Tasmania's Heritage

Agency Details

Agency Number: NG211
Title: EMU BAY RAILWAY CO. LTD
Start Date: 01 Jan 1880
End Date: 01 Dec 2009
Description:

By 1886 the VDL Co. had completed the construction of the Emu Bay to Mt Bischoff railway. The stations at Waratah and Burnie were still to be completed. In June 1887 the VDL Co at an extraordinary meeting sanctioned the sale of the railway to a separate Company - the Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Co was registered in London. In 1897 the Emu Bay Railway Company was registered in Tasmania with offices in Melbourne and London. The prospectus for the EBR Co noted that contracts had already been arranged with the VDL Co and the EB&MBR Co for land and the railways. In 1925 the two railway companies merged to become the Emu Bay Railway Co. On 15 December 1976 the Emu Bay Railway Act was passed by state parliament thereby relieving the company of its responsibility as a 'common' passenger carrier.

In 1997 the now freight-only railway celebrated 100 years of hauling minerals (and general freight and passengers in earlier times) on the remote Tasmanian west coast. Formerly a subsidiary of Pasminco Ltd, the world's largest zinc producer, the Emu Bay Railway was sold on 21 May 1998 for A$7.8 million, including locomotives and rolling stock.

In 1997 the Howard Federal Government sold Tasrail to the US owned Australian Transport Network (ATN) for approximately $22 million. By 1998 ATN had replaced a number of locomotives with rebuilt second-hand units, and had also purchased the Emu Bay Railway company from Pasminco. The new owners then announced plans to invest A$9 million in the railway over a five-year period.

In 2009 ownership of the former Emu Bay line (now the freight-only Melba line) passed into public ownership for the first time when all the assets of Pacific National (Asciano) passed to the Tasmanian Government.

Information Sources:

Legislation Administered:

Van Diemen's Land Company's Waratah and Zeehan Railway Act 1895 (59 Vict. Private)

Van Diemen's Land Company's Waratah and Zeehan Railway Act 1896 (60 Vict. Private)

Burnie to Waratah Railway Act 1939 (No. 54 of 1939)

Van Diemen's Land Company's Waratah and Zeehan Railway Act 1948 (No. 7 of 1948)

Emu Bay Railway Act 1965 (No. 17 of 1965)

Emu Bay Railway Act 1976 (No. 91 of 1976)

Legislation Creating:

Legislation Abolishing Agency:

