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Progress of railway extension to Uralla

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Saturday 10 September 1881, The Maitland Mercury & Hunter River General Advertiser

(From the Uralla and Walcha Times, September 7.)

The environs of Uralla are again being studded with tents, numbers of the Messrs. Amos’s men having arrived in town during the past week, and taken up their quarters in the vicinity of the railway station site, preparatory to commencing work at this end of the Tamworth-Uralla extension. All the heavy portion of the work on this extension has been pretty well completed, so that we may soon expect to have the main body of the contractors’ men working in the vicinity of Uralla, where the excavations generally are of a light character. Great progress is being made with the extension from Uralla to Glen Innes, nearly the whole of the cuttings from Uralla to Armidale being already completed, and workmen are now actively engaged in erecting the large wooden bridge across the gully at the commencement of Mr. Proudfoot’s contract.

Several of the large piles have been driven, and the road that has been used for many years has been fenced off, and a new one trending to the left of the other is now made use of by teamsters and others. This change has been rendered necessary in order to facilitate pile-driving operations. The managers of Mr. Proudfoot’s contract are apparently using every effort to push on the extension with as much despatch as possible, and that they have made great progress during the short period that has elapsed since the commencement of operations at the Uralla end is generally admitted. So much progress has been made at this end that in the course of a couple of months there will be nothing left for the navvy to do, and he will by that time have taken his departure for another section of the extension. The officers have made themselves popular both in Uralla and Armidale, and we are sure that at their departure from either place they will carry with them the good wishes of many of the inhabitants. The contractors for the erection of the Uralla station buildings (Seabrook and Brown) have already a large quantity of timber and bricks on the ground ; and from the energetic character that these gentlemen have earned in Armidale, we have no doubt that they will lose no time in carrying out their extensive contract.

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May 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm

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