History of NSW Rail line

 
  MissJanani Beginner

Location: Elderslie, New South Wales, Australia
So I have an assignment for uni that requires me to write about the Camden tramway. 

And I was hoping if anyone could please give me any ideas on where I can find information on the history of the NSW rail system (relating to where the construction started, and
which direction/years it spread throughout the entirety of NSW).

Thanks in advanced. Smile x

Nb. I have no idea how this site works, so please go easy on me if I have misplaced where this question should go or if there is already an existing thread about it. 


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  worldtraveller Locomotive Driver

So I have an assignment for uni that requires me to write about the Camden tramway.

And I was hoping if anyone could please give me any ideas on where I can find information on the history of the NSW rail system (relating to where the construction started, and
which direction/years it spread throughout the entirety of NSW).

Thanks in advanced. Smile x

Nb. I have no idea how this site works, so please go easy on me if I have misplaced where this question should go or if there is already an existing thread about it.

"MissJanani"


There is a good book called Pansy written some years ago on the Camden line and the NSW railways produced a good book on the NSWGR's first 100 years in 1955.  Both should be available from the ARHS Resource Centre in Redfern.  The Resource Centre has a lot on the history of the NSW railways. There's also a bookshop on the main concourse of Central Station.
  a6et Minister for Railways


So I have an assignment for uni that requires me to write about the Camden tramway.

And I was hoping if anyone could please give me any ideas on where I can find information on the history of the NSW rail system (relating to where the construction started, and
which direction/years it spread throughout the entirety of NSW).

Thanks in advanced. Smile x

Nb. I have no idea how this site works, so please go easy on me if I have misplaced where this question should go or if there is already an existing thread about it.

"MissJanani"


Go to the ARHS book store at Central Railway station, they should have some books on the line, also the ARHS resource centre will also have items there for research, the book shop at Central would help out with info there.

Also check the local councils, both Campbelltown & Camden, the local Historical scty's as well

  petan Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting to see a zebra using a zebra crossing!
So I have an assignment for uni that requires me to write about the Camden tramway.
"MissJanani"


Most uni type places are finished for the year so maybe a summer school??  Been there done that.

Have you played here for the Camden line data? http://www.camden.coalstonewcastle.com.au/route/route-description/#traffic 
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
For NSW in general, Rolfe Bozier's site should give you many days of browsing, reading:

http://www.nswrail.net
  drwaddles In need of a breath mint

Location: Newcastle
John Oakes' book Sydney's Forgotten Park & Rural Railways is probably a good place to start - it has a reasonably comprehensive chapter on the Camden tramway. I'd be surprised if your local library doesn't have a copy.
  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

There is a series of books called Byways of Steam, also available from the ARHS bookshop, or online through Eveleigh Press. Numbers 9 and 21 have essays and lots of pictures of the Camden branch.
Trainworks at Thirlmere has a few relics from the Camden line.
  wurx Lithgovian Ambassador-at-Large

Location: The mystical lost principality of Daptovia

So I have an assignment for uni that requires me to write about the Camden tramway.

And I was hoping if anyone could please give me any ideas on where I can find information on the history of the NSW rail system (relating to where the construction started, and
which direction/years it spread throughout the entirety of NSW).

Thanks in advanced. Smile x

Nb. I have no idea how this site works, so please go easy on me if I have misplaced where this question should go or if there is already an existing thread about it.

"MissJanani"


Go to the ARHS book store at Central Railway station, they should have some books on the line, also the ARHS resource centre will also have items there for research, the book shop at Central would help out with info there.

Also check the local councils, both Campbelltown & Camden, the local Historical scty's as well

"a6et"

The ARHS bookshop would be a good place to start, can't recall a specific book on the Camden branch, but there is a DVD available, which has footage made during the last few years of the line's operation in the late 1950s & early 1960s.

There is (or was?) a local museum at Camden that had plenty of photos etc of the line also.
  georges Chief Train Controller

Another Easter resurrection.

I recently stumbled across “The Story of the New South Railways” by E. C. Rowland, published in 1954. It is a comprehensive survey of three main railway lines, including details of political influences, construction, infrastructure and incidents. There are extensive references. The southern lines are not included.

Some may already be familiar with Rowland's work.

The present article is divided into:

·      The Western Railway Line
·      The Great Northern Line
·      The Illawarra Railway Line
  billybaxter Chief Commissioner

Location: Bosnia Park, Fairfield
I can't recommend the Pansy book. The author, if he's still kicking around, has certain behaviours that you'd certainly disapprove of.
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
The Camden Railway (Tramway) has been well researched over the years. The only significant thing outstanding is the level crossing of the Hume Highway at Narellan, which was eventually fitted with “Wig Wag” warning signals.


There were accidents at this crossing which were reported in

+A Newspapers, but which ones? Note that an incident may be reported in several different newspapers at once.

