The Transcontinental, 31 July 1942

It was not just Commonwealth Railways (CR) workers who worked on the railways during the war.

As more attractive defence force jobs appeared, many left railway work causing the railways to advertise in newspapers and on radio for workers.


More than 700 men from the Civil Aliens Corps were engaged for the last 18 months of the war to keep up with the workload.5

While many of them struggled, some stayed on and worked for CR well beyond the war.