The Melba Line at Rosebery
|Locale||West Coast, Tasmania|
|Owner||Government of Tasmania|
|Line length||130 km (81 mi)|
|Track gauge||1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)|
|Highest elevation||670 m (2,200 ft)|
The Melba Line is a 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow gauge railway on the west coast of Tasmania. The line was originally constructed as a private railway line named the Emu Bay Railway and was one of the longest-lasting and most successful private railway companies in Australia. While at present the Line travels from Burnie to Melba Flats, it initially ran through to Zeehan carrying minerals and passengers as an essential service for the West Coast community.
See Emu Bay Railway
See : Emu Bay Railway for the larger list of known stopping places
At its peak as a steam operation the railway had approximately 23 stopping or named places on its line and adjacent lines. Current operations, and modifications for dieselisation, and the Pieman Hydro Electric Scheme, and other modifications by the EBR following its change to a freight only operation has seen many of the structures at the locations identified demolished or disused.
- Guildford - junction to the Mount Bischoff tin Mine (no sign of this junction or station remains)
- Farrell Junction with the North Mount Farrell Tramway to Tullah, now known as the Wee Georgie Wood Railway.
- Barkers Crossing
- Renison Bell
- Argent Tunnel
- Melba Siding
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Melba Line.|
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