Cover image for Emu Bay Railway Co. Ltd
Agency:
Emu Bay Railway Co. Ltd
Agency Number:
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.

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 Abolishing Agency:
Emu Bay Railway (Operation and Acquisition) Act 2009
Functions Performed:
Tasmanian businesses
Transport
Controlling Agencies:
Australian Transport Network/pacific National (NG2818)15 Nov 199701 Dec 2009
Series Created By Agency:
EBR25 Book of Goods Which have Arrived at a Station01 Jan 187531 Dec 1892

EBR13 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Reports to the Manager Regarding the State of the Railways and related Documents.01 Jan 187531 Dec 1898

EBR43 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Cash Book of Receipts and Payments01 Sep 187530 Apr 1878

EBR30 Abstract of Pays for the Tramway23 Sep 187528 Aug 1880

EBR44 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Cash Book of Payments and Receipts under Various Individuals' Names01 Aug 187631 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 Burnie01 Jan 187731 Dec 1897

EBR26 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Books of Goods Delivered.01 Apr 187830 Nov 1897

EBR22 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Returns of Tickets Sold at Various Stations.01 Jul 187831 May 1890

EBR31 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Books of Wages paid01 May 188130 Apr 1897

EBR1 Papers concerning the Foundation of the Company and associated Papers01 Jan 188331 Dec 1912

EBR28 Press Copies of Invoices for Goods sent from the Emu Bay Station01 Apr 188331 Jul 1884

EBR41 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Daily Journal of Income and Expenditure.01 Dec 188331 Jan 1890

EBR14 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Reports by a G Mawson on Various Aspects01 Jan 188431 Dec 1887

EBR45 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Book of Various Receipts01 Jan 188631 Dec 1889

EBR38 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Journal of Income and Expenditure under Various Accounts of the Company01 Mar 188630 Apr 1887

EBR27 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Press Copies of Invoices from the Waratah Station for Goods Transported.01 Mar 188631 Aug 1894

EBR10 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Press Copies of Letters from the Station Master at Waratah and Returns of Goods Transported01 Jul 188630 Apr 1887

EBR21 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Inventory of Equipment at a Station (Circular Head)01 Oct 188630 Oct 1886

EBR42 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Press Copies of Journals of Income and Expenditure.01 Jul 188731 Dec 1897

EBR37 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Classified Journal of Debits and Credits with Monthly Balances.01 Jul 188728 Feb 1925

EBR6 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Press Copies of Letters from the Manager to Local Correspondents.01 Jul 188728 Feb 1903

EBR3 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Correspondence from the Secretary to the Manager.01 Sep 188731 Dec 1917

EBR4 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Press Copies of Despatches to the Court of Directors from the Manager.01 Nov 188731 Jul 1925

EBR23 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Return of Freight Carried01 Mar 188831 Dec 1897

EBR46 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Journal of Income under Various Accounts01 Jul 188831 Dec 1889

EBR32 Account of Income and Expenditure01 Jan 188931 Dec 1897

EBR39 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Journal of Income and Expenditure under Various Accounts.01 Jul 188931 Dec 1897

EBR15 Supplemented Trust Deed Modifying the Terms of a Trust Deed for Securing Debentures01 Jul 188931 Jul 1889

EBR48 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Daily Journal of Expenditure by Money paid to Various Individuals (Balanced by Cash Banked).01 Sep 188931 Dec 1892

EBR33 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Ledger of Income and Expenditure under Various Accounts.01 Sep 188931 Dec 1911

EBR19 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Press Copies of Returns of Goods Transported from Waratah to Burnie and Monies collected01 Oct 188931 Dec 1892

EBR35 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Detailed Monthly Ledger of Income and Expenditure under Various Headings01 Jan 189031 Dec 1897

EBR49 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Press Copies of Expenditure under Various Accounts01 Jan 189031 Dec 1893

EBR40 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Journal of Income and Expenditure under Various Accounts. Jan 1890-Dec 189701 Jan 189031 Dec 1897

