Railway 100th celebrated

CENTENARY: National Railway Museum executive officer Bob Sampson presents a model of the monument to Dick Smith.
CENTENARY: National Railway Museum executive officer Bob Sampson presents a model of the monument to Dick Smith.

The 100th anniversary of the completion of the Trans-Australian Railway line was celebrated last week by Regional Development Australia Whyalla and Eyre Peninsula and the National Railway Museum.

RDAWEP chair Bryan Trigg was present at Ooldea to celebrate the centenary of the line’s completion.

The two halves of the railway line between Kalgoorlie and Port Augusta met at 1.45pm on October 17, 1917 at Ooldea.

At the celebration, two replicas monuments of the wood and steel monuments from the 50th anniversary were unveiled.

Over 400 people from Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Australian Capital Territory made their way to the event.

Mr Trigg said that while the railway line did not have an effect on the Eastern Eyre region, it was a nation building move.

“The line between Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie joined Western Australia with the rest of the states,” he said.