Proposal for a railway line from Windsor to Sackville first mooted in 1890, to facilitate the efficient movement of farm produce from the river front farms to the Sydney markets by rail from Windsor Station.
WINDSOR TO SACKVILLE RAILWAY WINDSOR, Friday. The Minister for Works has promised to Visit the Hawkesbury River by motor launch on March 7 to investigate the claims of rail communication between Windsor and the Deep Waters of the river at Sackville; a distance of about 10 miles. The farmers and orchardists on the river at present suffer great disabilities sending their produce round to Sydney by boat. Moreover,with a railway and a fast steamer or motor service, a vast tourist traffic, it is anticipated would be opened up.
TRAMWAY FROM WINDSOR TO SACKVILLE. WINDSOR, Tuesday.
An officer from the Public Works Department yesterday commenced a survey in response to an agitation for tramway communication between the railway at Windsor and the deep water of the Hawkesbury River at Sackville, a distance of 10 miles. The officer,who was driven over the route by the Mayor and the member for the Hawkesbury, said that he did not anticipate any engineering difficulties. If this communication can be obtained it will be a boon to the producers on the upper reaches of the river. At present they have to send their produce round by boat or cart to Windsor and thousands of cases of fruit reach the markets late or in bad condition.
TRAMWAY FROM SACKVILLE REACH TO WINDSOR. [BY TELEGRAPH.] (FROM OUR CORRESPONDENT.)
On Saturday evening a well-attended meeting was held at Wilberforce, for the purpose of debating the question of the construction of a tramway from Sackville Reach to Windsor. Among those present were Mr. S. Burdekin and Dr. Fiaschi. Mr. Percival moved, and Mr. John Bennett seconded, - “That this meeting, after considering the action of the Government in resuming the Wilberforce Common is of opinion that some substantial reproductive work should be constructed with the proceeds of the sale of the said common, and also is of opinion that the construction of a line of railway from Windsor station, via Wilberforce, to the deep and navigable waters of the Hawkesbury at Sackville Reach should be a national undertaking, and would tend to advance not only this district but the colony at large, by providing quick and easy transit for the large products of tho district, and also increase the tourist traffic by giving increased facilities to those who wish to view the great beauties of the Hawkesbury and its tributaries.” The motion was supported by Mr. S. Burdekin and Dr. Fiaschi, and carried. Mr. John Bennett moved, “That a deputation consisting of Mr. S. Burdekin, Dr. Fiaschi, and Messrs. J. F. Cobcroft, T. J. Dunston, J.P., Thomas Maloney, Lewis H. Simpson, and George Davies, with power to add to their number, be appointed to lay the subject matter of the foregoing resolution before the Hon. the Minister for Public Works.” The motion was seconded by Mr. Simpson, and carried. A progress committee was then appointed. The tramway had been reported upon by Mr. Angus and others.
The work of clearing the river channel will shortly be proceeded with, and will serve the object for which the tramway is advocated. The official estimate of the cost of the tramway Â£20,000, and it must necessarily run through some flood country.
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