O'Connor's development of Western Australia's railways

One of his jobs was to run the local railways. When he started there were about 190 miles of government owned railway tracks and it was losing money at the scary rate of about 40 000 pounds a year! He set out on a program of extending and refining the rail network, getting more powerful locomotives and more rolling stock.

He also presented the government with a costed plan for moving the railway workshops from their obviously inadequate site in Fremantle out to Midland. But this took 12 years to happen, and didn't really get going till after his death in 1902. Once again the critics had held up a necessary development!