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NEW SOUTH WALES: Zigzag railway across the Blue Mountains. Australia, 1874

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CAPTION BELOW PICTURE: 'Zigzag railway across the Blue Mountains, New South Wales'

The Zig Zag Railway is a heritage railway at Lithgow in New South Wales, Australia on the site of the famous Great or Lithgow Zig Zag which operated between 1869 and 1910. Built in the 1860s, the line was constructed to transport people and produce from the western plains of NSW to Sydney. It was replaced in 1910 by a 10 tunnel deviation. As built, the line formed part of the Main West line from Sydney across the Blue Mountains and served to lower the line from its summit into the Lithgow valley on the western flank of the mountains.

In 1975 it was decided to restore the Lithgow Zig Zag as a heritage railway, albeit on a different gauge (3 ft 6 in (1,067 mm) instead of the original 4 ft 8½ in (1,435 mm)). Rolling stock for the museum thus comes from states other than New South Wales Queensland and South Australia in particular. This was due to the difficult nature of obtaining standard gauge rollingstock from the NSW Government of the time.

As of 2005 the railway is operated as the Zig Zag Steam and Diesel Tourist Railway.

The line has gradually been extended:

Bottom Points (depot) to Top Points.

Top Points to the first Clarence railway station.

Clarence to Newnes Junction (under construction in 2008).

In 1944 the tunnel was used to store chemical weapons.

The railway currently has 4 operational steam locomotives, BB18 1/4 1072 "City of Lithgow", C17 934, DD17 1049 and the most recently restored, AC16 218A.

In 2003, the railway was used in the production of the Hollywood film Stealth. The area was supposed to stand in for mountainous regions in North Korea and locomotives were specially painted with Korean Hangul characters.

(Source Wikipedia,

Notes on the historical context / background to the print can be viewed at: Zig Zag Railway

DATE PRINTED: 1874    

IMAGE SIZE: Approx 16.0 x 23.0cm, 6.25 x 9 inches (Medium)

TYPE: Antique wood engraved print

CONDITION: Good; suitable for framing. However, please note: The image shown may have been scanned from a different example of this print than that which is offered for sale: The print you will receive is in Good condition but there may be minor variations in the condition compared to that shown in the image. Please check the scan for any blemishes prior to making your purchase. Virtually all antiquarian maps and prints are subject to some normal aging due to use and time which is not obtrusive unless otherwise stated. We offer a no questions asked return policy.

AUTHENTICITY: This is an authentic historic print, published at the date stated above. It is not a modern copy.

VERSO: There are images and/or text printed on the reverse side of the picture. In some cases this may be visible on the picture itself (please check the scan prior to your purchase) or around the margin of the picture.


PROVENANCE: Illustrated London News

NEW SOUTH WALES: Zigzag railway across the Blue Mountains. Australia, 1874
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