Centenary of the Opening of the Trans Australian Railway - Port Augusta

 
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Fact 25 / 100 – Administrative and Engineering Headquarters

Prior to the linking of the rails there was a Supervising Engineer, District Mechanical Superintendent and Storekeeper at both Port Augusta and Kalgoorlie. With the opening of the line the Administration was transferred to Port Augusta. The head of the Way and Works Branch also District Officers representing the Locomotive, Transport and Stores Branches were all located in Port Augusta.

Source: Riders of the Steel Highways – Monte Luke

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Fact 26 / 100 – Railways Institute

In his annual report for 1919 Commissioner Norris Bell was very eager to establish a Railway Institute. The intention was to erect a main institute building, with a good library and classrooms at Port Augusta and for reading rooms and recreation halls at Tarcoola, Cook and Rawlinna. It was also suggested that a children’s circulating library be established for isolated camps along the line.

By June 1921 at a site on Railway Parade, Port Augusta had been set aside as a recreation reserve for railway employees. Two tennis courts had been completed, a four rink bowling green laid out, lawns and flower beds planted and swings and facilities for children completed. Employees gave their own time to establish the reserve.
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Fact 27 / 100 – Superannuation Fund

The Commonwealth Superannuation Fund commenced on the 5th of January 1923. For a contribution starting at 85 cents per fortnight an employee could receive a pension of $208 per annum at retirement age, or upon the death of the employee a spouse pension of $104 per annum with provision for children under the age of 16 years.

The fund was seen as an aid to the employee, who otherwise might find difficulty in making adequate provision for their retirement. The scheme also served as an inducement to remain with the commission and bring about a contented workforce.

Source: Riders of the Steel Highways – Monte Luke

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Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik

Fact 27 / 100 – Superannuation Fund

The Commonwealth Superannuation Fund commenced on the 5th of January 1923. For a contribution starting at 85 cents per fortnight an employee could receive a pension of $208 per annum at retirement age, or upon the death of the employee a spouse pension of $104 per annum with provision for children under the age of 16 years.

The fund was seen as an aid to the employee, who otherwise might find difficulty in making adequate provision for their retirement. The scheme also served as an inducement to remain with the commission and bring about a contented workforce.

Source: Riders of the Steel Highways – Monte Luke

Train1959
An interesting comparison between superannuation then and now!
  YM-Mundrabilla Minister for Railways

Location: Mundrabilla but I'd rather be in Narvik
CR Monthly Notice 1922

The length of crossing loops in the clear, and of the dead end
crossing siding at Woocalla, are as under :--

Woocalla--Dead-end siding at Western end.  1325 feet    
Woocalla-Loop siding East end of yard        800 feet          
Pimba .                                                            1405
Wirraminna                                                    1386
Kingoonya                                                       1400    
Tarcoola                                                          1500
Wynbring                                                        1380
Barton                                                             1380
Immarna                                                         1385
Ooldea.                                                           1340
Cook                                                                1360
Hughes                                                            1621
Forrest                                                            1470
Loongana                                                        1180
Haig                                                                 1390
Rawlinna                                                         1390
Naretha                                                          1360
Zanthus                                                           1440
Karonie                                                           1420

Note:   1,400 feet equals 427 metres

Crossing loops on the Trans are (approx.) 1,800 metres or 5,905 feet these days
Train1959
The sectional distances between the crossing loops listed are, perhaps, of interest. The sectional distance figures are round miles and are shown in bold.

Woocalla--Dead-end siding at Western end.  1325 feet    
Woocalla-Loop siding East end of yard        800 feet          
Pimba .                                                            1405                    42    
Wirraminna                                                    1386                    44
Kingoonya                                                       1400                    52
Tarcoola                                                          1500                   48
Wynbring                                                        1380                    64
Barton                                                             1380                    55
Immarna                                                         1385                    31
Ooldea.                                                           1340