“Zig Zag Away” is a story not to be missed by local history buffs, railway historians and anyone interested in unearthing a tale buried under suburban streets.
The Thornleigh Zig Zag Railway ran for less than 10 years in the late 1800s in Sydney’s north, but has an elusive and fascinating story.
The third and final Zig Zag in NSW, it helped build the Great Northern Railway from Sydney to Newcastle, and along with the Thornleigh Quarry played a vital role in connecting towns and people for the first time.
“A hidden gem of a Sydney railway story. This booklet is packed with information that uncovers the ‘other’ Zig Zag railway and magically retraces the path of this engineering marvel.” – Howard Collins OBE.
Discover the stories and adventures of the Zig Zag in this 24-page full-colour booklet by Thornleigh resident and writer Tim Sowden, a member of the Australian Railway Historical Society, including a self-guided tour, exclusive research, maps and rare photos.