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Standard Gauge Monument
Standard Gauge Monument

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The Standard Gauge Monument commemorates the 25th anniversary of the standarization of the Port Pirie to Broken Hill Railway.

Terowie's initially served as a transport hub for the late 19th-century pastoral settlement of the north-east of the State. The broad gauge line from the south (via Burra) ended at Terowie. Soon a narrow gauge line continued 20 km north to Peterborough, where lines from Perth, Western Australia, Alice Springs, Broken Hill and later Sydney met. Thus Terowie functioned for decades as the transshipment point at the railway break-of-gauge.

The broad gauge line was extended from Terowie to Peterborough in the 1970s, and Terowie went from a thriving township into something of a perfectly preserved ghost-town. The railway line was closed and removed in the early 1990s.

Location

Address:Railway Station , Terowie, 5421
State:SA
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.150445
Long: 138.921371
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Sub-Theme:Industry

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 9th October, 1988
Front Inscription
This plaque erected to commemorate 25 years since the commencement of standardization of the Port Pirie - Broken Hill section of the East-West railway on 7th October 1963 was unveiled by Mr. L. H. A. McLean project engineer on 9th October 1988
Source: MA
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