​​​​Tasmanian railway employee records

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The following records are in Hobart.

Records of government age​ncies responsible for railways in Tasmania

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  • Private companies established the first railways in Tasmania. These companies did not prosper and the Government gradually took them over.
  • The first company was the Launceston and Western Railway Company. It began constructing the Launceston-Deloraine Line in 1868.
  • As the Government interest extended over the whole railway network the Tasmanian Government Railways was established under a General Manager for Railways in 1888.
  • In 1978 responsibility for railways passed to the Commonwealth Government.
  • In 1997 The Australian National Railway Commission sold the assets of AN Tasrail to a private consortium, trading as Tasrail Pty Ltd, which began operations in November 1997. The land over which the track is laid reverted to the State Government of Tasmania.
  • The numbering codes are our unique identifiers for groups of records.  Please refer to them if you ask to see records.

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