LithgowA railway zig zag is a series of reversing ramps used to avoid very steep grades. John Whitton, Engineer in Chief NSW Government Railways 1856-90, chose this as the economical method for the descent from Clarence to Lithgow. Built during 1866-69 by contractor Patrick Higgins, it involved massive rock excavations, a tunnel and three stone arch viaducts. During its 41 years of operation it accelerated the development of western New South Wales and achieved world renown as a major engineering work.
|Placed By||Dedicated by The Institution of Engineers, Australia|
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|Date Added||Monday, October 13th, 2014 at 6:06am PDT -07:00|
|UTM (WGS84 Datum)||56H E 241767 N 6292335|
|Decimal Degrees||-33.47735000, 150.22103333|
|Degrees and Decimal Minutes||S 33° 28.641', E 150° 13.262'|
|Degrees, Minutes and Seconds||33° 28' 38.46" S, 150° 13' 15.72" E|
|Driving Directions||Google Maps|
|Closest Postal Address||At or near 7 Specimen St, Clarence New South Wales 2790, AU|
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