EBR7 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Co - Press Copies of Miscellaneous Letters from and to the Manager01 Jun 189028 Feb 1893

EBR34 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Ledger of Income and Expenditure.01 Aug 189030 Sep 1897

EBR20 Emu Bay and Mt. Bischoff Railway Company Press Copies of Returns from the Waratah Station of Monies collected. Apr 1891-Dec 189201 Apr 189131 Dec 1892

EBR12 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Yearly Abstracts of Income and Expenditure under Various Headings, and Balance Sheets01 Jan 189431 Dec 1897

EBR29 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Lists of Various Materials Sold by the Company01 Dec 189431 Mar 1901

EBR36 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Monthly Ledger of Income and Expenditure under the London Office Account01 Jan 189531 Dec 1925

EBR47 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Journal of Sundry Income and Expenditure01 Jul 189531 Aug 1898

EBR2 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company - Miscellaneous Papers01 Jan 189731 Dec 1912

EBR63 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Capital Expenditure Account Ledger.01 Jan 189731 Dec 1928

EBR8 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Register of Letters and Telegrams Despatched01 Jun 189730 Jun 1905

EBR5 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Correspondence addressed to the London Office01 Aug 189731 Dec 1914

NS211 Correspondence, Plans, Photographs and associated Papers of the Company30 Sep 189731 Dec 1935

NS211/53 Views of Mt Lyell Mines, King River, Queenstown, Macquarie Harbour and Regatta Point30 Sep 1897

EBR50 Copies of Despatches sent to Head Office, Melbourne.23 Nov 189716 Aug 1916

EBR11 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Annual Reports and associated Papers01 Jan 189931 Dec 1915

EBR69 Register of Shares transferred from the Melbourne Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Register to the London Register01 Jul 189931 Dec 1899

EBR18 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Correspondence and Newspaper Cuttings re the Confiscation Act01 Jan 190031 Dec 1903

EBR55 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Correspondence, Returns and Statistics01 Jan 190031 Dec 1939

AF207 Plans of Locomotives of the Emu Bay Railway01 Jan 190031 Dec 1949

EBR54 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Instructions from Head Office, Melbourne.01 Jan 190231 Dec 1919

EBR70 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Quarterly Estimates01 Jan 190331 Dec 1920

EBR62 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Capital Works Charged to Revenue01 Jan 190431 Dec 1941

EBR52 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Letterbooks-Correspondence between Burnie Office and Head Office, Melbourne.01 Jan 190530 Nov 1905

EBR61 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Register of Capital Expenditure Agreed to by the Auditor General01 Jan 190531 Dec 1953

EBR51 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Letterbook from Manager Burnie to Various Correspondents01 Apr 190530 Sep 1905

EBR53 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Registers of Head Office Letters.01 Jan 190631 Dec 1914

EBR67 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Summary of Receipts, Expenditure and Operations of the Company.01 Jan 191031 Dec 1930

EBR68 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Record of Goods Lost or Damaged, and Details of Settlement by the Company01 Jan 191231 Dec 1925

EBR16 Notice of Meeting for Debenture Holders concerning Suspension of Payment of Debenture Interest01 Dec 191431 Dec 1914

EBR66 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Ledger - General01 Jan 191631 Dec 1935

EBR57 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Miscellaneous Notes, Cuttings (Indexed)01 Jan 191731 Dec 1920

EBR64 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Revenue Account Ledgers.01 Jan 191931 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 192131 Dec 1930

EBR58 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Ore Traffic Register01 Jan 192331 Dec 1930

EBR59 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Journal - Bulgobac Sawmill01 Aug 192431 Dec 1934

EBR60 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Ledger - Bulgobac Sawmill Working Account01 Jan 192531 Dec 1934

EBR56 Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Record of Work Done, Wages paid.01 Jan 193431 Dec 1946

EBR17 Shares in the Company Applied for and Allotted to Various Emu Bay and Mt Bischoff Railway Company Individuals