In 1916 John Bradfield began building for Sydney one of the first underground railways in the world, and certainly the first in Australia. Although the technology of the railway itself was cutting edge for its time, the methods of tunnelling and construction were still ancient – the muscles of men and horses. A chance discovery by Sydney Trains staff in 2017 of a long-lost photo album at NSW State Archives produced a set of 1500 excellent images.
Bill Phippen, civil engineer, long term admirer of the City Railway and at that time manager of the Australian Railway Historical Society archives will describe the history of Sydney’s underground railway.
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