Surprise Discovery After Boulder Randomly Falls On Train Tracks
Aboriginal artwork has been found, accidentally, along a rail line in the NSW Blue Mountains.
A 20-tonne boulder fell at Glenbrook on the Blue Mountains Line early on Monday morning, stopping trains in both directions.
However, the removal has been hampered after the surprise discovery of handprint artwork by emergency services.
An independent archaeologist, specialising in Aboriginal heritage, confirmed the multiple handprints as being "culturally significant", Sydney Trains said in a statement.
“We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land and we always seek to respect, recognise and celebrate Aboriginal culture across our network and organisation,” Sydney Trains Chief Executive Howard Collins said.
To preserve the artwork, work to break up the boulder will be delayed, with replacement buses between Penrith and Springwood expected to be used well into next week.
“We have an obligation to not only ensure the line is safe, but that appropriate measures are taken to preserve the rock art and document the findings,” Collins said.
“To do so, we’ve temporarily delayed efforts to break up the twenty-tonne boulder piece-by-piece. Work is still continuing though to secure the site and make it safe.
Sydney Trains is working closely with the Office of Environment and Heritage and the Deerubbin Local Aboriginal Land Council.