Re: Barlow Rail at Sunny Corner, NSW

John Shoebridge

Hi Ian
I can't really answer how widely Barlow rail was used.. I suspect, other than the original main line to Parramatta, very little. Nor can I suggest dates.

There is photo of New Lambton Colliery which appears to show some laid down as a temporary siding, otherwise I have never seen evidence of it used as rail track.

However over the year I have seen quite a deal used for structural at Sunny Corner.
Two more sites that come to mind are ... Great Cobar copper mine.. in furnace bases ....Fine Flower mercury mine.. supporting the flue roof (quite a lot in good condition )

In some railway yards, esp in Western NSW it was used to reinforce the brick bases of the hand cranes. In similar locations I have seen it as roofing of small road culverts.

----- Original Message -----
From: Iain Stuart
Sent: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 4:08 PM
Subject: [LRRSA] Barlow Rail at Sunny Corner, NSW

I have found what appear to be lots of Barlow rail at a mining site (c1884)
at Sunny Corner. None of it is "in situ" it mostly is used for structural
purposes in the tradition of using old rails for any purpose once they are
no longer used for rails.

This raises a few questions in my mind - was it likely that the Barlow rail
was used in the mines and then reused (personally it seems too big for mine

How widely was Barlow rail used in NSW?

When was Barlow rail replaced by bullhead or normal rails?

Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated.

Dr Iain Stuart


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