Emu Bay Railway (Operation and Acquisition) Act 2009

Functions Performed:
30 TASMANIAN BUSINESSES
21 TRANSPORT [1]
Controlling Agencies:
NG2818 AUSTRALIAN TRANSPORT NETWORK/PACIFIC NATIONAL 15 Nov 1997 01 Dec 2009
Subsequent Agencies:
TA1819 TASMANIAN RAILWAY PTY LTD (TRADING AS TASRAIL) 01 Dec 2009
Related Agencies:
NG13 VAN DIEMEN'S LAND COMPANY 01 May 1824
Series Created By Agency:
EBR17  SHARES IN THE COMPANY APPLIED FOR AND ALLOTTED TO VARIOUS EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY INDIVIDUALS
EBR13  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY REPORTS TO THE MANAGER REGARDING THE STATE OF THE RAILWAYS AND RELATED DOCUMENTS. 01 Jan 1875 31 Dec 1898
EBR25  BOOK OF GOODS WHICH HAVE ARRIVED AT A STATION 01 Jan 1875 31 Dec 1892
EBR43  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY CASH BOOK OF RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS 01 Sep 1875 30 Apr 1878
EBR30  ABSTRACT OF PAYS FOR THE TRAMWAY 23 Sep 1875 28 Aug 1880
EBR44  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY CASH BOOK OF PAYMENTS AND RECEIPTS UNDER VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS' NAMES 01 Aug 1876 31 Jan 1878
EBR9  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY TELEGRAMS, CORRESPONDENCE, RETURN OF TICKETS ETC. TO THE MANAGER FROM THE STATIONMASTERS AT WARATAH AND BURNIE 01 Jan 1877 31 Dec 1897
EBR26  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY BOOKS OF GOODS DELIVERED. 01 Apr 1878 30 Nov 1897
EBR22  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY RETURNS OF TICKETS SOLD AT VARIOUS STATIONS. 01 Jul 1878 31 May 1890
EBR31  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY BOOKS OF WAGES PAID 01 May 1881 30 Apr 1897
EBR1  PAPERS CONCERNING THE FOUNDATION OF THE COMPANY AND ASSOCIATED PAPERS 01 Jan 1883 31 Dec 1912
EBR28  PRESS COPIES OF INVOICES FOR GOODS SENT FROM THE EMU BAY STATION 01 Apr 1883 31 Jul 1884
EBR41  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY DAILY JOURNAL OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE. 01 Dec 1883 31 Jan 1890
EBR14  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY REPORTS BY A G MAWSON ON VARIOUS ASPECTS 01 Jan 1884 31 Dec 1887
EBR45  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY BOOK OF VARIOUS RECEIPTS 01 Jan 1886 31 Dec 1889
EBR27  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY PRESS COPIES OF INVOICES FROM THE WARATAH STATION FOR GOODS TRANSPORTED. 01 Mar 1886 31 Aug 1894
EBR38  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY JOURNAL OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE UNDER VARIOUS ACCOUNTS OF THE COMPANY 01 Mar 1886 30 Apr 1887
EBR10  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY PRESS COPIES OF LETTERS FROM THE STATION MASTER AT WARATAH AND RETURNS OF GOODS TRANSPORTED 01 Jul 1886 30 Apr 1887
EBR21  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY INVENTORY OF EQUIPMENT AT A STATION (CIRCULAR HEAD) 01 Oct 1886 30 Oct 1886
EBR6  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY PRESS COPIES OF LETTERS FROM THE MANAGER TO LOCAL CORRESPONDENTS. 01 Jul 1887 28 Feb 1903
EBR37  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY CLASSIFIED JOURNAL OF DEBITS AND CREDITS WITH MONTHLY BALANCES. 01 Jul 1887 28 Feb 1925
EBR42  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY PRESS COPIES OF JOURNALS OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE. 01 Jul 1887 31 Dec 1897
EBR3  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY CORRESPONDENCE FROM THE SECRETARY TO THE MANAGER. 01 Sep 1887 31 Dec 1917
EBR4  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY PRESS COPIES OF DESPATCHES TO THE COURT OF DIRECTORS FROM THE MANAGER. 01 Nov 1887 31 Jul 1925
EBR23  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY RETURN OF FREIGHT CARRIED 01 Mar 1888 31 Dec 1897
EBR46  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY JOURNAL OF INCOME UNDER VARIOUS ACCOUNTS 01 Jul 1888 31 Dec 1889
EBR32  ACCOUNT OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE 01 Jan 1889 31 Dec 1897
EBR15  SUPPLEMENTED TRUST DEED MODIFYING THE TERMS OF A TRUST DEED FOR SECURING DEBENTURES 01 Jul 1889 31 Jul 1889
EBR39  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY JOURNAL OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE UNDER VARIOUS ACCOUNTS. 01 Jul 1889 31 Dec 1897
EBR33  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY LEDGER OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE UNDER VARIOUS ACCOUNTS. 01 Sep 1889 31 Dec 1911
EBR48  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY DAILY JOURNAL OF EXPENDITURE BY MONEY PAID TO VARIOUS INDIVIDUALS (BALANCED BY CASH BANKED). 01 Sep 1889 31 Dec 1892
EBR19  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY PRESS COPIES OF RETURNS OF GOODS TRANSPORTED FROM WARATAH TO BURNIE AND MONIES COLLECTED 01 Oct 1889 31 Dec 1892
EBR35  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY DETAILED MONTHLY LEDGER OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE UNDER VARIOUS HEADINGS 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1897
