Adelaide River Railway Precinct
Threat: Degradation through inappropriate siting of new railway
significant and extensive remnant of the 1888 North Australian Railway is threatened by the new Adelaide to Darwin Railway which has been
routed to cut right through the Adelaide River Railway Historic Precinct.
This 2km long
heritage listed precinct contains all the essential elements of a 19th century railway including a magnificent 500ft steel girder bridge,
railway yards with sidings and extensive equipment, and the fully restored station building.
Since the North
Australian Railway closed in 1976, the Friends have worked to preserve this wonderful railway heritage, and to establish a heritage rail route
between Adelaide River and the historic
WW2 Snake Creek ammunition storage area.
agreement which the Friends group had negotiated with the railway authorities which would have avoided most of the Heritage Precinct has been
violated by the construction crews, and much of the heritage track has now been taken up and will need to be removed.
The passage of
modern trains speeding through the Precinct will imperil visitors, threaten heritage structures, and severely compromise the proposed heritage
rail link to Snake Creek.
to present the new railway and the Heritage Precinct in a harmonious and educational environment has been grossly diminished by the changed
route and the attendant earth works and safety considerations which it imposes.
Work should be
stopped immediately, and a new route determined which is protective of the fragile structures of the Precinct, and which allows the Heritage
Rail to Snake Creek to proceed in safety.