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c. 1966 - 1969

Black and white photograph of a railway cutting situated approximately five kilometres from Toodyay on the Northam Road.
A diesel locomotive with rolling stock are seen central to the photo.
There are two tracks and parts of the cutting are constructed of stone.
Hills to each side have been constructed of tiers.

Historical information

In 1963-1964 the Windmill Hill Cutting in the Shire of Toodyay was excavated.
At the time it was reported to be the deepest railway cutting in the southern hemisphere and today remains one of the deepest in Australia.
The geological nature of the site required special treatment to consolidate the slopes.
The track became operational in February 1966.



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22 cm
Height or length
16.6000 cm
Contextual Information

Windmill Hill Cutting is located approx 6km on the Northam-Toodyay Road.
Turn right at the sign on the Northam-Toodyay Rd then right at the T junction. Approx 100 metres along there is a gravel pull off bay on your left and a pathway to follow up to the lookout point. Due to the uneven nature of the pathways and the age of the lookout fencing, care should be exercised when visiting this site.
Depth: (max) 34 metres. Length: 510 metres. Width: 20-75 metres. Height above sea level: 151 metres.

c. 1966 - 1969
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Shire of Toodyay

Shire of Toodyay

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