Bright railway line

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Bright railway line
Overview
Status converted to Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail
Termini Bowser
Bright
Continues from Yackandandah line
Stations 11
Operation
Opened Bowser-Myrtleford: 17 December 1883
Myrtleford-Bright: 17 October 1890
Closed Myrtleford-Bright: 30 November 1983
Bowser-Myrtleford: 13 April 1987
Owner V/Line
Operator(s) V/Line
Technical
Line length 75.8 kilometres
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Benalla-Bright rail ticket 1978

The Bright railway line was a railway line in Victoria, Australia constructed by the Victorian Railways as a branch from the previously constructed Yackandandah line to Beechworth, with the Bright line branching at Everton. The line followed the Ovens Valley opening as far as Myrtleford on 17 December 1883 being extended to Bright on 17 October 1890.[1][2][3]

The line carried a variety of traffic, including many tourists to Mount Buffalo, where the Victorian Railways operated the Mount Buffalo Chalet. The line closed in on 30 November 1983 between Bright and Myrtleford, and back to the junction with the North East line at Bowser on 13 April 1987, the Yackandandah line from Everton having closed in December 1976.[1][2][3][4]

In the 1990s the line became part of the Murray to the Mountains Rail Trail.[5] Bright station is maintained as a museum.[2][6]

Bright railway line
North East line
at Bowser station
Londrigan
Tarrawingee
Everton
Yackandandah line
Brookfield
Bowman
Gapsted
Myrtleford
Ovens
Eurobin
Porepunkah
Bright

References[edit]

Larsen, Wal (1983). The Ovens Valley Railway. Bright: self published. ISBN 09 596751 0 8. 

  1. ^ a b Quinlan, Howard; Newland, John (2000). Australian Railway Routes 1854 - 2000. Redfern: Australian Railway Historical Society. p. 28. ISBN 0 909650 49 7. 
  2. ^ a b c Bright Railway 1890 to 1983 Bright Pictorial Heritage
  3. ^ a b Bright Line Vicsig
  4. ^ Yackandandah Line Vicsig
  5. ^ Bright Rail Trail Tourisminternet
  6. ^ Home Bright Museum