The Whitton years

John Whitton was publicly acknowledged as The Father of New South Railways in the Sydney Morning Herald’s Obituary on 21 February 1898. The Obituary is a useful summary of Whitton’s active years as Engineer-in-Chief from 1857 to 1890. During this period he served 26 colonial governments, achieving successes and suffering setbacks, notably overseeing the construction of the standard gauge trunk railways north, south and west of Sydney, but working under funding constraints that prevented him from building the railways to the high standards he knew were best in the long term. All this affected administration, design of station buildings, locomotives, safe working, tracks and infrastructure, particularly bridges. The history of the latter two ran continuously throughout Whitton’s career so they provide a framework for this brief overview of the Whitton Years

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  • Pagination: pp. 8-16
  • Monograph Title: Permanent Way Institution (PWI) NSW, 2005 annual convention

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  • Accession Number: 01517046
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:05PM