North Australian Railway Print Page
A plaque commemorates army and railway personnel who kept the North Australian Railway running during World War Two.
The North Australia Railway (NAR), also known as the Palmerston to Pine Creek railway, was a 3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) narrow gauge railway which ran from Darwin, once known as Palmerston, to Birdum, just south of Larrimah. During the Second World War Larrimah, nine kilometres north of Birdum, became the effective railhead as it was on the Stuart Highway, unlike Birdum. The busiest time for the railway was during the Second World War. As many as 247 trains ran per week in 1944.
|Address:||The Esplanade, Darwin Cenotaph, Bicentennial Park, Darwin, 0800|
|GPS Coordinates:||Lat: -12.466796|
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
|Actual Event STart Date:||03-September-1939|
|Actual Event End Date:||15-August-1945|
NORTH AUSTRALIAN RAILWAY
WORLD WAR II
IN HONOR OF RAILWAY & ARMY PERSONNEL WHO KEPT THE LINES OPEN AND TRAINS RUNNING, MANY OF THE RAILMEN WERE INJURED & KILLED BETWEEN DARWIN N.T., ADELAIDE RIVER, PINE CREEK, FERGUSSON RIVER, KATHERINE, MARANBOY, MATARANKA & BIRDUM.
REMEMBERED BY THE RAILWAY MEN & RAILWAY WORKERS FAMILIES