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Railways in South Australia

Compiled by Elizabeth Doidge

sa railways 1854
sa railways 1854
sa railways 1856
sa railways 1857
sa railways 1860
sa railways 1866
sa railways 1869
sa railways 1870
sa railways 1878
sa railways 1879
sa railways 1880
sa railways 1881
sa railways 1882
sa railways 1883
sa railways 1884
sa railways 1886
sa railways 1888
sa railways 1906
sa railways 1908
sa railways 1910
sa railways 1911
sa railways 1913
sa railways 1914
sa railways 1918
sa railways 1919
sa railways 1922
sa railways 1925
sa railways 1928
sa railways 1939
sa railways 1957
sa railways 2012

The first railway, constructed in 1854, was horsedrawn and carried produce from Goolwa at the mouth of the River Murray to the harbour at Port Elliot.

All the early railways, embankments and cuttings were dug and built with manual labour. The tracks, engines and bridge constructions were imported from Britain.

The lines are shown against the background of the development Counties and Hundreds, which can be seen in greater detail here.(Opens in new Tab)

Construction of the Willunga Line
Images from the S A Library collection