Adelaide River Railway Siding and Railway Bridge

Historical Sites and Heritage Locations

The Adelaide River Railway Siding and Railway Bridge were constructed as part of the first leg of the North Australia Railway (NAR) which operated from 1888 until 1976. The bridge was one of the first to be constructed on the Palmerston to Pine Creek line and was one of the largest along this section of work. Constructed in 1887-88 the bridge was first crossed on 3 December 1888 by the Silverton. In 1941-42 the bridge was fitted with timber decking to allow single lane vehicular access during Wet Season floodiing. It was further upgraded in 1952. The last train crossed the bridge on 30 June 1976, but it was used for road traffic until the Edwin Verburg Bridge was opened on 27 March 1980.

The Railway Siding was the first main station complex on the North Australia Railway from Darwin to Pine Creek and had the only refreshment room on the line. During World War II it was of major significance because Adelaide River was a major military centre with the main hospital situated north of the township along with a number of Australian and Allied bases in the area.

Facilities

Carpark Picnic Area Public Toilet

Activities

Walks

Disabled Assistance

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NT Adventure Park

NT Adventure Park

Batchelor, Coomalie

Interpretative area and observation area for the site marked by a section of timber slat fence.

Rum Jungle Mine Manager’s House

Batchelor, Coomalie

Memorial in the foreground, new railway line and historic station in the background.

Memorial to Railway Workers Adelaide River

Adelaide River, Coomalie

Entrance to property upon which sits the remnants of the 4RSU unit alongside the Pell Airstrip that is located along the Stuart Highway.

WWII Pell Airstrip Camp A 4RSU Workshop, Adelaide River

Adelaide River, Coomalie

Adelaide River Railway Station

Adelaide River Railway Station

Adelaide River, Coomalie

Interpretative panel at the site.

Rum Jungle Single Womens Quarters

Batchelor, Coomalie