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For this flashback Friday we look back to March 1856. On the 27th of March 163 years ago the Father of the NSW railways, John Whitton was appointed the role of engineer-in-chief to lay out and superintend the construction of the railways here in NSW. He and his wife Elizabeth arrived in Sydney on the 14th of December 1856.

At that time the NSW railways comprised just
37kms of track, 4 locomotives, 12 passenger cars and 40 wagons.

During his career he supervised the laying of 3494km of track and several well known projects that will be covered in future Friday Flashbacks.
Matthew  Wilson