A place of historical significance
In 1879, construction began on the first section of the Eastern Railway between Fremantle and Guildford. York was selected as the terminus and after much digging, blasting and carting the line to Chidlow's Well was opened in 1884. In 1885, the line to York opened.
After many accidents on the Jane Brook line (Southern Section), C.Y. O'Connor indentified a route with easier grades and gentle curves and the Mahogany Creek deviation (Northern Section) opened in 1896.
The Jane Brook line closed in 1954 and the main line was closed in 1966. Today its remains echo a past of incredible feats of engineering and manual labour.
While on your journey, discover the individual history and character of the many charming settlements that evolved alongside the railway line during its construction, including Darlington, Parkerville and Mundaring. Appreciate the historical and cultural significance as you roam the Trail, taking in the romance of the rail era.
Look out for the information shelters in each of the reserves along the route describing the development of the adjoining settlement and photographs of the neighbouring historical sites, flora and fauna. Click here to download an overview of Railway Reserves Heritage Trail's history.