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Sandstone Branch Railway

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Sandstone Branch Railway (also known as the Black Range railway) was a branch railway line between Mount Magnet and Sandstone in the Mid West (Western Australia) region of Western Australia.

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History

It was built in 1910, and closed in 1949, it was lifted in 1950.

Route

It was connected to the Mullewa – Meekatharra railway at Mount Magnet.

Locations on line

  • Mount Magnet (481 miles from Perth)
  • Warrambu (504 miles from Perth)
  • Paynesville (525 miles from Perth)
  • – intersects with No 1 Rabbit Proof Fence at 543 miles
  • Anketell (546 miles from Perth)
  • Sandstone (574 miles from Perth)
  • Speculation of link to Leonora

    Prior to and after construction, there has been suggestions of connecting to the railway line at Leonora, which was approximately 100 miles south east of Sandstone. Such a connection would have created a loop line linking the Northern railway with the Eastern Goldfields Railway. The proposal was not successful.

    Reputation of branch line

    The railway was considered to be the worst railway in Western Australia in the mid-1930s by the railway commissioner of the time

    Post second world war austerity issues were given as part of reason for closing due to shortage of 45 lb rails for the required repairs to remain open in 1948

    Goods shed

    The Sandstone railway goods shed built in 1910 was considered to be of heritage significance having survived long after closing of the line

    References

    Sandstone Branch Railway Wikipedia


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