22a[Editorial, The Northern Times (Carnarvon, WA), Saturday 07 September 1907, page 2]
The Pilbarra Railway.
After many vicissitudes during the past 14 years, the movement initiated in 1893 for connecting the Pilbarra field with the coast by a railway seems now to have reached a definite conclusion, for Parliament has authorised the construction of a line from Port Hedland to Marble Bar.
22b["The Pilbarra Railway", The Hedland Advocate (Port Hedland, WA), Saturday 20 February 1909, page 3]
The Pilbarra Railway.
A Start Made With The Work.
The First Sod Turned
Port Hedland Jubilant
Thursday, February 18, 1909, will go down to posterity as the date which marked the commencement of a new era in the history of the progress of the Nor'-West, particularly the Pilbarra district, of which Port Hedland is the natural port. On that date the ceremony of turning the first sod of the Hedland-Marble Bar railway took place, with a great demonstration of admiration and approbation.
In writing this we are reminded of the early battles of the old residents in the interests of the railway. The more recent struggles were strenuous and disheartening, but what must the struggles have been nine years ago. Many of the earlier battlers have left the district, some have passed the Great Divide, while a small few are left to enjoy, with the latecomers, the privileges so long battled for and now about to be realised. All honor to the pioneers of the agitation which led up to Thursday's celebration!
22c[Editorial, The Hedland Advocate (Port Hedland, WA), Saturday 01 May 1909, page 4]
The Premier's visit to Hedland passed like a nightmare. From the zenith of enthusiasm the people have now been hurled into the slough of despond. All the elements of thought have for a long time been unsettled, hopes and promises have been received from the Ministers as truths, and when everyone thought the climax had been reached--a definite statement would be made regarding the commencement of the railway--we are left to interpret the ambiguous answers given by the Premier and his colleague Mr. Price. Fair and serious examination of their utterances which their subtlety and depth require drives us to the conclusion that the Pilbarra has been and is being juggled with.
22d["The Railway", The Hedland Advocate (Port Hedland, WA), Saturday 16 October 1909, page 3]
It is the unexpected that always happens. By the s.s. Charon on Wednesday 24 of the contractors' men arrived, also 100 tons of rails, 2,000 sleeps, and four trucks. It is not intended, we understand, to start the construction immediately, but a deal of preliminary work has to be done, such as provision for stacking both rails and sleepers, erection of offices, etc. By the next trip of the Koombana two heavy and one light locomotive will arrive, and, it is stated, each boat arriving from Fremantle will bring nothing less than 300 tons of railway material.
Naturally all the world of Hedland rejoices exceedingly at the sudden turn in the tide of events. There will be no more bleatings and ravings about incessant delays--the railway has been started in earnest.