Esperance Branch Railway
Originally it was the Coolgardie - Esperance railway, but following the Standard Gauge project in the 1960s it became the Kalgoorlie - Esperance railway, as Coolgardie no longer was connected by rail.
- Coolgardie - Widgiemooltha - 51 miles 38 chains (82.8 km)
- Widgiemooltha - Norseman - 56 miles 59 chains (91.3 km)
- Norseman - Salmon Gums - 58 miles 46 chains (94.3 km)
- Salmon Gums - Esperance - 65 miles 56 chains (105.7 km)
Steam era water supplies
During the time the narrow gauge railway was in operation, due to the distances through dry country, dams and tanks were of importance to supply the steam engines in operation. Between Coolgardie and Esperance, water supply sources were from Water Supply Department (Coolgardie), Mines Department Dam (Widgiemooltha),and WAGR dams - WAGR annual reports took into consideration: Catchment area, Capacity, Pumped or gravitation collection of water, estimated loss by evaporation and absoprtion, and total amount of water stored.
Gauge and Route
It was originally built as narrow gauge, but with gauge standardisation of the main interstate railway in the late 1960s, it was converted to standard gauge to, so as not to become a gauge orphan. The route was also changed somewhat with standardisation, with a junction at Kalgoorlie replacing the junction at Coolgardie.
Selected stopping locations
- Western Australian Government Railways (1954), Report of the Western Australian Government Railways Commission for the year ended, W.H. Wyatt, retrieved 5 July 2012 Appendix F, page 60 - 'Eastern Goldfields Railway'
- Railway Digest October 2009, p17