Cullalla caper

I ENJOYED reading Ron Waters’ account of the Cullalla Train robbery in the May edition of The Toodyay Herald.
I would add that the money stolen was destined for Midland rail station officers, permanent way gangs, coal stage workers and engine crews.
I was a Midland Railway worker and the robbery at Cullalla resulted in the pay master being demoted and the guard reprimanded because the rule was that one or the other was to stay in the brake van at all times.
I think that the Midland Railway bosses might have been aware that this may have been a common practice at Cullalla.
The Midland Railway terminated at Walkaway where there were two station masters, one from Midland Railway and one WA Government Railway station master.
Colin George

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