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. THE RAILWAY TO BOURKE.

The extension of the Great Western Railway to bo Opened on the 3rd proximo commences at Byrock, the pra B_nt terminus, 455 milos 42 chains from Sydney, and ends lit Bourke, 503 milos 40 chains, being a total distonoe of 47 miles 78 chains. This length is tho second portion of con- tract No. 3 (Nyngan to Bourke) of the extension Dubbo to Bourke. Tho hoight of rail-lovol at Byrock is 497 feet above high water, spring tides at Sydney, and at Bourke it ia 348 feat, giving a fall of 119 feet toxvards tho hitter placo. Tho earthworks upon this section are exceedingly light, consisting almost entirely of shallow banks, there boing only 440,000 cublo yards, or about 9200 cubio yard» per milo of excavation taken to enibankiuonts, of xx-hich 420,000 have boen obtained from side cuttings, and tho remainder from sox'en cuttings, xx-hich do not average more than 4 feet in depth. Tho xvholo of tho line is straight, with tho exception of txx-o curves of 40 and 480 chains radii respectively, und of a total length of 71 chains. The gradients number 43, andvary from 1 in 96 to 1 in 2610, a length of S3 milos na chains boing lovel, or nearly so. Thero aro no stations or platforms between Byrock and Bourke Tho xvholo of tho land passed through belongs to tho Croxx-n. In order to effectively drain tho large area of flat country through xvhich tho railway pnssos, numerous 5 and 10 foot timber flood-open- ings have been providod In addition to a very largo number of 3-fcct box drains. Sox-eral timber viaduct«, consisting principally of 20 and 40 10-foct oponinsrs, havo been con- structed specially at the Bourke end of tiio lino to carry off flood-waters. At Bourke, the terminus of tills great trunk lino, a spacious station-ground 60 acres in extent has been provided, and fully 21 miles of sidings hnx-e been laid down

in order to facilitate the conduct of a x-nst traffic xx-hich xvill I evontually be concentrated at this particular centre of a largo pastoral district. About two miles on the Sydney sido of the station, sheep mid cattle races, xx-ith the requisite sidings, linx-e boon eroctcd in a largo reservo sot apart for tho trucking of stock. Upon ontcriug Bourke statiou-yard, at 602 miles 45 chains, thero Is a level crossing. ' Tho engine-shed, 157 foot bv 53 feet, is a timber and golvanised iron structure, with shingle roof, built on pilo foundations, and covors thrco lines of rail. Inside this building benches for workmen have been fitted np, and thoro aro nits for the cleaning and repairing of locomotives. In nddition to theso pits two others have been placed outside, nenr tho cngino tank, rnch 40 feet long. At the back of the shed there is a «toro for tools, &c, 28 feet x IS feet. The cngino tank, 28 foot square, supported on tiinbnr framing, on brick founda-

tions, is supplied with xxiiter pumped up from tho river I Darling at a distance of half-a-mile. The sit« of tho puinping-cngine-house is on a portion of a xx-hnrf reserve which nu been resumed for this purpose nt Woi tumurtie or Eighteen-mile Point. The lequisito hvdntnts have been fitted up, and the supply piping laid doxx-n in Richard- i

.troet.

Tho goods warehonse, nlso a timber and galvanised

Iron structure built on piles, is 132 feet long by 28 foot j wide, xx-ith txvo covered platforms each six feet xvtdo run- I ntug the xx-hole length of the building back and front. There is an office outside 13 feet x 12 feet, xvith txvo un- covered jilatfoims, one at each end of tho building each 12 feetx lo foot, the total length of platfoim accommodation measuring 370 teet. Auiplo road accommodation has been Riven to tho goods xvaiehouso bv txxo approaches from Anson-shvot, opposite Glen and liichiird streets respect- ively. There aro also x-ery extensive sidings for loading and unloading purposes. A largo coal stage constructed ot timber 250 feet long by 15 fept xvide has been provided xvith double sidinfr accommodation, together xxith an engine turntable 50 feet in diameter. At Richard-street there is a level crossing and gatekeeper's cottage. This cottage is built of brick, and contains four rooniB, and is situated on tho Sydney sido of the crossing. On the other «ide, and close "to tho pasbengcr station, a comfortable

and commodious residence for the station-master has been built of brick xxith galvanised iron roof, containing seven looms, with hall, lobby, pantry, and verandah in front. Tho passenger stntiou,"a large and handsome building built of brick xxith cement facings, has veumdahs to both flatform and road fronts, and is 102 feet in length and 30

eet in width. Tho roof is of galvanised iron, with orna- mental iron ridgo capping. The wide covered vei-andolis, supported by fluted iron columns xvith ornamental spondrils, givo a pleasing and effective look to the structure. Ample road approaches have been mndo from Anson-Btrcot, opposite Richard and Sturt streets respectively. Tho rooms aro largo and loftv, and consist of a general waiting-room 21 foot by 20 feet xx-ith porch 9 feet by 8 feet to road approach; ladies' waiting and ante rooms, 16 feet by l8 feet and 16 feet by 7 feet respectively, parcels, offico, 16 x 26, and telegraph, ticket, station-master's and left luggago offices, all 12 feet x 16 feet. Porters' and Inmp rooms, ka., aro placed at either end, being separated from the main building by yards, in which aro erected sheds. The platform is 442 fcot in length, tho width being 20 feet in front of tho building, and 15 feet at the ends, xvhich are ramped. Thero aro two carriage docks constructed of timber, each 60 feet long. The water supply for all theso buildings is obtained from underground rainwater tanks. Messrs. Mann, Carey and Co. are the contractors for th« general works upon the extension, and Mr. James Douglas is the contractor for the station build- ings. _

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