Proposed SAR lines

 
  ARG706 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA
I just saw a map on FB showing an old document which shows a planned line to Yankalilla, presumably dating from the early 19th century. Has anyone here ever heard of this proposal? Are there any more precise indications of which route it would have taken? Eg a .kml file for GE?

What would the suburban system be like today if all of these lines were built?

Also, were there ever plans to build a railway to the eastern suburbs (Magill, Rostrevor etc)?

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  xdford Chief Train Controller

I just saw a map on FB showing an old document which shows a planned line to Yankalilla, presumably dating from the early 19th century. Has anyone here ever heard of this proposal? Are there any more precise indications of which route it would have taken? Eg a .kml file for GE?

What would the suburban system be like today if all of these lines were built?

Also, were there ever plans to build a railway to the eastern suburbs (Magill, Rostrevor etc)?
ARG706
I am of the understanding that Webb suggested continuing the Northfield/Stockade line through the valley to Modbury but was stymied by finances, the possible need for a tunnel and sparse population in that area at that time.  Going  through Northfield would have made that line a bit circuituous although it would have also served a number of industrial areas notably the Abattoirs, Pooraka, Dry Creek ( where there was a Burfords Soap Factory if I remember it correctly) Tube Mills and Islington.

My family lived at St Agnes in the early 70's and it was possible to get to the city within 25-30 minutes and I doubt the train could have competed in that time frame but maybe it would now

AFAIK there has never been a serious proposal to cover the immediate East of the City (Rostrevor, Campbelltown, Hectorville, Tusmore, Paradise etc) as that may have been even more circuitous and those areas would have been well covered by trams and buses. I lived at Hectorville in the 60's up to 72 and used geography maps in school to work out where it could go!

Hope this helps

Trevor
  kipioneer Chief Commissioner

Location: Aberfoyle Park
I believe the SAR Commissioner owned land in Hillcrest and Gilles Plains presumably for a railway.    This was disposed of many decades ago, certainly before large scale development.

This Google Map has a green belt running through those suburbs between Fosters Road and Grand Junction Road that may be the remains of it.
  patsstuffnow Junior Train Controller

I just sold my copy of Railways through the Adelaide hills by Roger Sallis.
It details many planned routes.

There were quite a few proposals for lines.
Through the Gorge with a narrow gauge line .

Basically a continuation of the Tonsley line connecting with the south line near Blackwood.
A line through Meadows and Goolwa .
A route through Willunga to Victor Harbour.
There were several proposals for the South Line, but the route chosen served the maximum number of MP's

With most of the Eastern suburbs it was more viable for trams because of shorter distances.

The Stockade line was considered for several proposals as suggested in part by XDFord.

Not quite eastern suburbs but the Truro line was part of a proposal to Melbourne, and the Riverland.

Going way back water was a big consideration with storm floods being a big problem. So several were not practical.











The Australian steel industry did not kick in properly until circa 1914 so before that, most structural steel had to come from OS.

In the western suburbs there are several reserves that were initially reserved for rail lines.
The reserve for west lakes boulevard shows in a 1950's map as reserved for the railways and harbours department.
Several reserves around Athol Park and Mansfield park were designed as rail paths.

There was a plan for a line to connect Glenelg to Henley Beach and Port Adelaide.
Semaphore and Largs bay were initially spurs off the Outer Harbor line. ( Mostly for unloading mail from overseas sailing ships.)
The former tramway through Woodville North, Finsbury to Gillman could have been a good link to the Dock one development, serving industry and residential developments.

A book titled ( I think)  Coastal railways of Adelaide had several other proposals listed.

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