photos and stories from the Powerhouse Museum
Following on from the ‘Trainspotting’ photography competition, it would be good to take a trip down memory lane and revisit the beginnings of one of our beautiful railways. Located in the world heritage listed Blue Mountains, Leura was originally sparsely populated and relatively unknown. However between 1868 and 1885 a railway siding was built to transport coal from the Gladstone mines. Although Sydney has had access to a proper railway in neighbouring Katoomba since 1874; Leura railway station as we know it wasn’t constructed until between 1890 and 1891. Originally, the station was unmanned and passengers had to signal the driver if they wished to stop. However, despite this, land was bought up and the population expanded. Although coal trains still rumble past Leura station this expansion and Leura’s natural beauty have led it to become a popular tourist destination.
Post by Emma Bjorndahl, Volunteer
Photography by Kerry & Co, Tyrrell Collection
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