Golden Pipeline

National Trust of WA

Explore The Golden Pipeline Heritage Trail

A self-guided drive trail between the Perth Hills and Western Australia’s Eastern Goldfields. Go with the Flow. Follow the water to discover more about the audacious goldfields water supply scheme and Engineer CY O’Connor.

Discover The people and the Scheme

“Future generations, I am quite certain will think of us and bless us for our far seeing patriotism, and it will be said of us, as Isaiah said of old, ‘They made a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert” – Sir John Forrest

The Scheme Reservoirs

Receiving Tanks

The receiving tank into which water was delivered from the previous pump station acted as a suction tank too. Pumps would draw from the receiving tank to send the water further on its way to its destination.

As you travel the pipeline you will see some of the original tanks and may even become an expert at spotting differences and finding the answers. As an example, which was the only steam pumping station to have a round receiving tank?

Unlike most, No 1 does not have a concrete holding tank alongside it for receiving the water. Well, it does, but that was built for an entirely different purpose – to deaerate the water. Instead, No 1 drew water from the dam although not directly because that would have submitted the engines to too great a head of pressure. Instead water from the dam went into a standpipe, since demolished, from which No 1’s engines drew.

Battye Library. Receiving tank in line with the pumping station at No 2.

No 2 had a layout slightly different to the arrangement at other stations i.e. the receiving come suction tank was not built directly alongside the pumping station building. Why was this so?

And the site for No 3 was arguably chosen because a suitable ‘receiving tank’ already existed. What was this that No 3 did not need a concrete-line reservoir like other pumping stations?

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