Railway dams and reservoirs of Western Australia
Railway dams and reservoirs were used to supply water to an extensive railway system that ventured into low rainfall, and poor water quality areas of the inner regions of Western Australia in the 1890s.
Some of the dams were made redundant with the completion of the Goldfields Water Supply Scheme which provided a more certain supply along the Eastern and Goldfields lines.
Water quality was a perennial problem, and some dams and supplies had levels of unwanted salinity and other ingredients that seriously affected the life time of the Western Australian Government Railways (WAGR) steam locomotive boilers.
Railway dams were located at:
Eastern Goldfields RailwayEdit
The Eastern Goldfields railway started east of Northam, following development of other branch lines from Northam.
- Cunderdin (to Public Works Department (Western Australia) in 1903)
- Parkers Pool (1899) (Parkers Road 1900+)
- Southern Cross Parsonage (Parsonage dropped 1905)
- Yellowdine No. 1
- Yellowdine No. 2
- Boorabbin No. 1
- Boorabbin No. 2
- Woolgangie No. 1
- Woolgangie No. 2
- Bullabulling No. 1
- Bullabulling No. 2
- Broad Arrow
- Kanowna (not WAGR 1903)
- Niagara (not WAGR 1903)
- Malcolm (1905 +)
- Laverton (1905 +)
Great Southern RailwayEdit
The Great Southern Railway was originally a private land grant railway, and was later taken over by the government.
- 1890s (Beverley – Albany)
- Later starting points of the Great Southern were at York, Spencers Brook, Avon Yard.
- 195 – Mile (Yornan)
- Wagin Lake (Wagin)
- Mount Magnet
- Day Dawn (1903 +)
- Stakewell (1905 +)
- Nallan (1905 +)
WAGR annual reportsEdit
- 1899 Appendix G p. 47
- 1900 Appendix D p. 57
- 1901 Appendix D p. 61
- 1903 Appendix F p. 54
The appendices are fully expanded tables that include the capacity of the dams, as well as their location in miles from the Perth railway station.
- "WESTERN AUSTRALIA". The Sydney Morning Herald. National Library of Australia. 18 December 1901. p. 10. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- "Water Shortage in Western Australia". The Recorder. Port Pirie, SA: National Library of Australia. 30 January 1936. p. 2. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- "Western Australia". Western Mail. Perth: National Library of Australia. 12 December 1940. p. 38. Retrieved 28 March 2013.
- Western Australian Government Railways Commission (1900), Report on the working of the government railways for the year ended 30th June, Govt. Printer, retrieved 27 March 2013