Mullewa–Meekatharra railway

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The MullewaMeekatharra railway was a section of the Northern Railway in Western Australia.

Branch lines[edit]

The Cue to Big Bell[1] and Mount Magnet to Sandstone [2] were branch railways that connected with this railway.

The Meekatharra to Wiluna railway was an extension of the line in operation between 1932 and 1957.

As part of the Northern Line[edit]

The Mullewa station was connected to both Geraldton and to Perth, and Meekatharra was not the final location of the line, but Wiluna – further east.

Conditions[edit]

The Mullewa to Meekatharra line was regularly affected by washaways during wet weather [3][4]

Closure[edit]

The Mullewa to Meekatharra line was closed on 1 May 1978 [5]

Sections[edit]

Mullewa to Meekatharra line sections:[6]

  • Mullewa, opened 1894
  • MullewaPindar – opened 1 July 1898 – closed November 1996
  • PindarCue – opened 1 July 1898 – closed 29 April 1978
  • CueNannine – opened 1 June 1903 – closed 29 April 1978
  • NannineMeekatharra – opened 11 August 1910 – closed 29 April 1978
  • Meekatharra – continued to Wiluna Branch Railway – opened 2 November 1932 – closed 5 August 1957

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Big Bell Railway.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 21 December 1936. p. 18. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  2. ^ "Sandstone Railway.". Geraldton Guardian and Express. WA: National Library of Australia. 22 July 1933. p. 1. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  3. ^ "STATE PARLIAMENT.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 30 May 1918. p. 8. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "RAILWAY WASHAWAY.". Daily News. Perth: National Library of Australia. 1 February 1928. p. 6 Edition: HOME (FINAL) EDITION. Retrieved 25 July 2012. 
  5. ^ Western Australian Railways Institute (1977), RIM, The Institute, retrieved 25 July 2012  – May 1978 – front page The Last Farewell – Mullewa Meekatharra line closes, photos front cover and page 7 – including XA 1405 at head of final train
  6. ^ details from page 69 Quinlan, Howard; Newland, John R; Australian Railway Historical Society. New South Wales Division (2000), Australian railway routes 1854 to 2000, Australian Railway Historical Society – New South Wales Division, ISBN 978-0-909650-49-0 

External links[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Affleck, Fred N. On track : the making of Westrail, 1950 to 1976 . Perth : Westrail, 1978. ISBN 0-7244-7560-5
  • May, Andrew and Gray, Bill. A History of WAGR Passenger Carriages. Perth:The Author, 2006. ISBN 0-646-45902-3
  • Quinlan, Howard & Newland, John R. Australian Railway Routes 1854–2000 2000. ISBN 0-909650-49-7