Our Government is currently eyeing up tearing up the tracks and flogging off all the land along the lucrative and attractive rail corridor to Kingston. This is particularly ironic as a large part of the value of that land is the rail corridor.
But for a sense of perspective Aussielyn has sent in these historic photos from when the trains ran all the way to Civic.
The first is Railway Bridge destroyed by the 1922 flood of the Molonglo River – thanks to the National Library of Australia.
Here’s another look at that damage:
(Civic railway siding image thanks to ACT Rail Museum, Kingston. he Civic siding was left as an eyesore to be demolished, justifying inaction. NCDC Architects Board in the 1950s put the nail in the coffin of civic rail corridor because of hydraulics & finance.)
Aussielyn asked me to include the following to get everyone thinking:
- Yass Canberra Railway
- Check first schedule of the Seat of Government Acceptance Act 1909 still current.
I don’t think it is superceded by the 1922 ACT, but I am no lawyer!
“9. In the event of the Commonwealth constructing a railway within the Territory to its northern boundary, the State shall construct a railway from a point near Yass on the Great Southern Railway to join with the said railway,
and the Commonwealth and the State shall grant to each other such reciprocal running rights as may be agreed upon, or as in default of agreement may be determined by arbitration, over such portions of that railway as are owned by each.”