EBR40  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY JOURNAL OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE UNDER VARIOUS ACCOUNTS. JAN 1890-DEC 1897 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1897
EBR49  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY PRESS COPIES OF EXPENDITURE UNDER VARIOUS ACCOUNTS 01 Jan 1890 31 Dec 1893
EBR7  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY CO - PRESS COPIES OF MISCELLANEOUS LETTERS FROM AND TO THE MANAGER 01 Jun 1890 28 Feb 1893
EBR34  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY LEDGER OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE. 01 Aug 1890 30 Sep 1897
EBR20  EMU BAY AND MT. BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY PRESS COPIES OF RETURNS FROM THE WARATAH STATION OF MONIES COLLECTED. APR 1891-DEC 1892 01 Apr 1891 31 Dec 1892
EBR12  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY YEARLY ABSTRACTS OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE UNDER VARIOUS HEADINGS, AND BALANCE SHEETS 01 Jan 1894 31 Dec 1897
EBR29  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY LISTS OF VARIOUS MATERIALS SOLD BY THE COMPANY 01 Dec 1894 31 Mar 1901
EBR36  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY MONTHLY LEDGER OF INCOME AND EXPENDITURE UNDER THE LONDON OFFICE ACCOUNT 01 Jan 1895 31 Dec 1925
EBR47  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY JOURNAL OF SUNDRY INCOME AND EXPENDITURE 01 Jul 1895 31 Aug 1898
EBR2  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY - MISCELLANEOUS PAPERS 01 Jan 1897 31 Dec 1912
EBR63  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY CAPITAL EXPENDITURE ACCOUNT LEDGER. 01 Jan 1897 31 Dec 1928
EBR8  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY REGISTER OF LETTERS AND TELEGRAMS DESPATCHED 01 Jun 1897 30 Jun 1905
EBR5  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY CORRESPONDENCE ADDRESSED TO THE LONDON OFFICE 01 Aug 1897 31 Dec 1914
NS211/53  VIEWS OF MT LYELL MINES, KING RIVER, QUEENSTOWN, MACQUARIE HARBOUR AND REGATTA POINT 30 Sep 1897
NS211  CORRESPONDENCE, PLANS, PHOTOGRAPHS AND ASSOCIATED PAPERS OF THE COMPANY 30 Sep 1897 31 Dec 1935
EBR50  COPIES OF DESPATCHES SENT TO HEAD OFFICE, MELBOURNE. 23 Nov 1897 16 Aug 1916
EBR11  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY ANNUAL REPORTS AND ASSOCIATED PAPERS 01 Jan 1899 31 Dec 1915
EBR69  REGISTER OF SHARES TRANSFERRED FROM THE MELBOURNE EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY REGISTER TO THE LONDON REGISTER 01 Jul 1899 31 Dec 1899
EBR18  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY CORRESPONDENCE AND NEWSPAPER CUTTINGS RE THE CONFISCATION ACT 01 Jan 1900 31 Dec 1903
EBR55  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY CORRESPONDENCE, RETURNS AND STATISTICS 01 Jan 1900 31 Dec 1939
AF207  PLANS OF LOCOMOTIVES OF THE EMU BAY RAILWAY 01 Jan 1900 31 Dec 1949
EBR54  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY INSTRUCTIONS FROM HEAD OFFICE, MELBOURNE. 01 Jan 1902 31 Dec 1919
EBR70  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY QUARTERLY ESTIMATES 01 Jan 1903 31 Dec 1920
EBR62  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY CAPITAL WORKS CHARGED TO REVENUE 01 Jan 1904 31 Dec 1941
EBR52  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY LETTERBOOKS-CORRESPONDENCE BETWEEN BURNIE OFFICE AND HEAD OFFICE, MELBOURNE. 01 Jan 1905 30 Nov 1905
EBR61  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY REGISTER OF CAPITAL EXPENDITURE AGREED TO BY THE AUDITOR GENERAL 01 Jan 1905 31 Dec 1953
EBR51  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY LETTERBOOK FROM MANAGER BURNIE TO VARIOUS CORRESPONDENTS 01 Apr 1905 30 Sep 1905
EBR53  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY REGISTERS OF HEAD OFFICE LETTERS. 01 Jan 1906 31 Dec 1914
EBR67  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY SUMMARY OF RECEIPTS, EXPENDITURE AND OPERATIONS OF THE COMPANY. 01 Jan 1910 31 Dec 1930
EBR68  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY RECORD OF GOODS LOST OR DAMAGED, AND DETAILS OF SETTLEMENT BY THE COMPANY 01 Jan 1912 31 Dec 1925
EBR16  NOTICE OF MEETING FOR DEBENTURE HOLDERS CONCERNING SUSPENSION OF PAYMENT OF DEBENTURE INTEREST 01 Dec 1914 31 Dec 1914
EBR66  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY LEDGER - GENERAL 01 Jan 1916 31 Dec 1935
EBR57  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY MISCELLANEOUS NOTES, CUTTINGS (INDEXED) 01 Jan 1917 31 Dec 1920
EBR64  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY REVENUE ACCOUNT LEDGERS. 01 Jan 1919 31 Dec 1959
NS654  CERTIFICATE FOR FREE TRAVEL ON EMU BAY RAILWAY . 03 Jun 1919
EBR65  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY PERSONAL LEDGERS. 01 Jan 1921 31 Dec 1930
EBR58  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY ORE TRAFFIC REGISTER 01 Jan 1923 31 Dec 1930
EBR59  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY JOURNAL - BULGOBAC SAWMILL 01 Aug 1924 31 Dec 1934
EBR60  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY LEDGER - BULGOBAC SAWMILL WORKING ACCOUNT 01 Jan 1925 31 Dec 1934
EBR56  EMU BAY AND MT BISCHOFF RAILWAY COMPANY RECORD OF WORK DONE, WAGES PAID. 01 Jan 1934 31 Dec 1946