Location Main Western Railway, running North and South through the Local Government Area, and the Orange Broken Hill Railway, running West from Orange.
Statement of Significance
The railway line is examined here as a “linear landscape”. The railway line is a feature of the landscape in both urban and rural areas and forms a significant part of the scenery and experience of the district. Railway crossings are a common feature of both the rural and urban landscape.
Historically, the arrival of the railway line marked a significant point in the development of Orange and the surrounding district. In 1877 the line between Bathurst and Orange was opened, linking Orange to Sydney via the Blue Mountains. People could travel easily to Bathurst and Sydney, farmers such as the Chinese market gardeners, were able to quickly transport their crops to the Sydney market and communications improved dramatically. The line was extended on to Wellington in 1880. The line to Forbes and on to Broken Hill was opened in 1893.
The continued encounter with the railway line, the effect of the railway on the development of Orange and the heritage value of various railway structures combine to make the railway line a significant feature of the Orange landscape.
Objects and Elements: The Rail System
Urban Level crossings
Rural Level crossings
Orange Railway Yards and Station: Station Building
The station was opened in 1877 by NSW Premier, Sir Henry Parkes. The NSW Heritage Register lists the station group as significant for retaining “much of the early period of development including rare combined residence/station building”. The Railway Station is a Schedule 8 Heritage Item of State Significance in the Orange Local Environment Plan 2000.
The footbridge was built around 1910. The NSW Heritage Register states that the footbridge is a “rare surviving structure reflecting a style of construction from Whitton’s similar river bridges and pedestrian bridges”. The Pedestrian Bridge is a Schedule 8 Heritage Item of State Significance in the Orange Local Environment Plan 2000.
East Fork is the point at which the Orange Broken Hill Line splits from the Main Western Line. The East Fork was identified through the community consultation process as a significant feature of the townscape.
Orange East Fork: Water Tank
Orange East Fork: Turntable
Orange Broken Hill Line: Peisley Street Overpass
Orange Broken Hill Line: Cutting, Racecourse Road
The community consultation process identified the cutting as a significant feature of the landscape around the railway line. The exposed bedrock forms a visual link to the nearby Quarry on Racecourse Road.