Western Line, Tasmania

Western Line, Tasmania

Western Line, Tasmania

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}}|bottom=<small>If the route map looks broken,<br> to purge the page and fix it.</small>}}The Western Line, previously known as the Launceston and Western Line is a 78Km freight rail corridor that runs from Western Junction to Wiltshire in Tasmania, Australia. The original Line was built in 1871 as a private broad gauge railway that opened between Deloraine and Launceston to ship agricultural products to port for Victorian markets.

The Railway Act

Although proposals were considered by the Tasmanian Government for the construction of a railway from Hobart to Launceston as early as 1856, it was not until 27 August 1857 that anything of a definite nature was done. At a supporters' meeting on that date, a resolution was passed recommending that a petition for the construction of a railway from Launceston to Deloraine be transmitted to the Governor. In 1858, a Parliamentary Joint Committee reported in favour of railway construction within the Colony. But, nothing was done until 1865 when the Prospectus of the Launceston and Western Railway Company was issued. The first Railway Act was passed later that year which provided for the construction of a railway between Launceston and Deloraine by private enterprise.Tasmania's First Railway Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1941 pp41-44

The Launceston and Western Railway was a Joint Stock Company of £450,000 capital, chiefly borrowed...
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