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Clackline To Toodyay Railway Line


Shire of Toodyay

Place Number

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Toodyay - Clackline

Location Details


Local Government



Avon Arc

Construction Date

Constructed from 1887

Demolition Year


Statutory Heritage Listings

Type Status Date Documents More information
(no listings)

Other Heritage Listings and Surveys

Type Status Date Grading/Management More information
Category Description
Municipal Inventory Adopted 27 Aug 1998 Category 3

Category 3

Recognition of cultural heritage value; Provide recognition and protection through the processes of the Town Planning Scheme. Recommend that the place is retained and conserved if possible. Photographically record the place to any major redevelopment or demolition.

Classified by the National Trust Classified 10 Apr 2000

Heritage Council
RHP - Assessed-Progress Deferred Current 26 Mar 1999

Heritage Council

Statement of Significance

The place has historic value as it demonstrates the government policy of the late 19th century which encouraged settlement in rural areas by facilitating the transport of goods.
This major infrastructure project in the Avon Valley is one aspect of this policy.
The place is a comparatively intact surviving example of a narrow gauge spur railway formation through difficult terrain, and is uncommon because of notable surviving original structures, such as Ringa Rail Bridge and the original culverts.
The place is associated with Millar Brothers who were significant contributors to the construction industry in Western Australia.
The place has aesthetic value as it traverses difficult and scenic terrain and uses structures and formations to address and maintain topographical features.

Physical Description

In sections, the Clackline railway formation is relatively intact and clearly discernible whilst other sections of the route have been lost where roads have been built over the track and through change of land use. The rails have been removed but some sleepers upon which the rails were attached can still be found in places, either in situ or close by the original track route. Within the Shire, earth embankments, culverts, cuttings and sidings are still evident at various places along the rail line.


During the 1870's the need for a railway line through the Avon Valley and into the agricultural areas was becoming more apparent. In 1884, the railway line from Guildford to Chidlow opened and as a result of much lobbying, the line was extended to Spencers Brook, with branches to York in 1885 and Northam in 1886. A spur line from Clackline to Toodyay was favoured over a branch line being a shorter route. Construction of the line between Clackline and Toodyay began in 1886. The route was through hilly terrain and it was necessary to construct many cuttings and embankments to facilitate the grades of railway line. The line opened on 3 January 1888 after a trail run the previous December with Governor Broome aboard. In 1908 the line continued northwards from Toodyay to Bolgart. In 1966 the railway line was decommissioned.


Integrity: Low
Authenticity: Low



State Heritage Office library entries

Library Id Title Medium Year Of Publication
6876 Toodyay-Clackline heritage trail : management plan. Report 1998

Place Type

Other Built Type


Epoch General Specific
Original Use Transport\Communications Rail: Other
Present Use VACANT\UNUSED Vacant\Unused

Historic Themes

General Specific
TRANSPORT & COMMUNICATIONS Rail & light rail transport

Creation Date

20 Mar 1998

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Last Update

01 Jan 2017


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