Cudgewa railway line

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Cudgewa railway line, Victoria
Line details
Opened 10 September 1889
Completed 5 May 1921
Closed 22 January 1995
Fate Rail trail
Stations 8
Rail transport in Victoria
Melbourne-Cudgewa rail ticket 1978

The Cudgewa Line is a closed railway line in the north-east of Victoria, Australia. Branching off the main North East railway at Wodonga it ran east to a final terminus at Cudgewa. Most of the line is now the High Country Rail Trail.

History[edit]

Cudgewa line remnant to Bandiana, looking east from the former turning triangle at Wodonga

The line was progressively opened between 1889 and 1921. In 1919, the line was used to carry materials for the construction of Hume Weir, and three years later a spur line connecting Ebden to the weir was opened.[1]

Part of the line was converted to dual gauge in 1944 to serve freight depots around Bandiana. In the early 1950s, the volume of Hume Reservoir was increased, with the railway around Tallangatta relocated to avoid the rising waters. Later in the 1960s, Cudgewa became the railhead of materials for the Snowy Mountains Scheme.[1] The line had 1 in 30 grades, with 'flat top' T class T413 becoming the regular diesel locomotive on the line after purchase in 1967, as it was the only locomotive of the class with dynamic brakes.[2]

The last passenger service from Wodonga to Tallangatta ran on 30 September 1961 with a 102hp Walker railmotor.[3] On 21 April 1978, the last regular goods train ran,[1] with closure of the line in 1981, except for the short section to Bandiana. Since 1995, it has been standard gauge track only.[4] The Wodonga-Bandiana section closed on 1 September 2009 as part of the Wodonga Rail Bypass project.[4] The line has now been partly converted into the High Country Rail Trail.

Stations[edit]

Cudgewa Railway Station

  • 5 May 1921 – 1 March 1981

Wabba Railway Station

  • 5 May 1921 – 1 March 1981

Beetomba Railway Station

  • 10 April 1919 – 1 March 1981

Shelley Railway Station

  • 13 June 1916 – 1 March 1981

Koetong

  • 13 June 1916 – 1 March 1981

Darbyshire

  • 13 June 1916 – 1 March 1981

Bullioh

  • 13 June 1916 – 1 March 1981

Tallangatta

  • 24 July 1891 – 1 March 1981

Tatonga

  • 24 July 1891 – 1 March 1981

Bolga

  • 18 July 1890 – 1 March 1981

Huon

  • 10 September 1889 – 1 March 1981

Ebden

  • 10 September 1889 – 1 March 1981

Bonegilla

  • 10 September 1889 – 1 March 1981

Bandiana

  • 10 September 1889 – 1 March 1981
  • 17 October 1983 - 22 January 1995

Wodonga: CBD Station

  • 21 November 1873 – 9 November 2008

station guide[edit]

Terminus: Wodonga CBD Station
Junction: Albury-Wodonga Line
Bandiana Station
Bonegilla Station
Ebden Station
Huon Station
Lake Hume
Bolga Station
Tatonga Station
(New) Tallangatta Station
Huon Station
Bullioh Station
Darbyshire Station
Koetong Station
Shelly Station
Beetoomba Station
Wabba Station
Cudgewa Station
Unstaffed / minor station

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Heritage Of The High Country Rail Trail". www.highcountryrailtrail.org.au. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  2. ^ Leon Oberg (August 2007). Locomotives of Australia: 1850s - 2007. books.google.com.au. p. page 297. ISBN 1-877058-54-8. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 
  3. ^ Chris Banger (March 1997). "Rail Passenger Service Withdrawals Since 1960". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division)): pages 77–82. 
  4. ^ a b "VICSIG - Infrastructure - Line Data Cudgewa line". www.vicsig.net. Retrieved 2009-01-04. 

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