Railways and productivity have always been deeply intertwined,
particularly in the early days of NSW. Getting logs to the mill
and then to the city via the railway meant the state’s demand
for timber could be met faster. Of course, the railway lines had
to be built from the forests, and across great swathes of land.
The early engineers and railway workers shared much in common
with the early foresters, with both relying on heavy manual
labour to get their day’s work done.
Constructing the rail line was a manual and backbreaking
task requiring many men and sleepers.
LEFT: One of the earliest images of the tramways in the forests,
this picture from near Laurieton shows a line which opened
with horse drawn traction in 1913 and was replaced with steam
engines in 1916.
RIGHT: This picture shows the British Australian Timber
company’s tramline under construction at Bruxner Park near