Eyre Peninsula Railway

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The Eyre Peninsula Railway is a 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) railway on the Eyre Peninsula of South Australia. The system is isolated from the rest of the South Australian railway network.

Overview[edit]

The network consists of about 600 km of route and carries mainly wheat and gypsum. Genesee and Wyoming Australia (GWA) operate all traffic on the Eyre Peninsula rail network. The railway is separated from the main system, and there has never been any justification for a connection to the main system.

Lines[edit]

  • Port Lincoln to Wudinna (Seasonal Grain Trains)
  • Cummins to Kimba (Seasonal Grain Trains)
  • Thevenard to Kevin (Daily Gypsum Trains)
  • Wudinna to Penong Junction (Limited Use Only)
  • Kevin to Penong (Closed)
  • Kimba to Buckleboo (Non-Operational)
  • Yeelanna to Kapinne (Non-Operational)
  • Coffin Bay to Proper Bay (Closed and dismantled)

Iron ore[edit]

With the prospective development of iron ore traffic, a new port at Sheep Hill north of Tumby Bay has been mooted. This would require a 27 km branchline from Ungarra and upgrading of the remaining track.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  • Domagalski, A. L & Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society (2001), Rail on Eyre Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society], [Port Lincoln, S. Aust
  • Knife, Peter (2006) Peninsula pioneer : a history of the railways of Eyre Peninsula and their role in the early settlement and development of the region Wahroonga, N.S.W. : P. Knife. ISBN 0-9757835-0-5
  • Knife, Peter & Knife, Margaret, & Eyre Peninsula Railway Preservation Society (2007), Peninsula memories : stories of the railwaymen and women of Eyre Peninsula Peter Knife, Wahroonga, N.S.W. ISBN 978-0-9757835-1-1