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09-December-2015
09-December-2015

Photographs supplied by Peter F Williams
The plaque marks the completion of the Loftus to Waterfall Railway Electrification in 1980. 
 

When the new Eastern Suburbs Line was finally completed in 1979 and connected to the Illawarra Line, the NSW government made the decision to fully electrify the line down to Wollongong. The Illawarra Line itself was fully electrified through to Sutherland, at which point it split in two directions, one towards Cronulla (fully electrified) where it terminated and the other towards Wollongong. The latter diverged, at Loftus, with one line continuing through to Wollongong and the other veering East towards the Royal National Park. Only the line to the Royal National Park was electrified (more on this below).

Electrification of the line occurred in two stages. The first, between Loftus and Waterfall (currently marking the edge of the Cityrail suburban network), was completed in 1980. The second, between Waterfall and Wollongong, would be completed in 1985.

Location

Address:Princes Highway, Waterfall Railway Station, Waterfall, 2223
State:NSW
Area:AUS
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -34.13422
Long: 150.994462
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Details

Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Government
Sub-Theme:State

Dedication

Actual Monument Dedication Date:Sunday 28th September, 1980
Front Inscription

STATE RAIL AUTHORITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES
          This Plaque Was Unveiled By 
           The Minister For Transport 
         THE HON PETER COX, MP
          On 28 September 1980

  To Mark The Completion Of The Electrification 
  Of The Line Between Loftus And Waterfall 

R Jackson MP                     A Carmichael
Member For Heathcote       Chairman, SRA

 

Source: MA
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