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The plaque commemorates the professional engineers and allied trades in designing and constructing the Eastern Suburbs Railway project. The plaque was unveiled in 1994, the 75th anniversary of the Institution of Engineers, Australia. 

An Eastern Suburbs Railway was one of those originally proposed by John Bradfield that was cut short by the Great Depression and World War 2. An initial alignment had been set in 1926, which saw the line go North from underneath Railway Square next to Central Station up to Town Hall, before heading Northeast towards stations at Pitt Street and O’Connell Street, then going South to St James Station until it would head East roughly along Oxford Street towards Bondi Junction.

Plans to build the line surfaced again after World War 2 in 1947, this time on the Kings Cross alignment that it would eventually follow. Future plans for an extension to North Bondi and Rose Bay were also on the table this time. After another brief period of construction, the project was abandoned again in 1952.

A third attempt to build the Eastern Suburbs Line commenced in 1967 and the line was finally opened on 23 June 1979 by then New South Wales premier Neville Wran around 50 years after it was first planned and 31 years after construction began - construction had taken place at a rate of approximately 250 metres per year on average. 


Address:Martin Place , Ticket barriers, Martin Place Station, Sydney, 2000
GPS Coordinates:Lat: -33.867832
Long: 151.211525
Note: GPS Coordinates are approximate.
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Monument Type:Plaque
Monument Theme:Technology


Approx. Monument Dedication Date:1994
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The Institution  of Engineers, Australia    


Eastern Suburbs Railway

From Erskenville to Bondi Junction this double track electric railway is 10.5 km long and was completed in 1979.

The engineering work includes 1.5 km of box tunnels built by Cut and Cover Method.  7.0 km of tunnels bored through rock, two prestressed concrete viaducts and six station buildings. 

High frequency track circuits were used for signalling control and a modern system of double contct wires was used for current collection.  

This plaque commemoartes the achievement of professional engineers and allied trades in designing and constructing one of the largest and most complex engineering projects in New South Wales.

Unveiled by the Honourable Bruce Baird, MP, Minister for Transport, on the occassion of the 75th anniversary of the Institution of Engineers, Australia.


Source: MA
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