+B Parliament, with answers by the Minister, but whom?


Wikipedia has an article about the Camden Tram, but no mention of this Level Crossing.


Your mission(s), should you decide to accept them is to

+C Add a short mention of the Narellan Level Crossing to the Wiki article.

+D Write a comprehensive description of the Level Crossing in a separate Wiki article called “Level Crossing NSW Narellan”

+E Add Tags “Level Crossing NSW Narellan” to all Trove articles that you use.

+F Write a Trove List in chronological order of newsworthy mentions of this level crossing. Unfortunately Trove lists are very clumsy to edit. Suggest  doing it as a MS Word file for the time being.


If you do all this, you will gain expertise in the Trove system, which will be useful for other things.


See: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Camden_railway_line

See: https://trove.nla.gov.au

           Search for “Narellan Level”
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

O-kay

You do realise that 'Ms.Janani' is probably running a railway (or a state) somewhere by now

If only she'd reply, even with just a quick note to say all is well...
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Here is some original research for MissJanari to perform.

[Quote="Trove"]

Level Crossing NSW Narellan (Trove List)
This text written as MS Word file.
Listed in Chronological Order.
Trove search for “Level Crossing Narellan”
Trove search for “Level Crossing WigWag”
Dates are for date of Newspapers, not date of incident.

1928-03-02 (Land)     Level Crossing WigWag description
1928-09-10 (WAus)   Level Crossing Accident 1k; Old Cow Pastures Road
1930-02-12 (RNPict)  Level Crossing Signal WigWag Port Adelaide (picture)
[color=#016ed3][size=3][font=Source Serif Variable", serif]http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article54164506[/font][/size][/color]
1935-12-19 (NN)        Level Crossing Accident
1940-03-14 (CamN)   Level Crossing NSW Narellan
1941-01-06 (GoulEP) Level Crossing Signs per NRMA
1941-05-22 (LivN)     Level Crossing Narellan Flagman
1941-07-04 (CtnN)     Level Crossing Bringelly Road flagman
1941-10-09 (LivN)     Level Crossing NSW Narellan lucky escape
[color=#016ed3][size=3][font=Source Serif Variable]http://nla.gov.au/nla.news-article66435627[/font][/size][/color]
1946-04-11 (CamN)   Level Crossing Narellan Accident 2k, 1i
1946-04-11 (BizF)      Level Crossing Accident
1946-06-21 (CamN)   Level Crossing Accident Narellan Coroner Report
1952-06-10 (NorChn) Level Crossing Removal; Narellan
1952-12-03 (NAdel)   Level Crossing Brighton Hove Wigwag Signal

Newspapers
(BizF)             Biz Fairfield                           (NSW:
(CamN)           Camden News
(CtnN)             Campbelltown News              (NSW:1920-1929)
(GoulEP)         Goulburn Evening Post
(Land)             The Land
(LivN)             Liverpool News                      (NSW:1937-1941)
(NAdel)           NewsAdelaide
(NN)                Narellan News
(NorChm)       Northern Champion-Taree     (NSW:1913-1954)
(RNPict)         RegisterNewsPictorial
(WAus)           West Australian


Trove Tag Counts                                           Counts updated manually.
Level Crossing Accident                                2616
Level Crossing Narellan                                0001
Level Crossing NSW Narellan                       0018
Level Crossing Removal                                0001
Level Crossing Signal                                                0090
Level Crossing Signal WigWag                    0005
Level Crossing WigWag                                0035

Q1: What is Bringelli Road in connection with Hume Highway?
Q2: What is Old Cow Pastures Road in connection with Hume Highway?

Some original research for MissJanani to perform. . . . .
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  sydneyshortnorth Train Controller

Location: On the 1 in 40.
Here is some original research for MissJanari to perform.


Some original research for MissJanani to perform. . . . .
WimbledonW


All good stuff I'm sure, but you might want to go back and check the date of MissJanani's request for help!

Steve
  gw0071 Deputy Commissioner

I think 'Ms.Janani' was busy announcing a vaccine hub at Homebush today...
  WimbledonW Chief Train Controller

Location: Sydney
Here is some original research for MissJanari to perform.


Some original research for MissJanani to perform. . . . .


All good stuff I'm sure, but you might want to go back and check the date of MissJanani's request for help!

Steve
sydneyshortnorth
Agreed that date of 2012 overlooked. SadSad  Even fooled Admin Bevans.
  georges Chief Train Controller

The Camden Railway (Tramway) has been well researched over the years. The only significant thing outstanding is the level crossing of the Hume Highway at Narellan, which was eventually fitted with “Wig Wag” warning signals.
WimbledonW
While we are off topic, there is a much earlier thread on Railpage discussing wigwags, including a photograph of the crossing at Narellan on page 2.

Unfortunately most other photos in that thread have faded away.

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