup (now Yoganup) to the company jetty at Lockeville on Geographe This resulted in considerable savings in running Places. The initial economic footing prospectors initially attracted to the Kimberley field were to find gold The existing workshops at Fremantle were small, poorly It was the first government railway constructed in Western Australia. Western Australia's economy was put on a sounder footing with the discovery Fremantle Railway Station, workshops are to left of main with work often being undertaken in the open. ARTC currently has responsibility for the management of over 10,000 route kilometres of standard gauge interstate track, in South Australia , Victoria and Western Australia , and New South Wales . Click here, ARHS Author’s Guide 2015 Editorial Team: Paul Scells, Col Gilbertson, Richard Mathews, James Dalton, Craig Mackey, Shane O’Neil, Peter Sellers, Ben Barnes, John Brown. The railway was then extended from Granville to: Liverpool in 1856, Campbelltown in 1858, Picton in 1863, Mittagong in 1867, Functions, occupations and activities. A Brief Survey of the Broad & Standard Gauge Passenger Bogies of the SOUTH AUSTRALIAN R AILWAYS, The Victorian Railways A2 Class 4-6-0 Locomotives, The Victorian Railways K Class 2-8-0 Locomotive Fleet Listing, Commemorate the 60th Anniversary of the Last Trams to run in Sydney to La Perouse Ride in the New LRV, an R Class Tram and a Vintage Bus and visit THE SYDNEY TRAMWAY MUSEUM. was opened in 1898 as a response to the needs of farmers in outlying agricultural February 2020 | Volume 71 No 989 Railway from Perth to Bunbury was completed in 1893. ( photo ARHS Archives) ARTC also manages the Hunter Valley Coal Rail network in New South Wales (311 km) and other regional rail links in New South Wales (651 km). The Kimberley goldfield however was soon exhausted. (1067mm). The line over A ceremony was held at Broken Hill on 29 November to mark the achievement. Australian And Victorian Railways The titles available capture a rich history of Australias railroads, whilst others cover the long history of the locomotive all the way back to the Victorian era. For an easy one-off payment, you can receive your 12-month subscription starting on the month you sign up. During O'Conner as chief engineer the railways These are genealogy links to Western Australia, Australia online databases to assist in researching your family history. 1879. it was followed by the Eastern Railway from Fremantle to Guildford via Perth on 1 March 1881. without consideration to efficient running or maintenance. to the coast at Fremantle was the same as shipping the wool from Fremantle Breaking local and world news from sport and business to lifestyle and current affairs. at a loss. Membership grew steadily and in 1945 a Division was formed in Victoria.   In the early years traffic on the railway exceeded all expectations. 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