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The plaque commemorates the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Cardiff Railway Workshops on the 1st March 1928.

In November 1925, 172 acres (69.6ha) of land was purchased from the Newcastle Wallsend Coal Company and design of the new workshops began. The design was completed in time for work to start in the middle of 1926. The first sidings were connected to the main line in April, a platform for workers was in place by June and all sidings were completed by September of that year. Construction of the foundations for the buildings was well advanced by this time and erection of the steelwork started early the following year. By the end of 1927 the building work was virtually complete. 

By early 1928, the first locomotives entered the facility and were under repair. The first locomotive to leave the workshops was 3364. The Annual Report of the New South Wales Government Railways to 30 June 1928, shows that by that date Cardiff Workshops had already overhauled 14 locomotives and repaired 15 boilers. The official opening took place on 1 March 1928. By this time the facilities were fully functional. A platform to serve the works was opened as Sulphide Junction.

As built, the Cardiff Workshops were a show-piece and were visited by engineers to see the form of construction and layout used. 

 Note : The workshop site is now occupied by Downer Rail. 


Address:Glendale Road, Downer EDI, Glendale, 2285
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -32.935156
Long: 151.649155
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Monument
Monument Theme:Technology
Actual Event Start Date:01-March-1928
Actual Event End Date:01-March-1978


Actual Monument Dedication Date:Wednesday 1st March, 1978
Source: H, HNSW, MA
Monument details supplied by Monument Australia - www.monumentaustralia.org.au