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Civic Centre Railway shots

By Barcham - 12 June 2013 12

Peter sent us these fun shots of Canberra from yesteryear.

To mis-answer Merc’s question about pictures of the railway in Garema place, see “fig 2-14 panorama.jpg”

According to my copy of “Canberra’s Engineering Heritage” (2nd ed, 1990, isbn 0 85825 496 4), the railway from Queanbeyan skirted the east basin of LBG, along what is now Parkes Way near Kings Avenue, crossing ANZAC Parade and Constitution Avenue and going through Reid, into Garema place and along Lonsdale to a terminus.

Unfortunately, the flood of 1922 destroyed the bridge over the Molonglo “…and it was never rebuilt”.

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12 Responses to
Civic Centre Railway shots
poetix 9:17 pm 12 Jun 13

Excellent excuse to link to what is arguably the Worst Poem Ever:
http://www.mcgonagall-online.org.uk/gems/the-tay-bridge-disaster

iHateBanks 6:54 pm 12 Jun 13
Thumper 2:47 pm 12 Jun 13

caf said :

I believe the railway line passed along what is now the treed area between the CIT and Amaroo St in Reid. Its also why there’s the large gap between Mort St and the blocks on its western side (which is now mostly off-street parking).

Indeed it did. You can still see the corridor today.

And, I’m not sure but some of the embankment may still exist as earthworks.

Reprobate 2:46 pm 12 Jun 13

The Molonglo River bridge looks like a way cool rollercoaster ride.

MERC600 2:43 pm 12 Jun 13

caf said :

There are some more pictures in this earlier RiotACT story.

Thanks for your research. The article has a link that shows the siding inCivic, just after the rail lines were removed.

caf 2:15 pm 12 Jun 13

I believe the railway line passed along what is now the treed area between the CIT and Amaroo St in Reid. Its also why there’s the large gap between Mort St and the blocks on its western side (which is now mostly off-street parking).

caf 2:10 pm 12 Jun 13

There are some more pictures in this earlier RiotACT story.

MERC600 1:48 pm 12 Jun 13

Well thanks to Peter for his research. I had read the rail continued into Civic, but these are the first photos I have seen. Thanks agin.

beardedclam 11:52 am 12 Jun 13

Wow, I never knew that, great pics. Thank you.

Thumper 11:43 am 12 Jun 13

A new Canberra railway station should be built at Goldcreek and attach itself to the current NSW lines.

Roundhead89 11:30 am 12 Jun 13

p1 said :

If the stingy buggers had rebuilt it we’d have a railway to the city now. Shame really.

We would also be able to travel to Melbourne by rail without having to be bussed to Yass or Coota to connect with the train coming from Sydney.

p1 11:04 am 12 Jun 13

If the stingy buggers had rebuilt it we’d have a railway to the city now. Shame really.

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