Grist Mills Focus on Trains Journal of Campbelltown & Airds Historical Soc 1996

Grist Mills Focus on Trains Journal of Campbelltown & Airds Historical Soc 1996

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Grist Mills Focus on Trains Journal of Campbelltown & Airds Historical Soc 1996
Grist Mills Focus on Trains Journal of Campbelltown & Airds Historical Society Vol 9 #4 Nov 1996 Approx 20 pages.
The Camden Train, the Spectacle of the Melbourne Express, Facts from Railwaymen of the 1950s, The Melbourne Limited, 3801 Quiz, the Vintage Train, Gleanings.
After Macarthur's settlement at Camden Park, the area soon developed into a thriving agricultural community, its main occupations being stud, stock and dairy farming." (1) The great southern railway bypassed Camden through Glenlee to Maldon so -....deprived Camden of a direct rail connection with the Metropolis." (2) The necessity for fast and reliable transport for the butter market prompted local dairy farmers to lobby for a branch line in the 1890's. The government responded to the calls believing the branch line was necessary but the construction of a railway would prove very expensive. A proposal was put forward for the construction of a tramway alongside the road. As a trial, a line from Blacktown to Richmond was opened in 1863. The line proved successful so was kept permanently in 1864. In 1879 this line was strengthened to take standard locomotives, but severe limitations on load restrictions halted further trials. "After the initial success of the first steam tramway between the Botanical Gardens and Redfern station in 1879, it was urged that this service be extended to other parts of Sydney." (3) As a result a 'Tramway Extension Act' was passed on 28 April, 1880, " which authorised the construction of fourteen additional tramways." (4) They were to service suburbs that did not have railway communication with Sydney. A rural line was included to see if a country area could be successfully connected to the main railway. The Camden to Campbelltown route was selected because it was close to the city, well populated and had many goods to be sold on the Sydney market. Another advantage was that the Nepean Bridge was strong enough to hold the train line.

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