This website contains plans for 16 new or extensions of existing Railway lines for Regional and Rural New South Wales. Construction should occur over the next thirty years with three lines under construction at the same time.
The first railway line that operated in New South Wales ran from Sydney to Parramatta on 26 September 1855. Services reached Albury on 3 February 1881.Other lines extended to Broken Hill on 15 July 1919 and Murwillumbah on 24 December 1894. The first electric train to operate in New South Wales ran from Sydney to Oatley on 1 March 1926.
Who was responsible for this development? Mr. John Whitton arrived in Sydney in December 1856. He was appointed Engineer-in-Chief of the New South Wales Railways and at the time there was only three kilometres of completed railway. Upon retirement in 1890 there was 3538 Km of completed railway. He is acknowledged as the 'Father of the NSW Railways'.
John Whitton had to resolve a number of issues in order to construct the railways. The Governor Sir William Denison supported horse drawn tramways and Whitton argued that only a railway could work the volume of freight envisaged. Whitton was a strong supporter of a uniform rail gauge, coal fired locomotives and bridges and rails made of iron. Governments were loathe in spending more than the minimum required and over time whitton won the day to expand the railways and needless to say he went onto win the arguments.
As with the Bradfield line which is named after Dr. J.J. Bradfield the Whitton Line is named after John Whitton and will include the restoration of Whitton as a commissioned railway station. Whitton Station was formerly on the Hay branch line and opened as Hulong in 1881 and renamed Whitton. The station was decommissioned some years ago. Whitton Station would contain two full length platforms.
Australia and New South Wales has a history of drought, bushfires and floods. New regional and rural railway lines can and should have irrigation pipelines placed alongside the lines. In the 1920s Dr. J.J.Bradfield proposed a series of inland pipelines to irrigate Queensland. The Queensland Government ignored his plans and consequently he came to New South Wales.
Severe flooding occurred in 1955 in Maitland and Nyngan, New South Wales in 1990 as did Bourke and the North Coast of New South Wales in 2009, Charleville, Queensland in 1990 and Ingham, Queensland in 2009. Bushfires occurred in New South Wales in 1939, 1977, 1994 and 2006. Victoria faced these disasters in 1939, 1983, 1985, 2006 and in 2009. South Australia was ravaged by bushfire in 1983 as was Tasmania 1967, Queensland in 1967, 2005 and Canberra 2003. There is a school of thought that back burning should not occur in National Parks. Perhaps New South Wales has too many National Parks.
New Railway lines can be built alongside highways such as the Pacific and Princes that are totally inadequate and long overdue for upgrading. New railway lines provide for life-saving fire breaks wherever they are laid. The planned railway lines that are contained in this website are designed to operate in a straight line and on a high viaduct where required. All railway lines in New South Wales will be electrified and completely dual track with full length platforms.
All the planned regional and rural lines are interconnecting and will traverse New South Wales from west to east and north to south and all points in between. Dubbo Parkes, Orange, Yass Junction and Canberra would be upgraded to include additional full length platforms and a station roof to protect passengers from the elements similar to Calais or St. Pancras Railway Stations.
If Dr. J.J Bradfield and John Whitton could see the benefits of railway over horse drawn tramways and metro rail why can't we 'see the wood for the trees' in a modern twenty-first century?
After all these are YOUR RAILWAYS: OUR FUTURE
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