Zanthus, Western Australia
Zanthus circa 1940
|LGA(s)||City of Kalgoorlie-Boulder|
A depot existed at Zanthus prior to 1915 when the east to west section of the Trans Australian Railway was still not completed. Trains were arriving daily at the station at 1915 mostly carrying materials to the railhead from Kalgoorlie.
Passengers were stranded at Zanthus in 1948 when a train was delayed resulting from floodwaters causing washaways along the tracks between Zanthus and Kalgoorlie. Several passengers completed the journey to Kalgoorlie via a Goldfield Airways airplane while over 50 men worked to fix the two big washaways.
A derailment of a train occurred in 1953 when five coaches of the transcontinental eastbound express left the tracks near the town tearing up a section of the line. Repair crews worked through the night and built a deviation by the following day.
In 1975, large amounts of rain had inundated inland Western Australia from the remnants of Cyclone Trixie. A large washaway close to Zanthus had resulted in the closure of the line. A new bridge was constructed as part of the repairs in just two weeks.
The locality also has notoriety due to its position in place name lists of Western Australia.
- "The Federal line". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 16 April 1915. p. 6. Retrieved 16 October 2013.
- "Aircraft Brings Rail Passengers From Zanthus.". The Daily News. Perth: National Library of Australia. 25 February 1948. p. 5. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "Trans Trains Stranded At Zanthus.". The West Australian. Perth: National Library of Australia. 25 February 1953. p. 4. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- "Operation flood bridge". National Library of Australia. 1988. Retrieved 13 April 2013.
- Murray, Ian,(2003) Araluen to Zanthus : a gazetteeer of Perth suburbs and Western Australian towns / Ian Murray and Brian Goodchild, in association with the Department of Land Information. Fremantle,W.A.: Fremantle Arts Centre Press.
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