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Dwellingup to Boddington Section

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All Mileage /Kilometre locations are by rail from Pinjarra

Station Mileage Kms

Altitude (Feet)

Altitude (Metres)

Holyoake

70m 70c

27

691

211

Millars Flyover Bridge (1914)

72m 1c

29

 

 

Etmilyn

74m 2c

32

 

 

Plavinís Siding

75m 5c

34

731

223

Inglehope

76m 73c

37

852

260

Amphion

79m 13c

40

824

251

Chadoora

79m 76c

42

870

265

Pindalup

83m 39c

47

1053

321

Wuraming

85m 3c

50

1063

324

Banksiadale mill line H-Crossing

85m 19c

50

 

 

Hotham

88m 25c

55

808

246

Westwood

90m 70c

59

 

 

Tullis

92m 35c

62

670

204

Hotham River bridge

92m 50c

62

 

 

Federal Trading & Eng. Co. Siding

93m 29c

63

 

 

Farmerís Crossing

94m 60c

66

679

207

Boddington

98m 0c

71

700

213

This table Compiled by Jeff Austin, January 2005

The next station stop or siding heading east from Dwellingup is :

Holyoake:
When the government opened the line to Dwellingup, the Southwest Timbers Hewer Cooperative Society took up a concession at Holyoake and had the railway line extended the 3 kilometres to the mill, which was opened on 1st July 1910.

Fettlers near Holyoak

The Town was named after George Jacob Holyoake a 19th century champion of the cooperative cause in England. The Government (State Saw Mills)brought the cooperative in January 1920. The mill eventually closed in December 1958.

 The Dwellingup bushfires of 1961 did considerable damage to the townsite and it was never rebuilt.

Town of Holyoake in 1928. Photo from the Alan Moon Collection.

Holyoak Mill and townsite 1920's

Etmilyn:
Was a watering stop for locomotives travelling to and from Narrogin.

Currently Etmilyn is the end of the Railway. Negotiations are being made to restore / rebuild the railway as far as Boddington.

Plavins:
In December 1918 Charles Plavin bought a mill from the Southwest Timber Hewers Cooperative Society at 75 mile and 5 chain on the Hotham Valley line.
He built a bush railway and mill at the siding. He then called his company the Australia Timber Company. He also held built another siding further down the track which he called Hotham.

Inglehope:
Was a siding built by the WAGR for the crossing of trains.
It consisted of a small wooden hut where 'safe working' equipment was housed.

Amphion:
Was a siding where gravel was loaded (when required), for Ballast for the track.
A mill was later built there by the Public Works Department (PWD), in 1913.

Chadora:
Another siding built by the WAGR for crossing of trains, and stowage of wagons.

Pindalup:
A small mill was built close by.

Wuraming :
In 1913 the Public Works Department (PWD) needed supplies of sleepers for the extensive program of Railway construction in progress throughout the southwest of WA.
At the same time they built a small mill at Amphion. A town site was surveyed and gazetted at the Wuraming Siding, but most of the community developed around the mill about 6 Kilometres south of this site. In November 1920 the mill was transferred to the State Saw Mills. (SSM). Two railway lines converged at this point. The WAGR line and the SSM line from Banksiadale to Hakea. The Hakea mill closed in 1950's, so the line was rehabilitated in 1949/1950 to take the bigger loads from the Asquith concession.

Hotham :
Charles Plavin (see Plavin siding) renamed his company, The Australian Lumber Company (ALCO) which was incorporated on the 8th July 1920 and began operations about November 1920 at Hotham.
At first horses were used until November 1922 on 9 Kilometres of track until a locomotive was brought from WAGR on the 11th November 1922. ALCO went into liquidation in March 1927. The mill was closed and all stock sold bar one old steam locomotive, which was found in 1993. (When found it was in very bad state of disrepair). The Hotham Mill was a very isolated site until 1980 when gold mines were developed nearby.

Tullis:
The Tullis Mill was built by Bunnings in 1936 to cut Jarrah timber.
It was built on private property belonging to F A & E Moos and Col Sinclair. A 1.6 Kilometre railway connected the mill to the WAGR at 91 Mile Siding (later named Westwood) which was actually 2.4 kilometres west of Tullis Siding.

Tullis Bridge - the most significant structure on the Hotham Branch

No bush lines were installed and the railway was only used for transporting sawn timber. The railway and mill closed in 1951. Two steam locomotives were used on this line. One locomotive, the Leonora was sold for scrap at Tullis in 1956.

Farmers Crossing:
Farmers Crossing was used as a wayside stop only (Put down and pick up goods). No public roads have ever led to it, and it is believed to have been put in place as an act of compensation to the Farmer family, part of whose property was resumed for the railway when it came through.
The siding closed in 1958.

Photo of Farmers Crossing taken 1934. Pictured are members of the Farmer family waiting for the train. Left to right. Gert Henrickson, Martha Farmer, Pearl Milbourne, Eda Farmer, Gladys Farmer.

 

Boddington :
Boddington is named after Henry Boddington, a farmer who shepherded sheep in the area in the 1860's and 1870's, and also leased land here in 1875. A pool in the Hotham River was known as Boddington Pool, and when the site for a railway stopping place and a townsite was chosen adjacent to the pool, Boddington was selected as the name. The rise of the timber industry saw the construction of the railway line from Dwellingup to Boddington that eventually linked with Narrogin to the east.  The townsite was gazetted in 1912.

Negotiations are currently being made to restore / rebuild the railway from Etmilyn Siding, as far as Boddington.

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