Corowa railway line

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Corowa railway line
Locale Riverina
Termini Culcairn
Opened 1892
Line length 47.24 miles (76.03 km)
Track gauge 4 ft 8 12 in (1,435 mm)
Route map


Corowa Branch Line
Main Southern railway line to Sydney
Weeamera (closed)
Hurricane Hill (closed)
Walla Walla (closed)
Burrumbuttock (closed)
Orelda (closed)
Brocklesby (closed)
Balldale (closed)
Hopefield (closed)

The Culcairn - Corowa railway line[1] is a closed railway branch line in southern New South Wales, Australia. It branched off of the Main Southern railway line at Culcairn and headed south-west to the town of Corowa on the Murray River. The southern terminus was near the Victorian Railways Springhurst - Wahgunyah railway, but no bridge was ever provided over the river.

Brocklesby station c.1925


Construction was underway prior to 1891[2] with the line opening on 3 October 1892 and its main purpose was for the transport of wheat. Railway ballast was also carried along this line for use on the NSW rail network out of the 'Hurricane Hill' quarry siding. Passenger services ceased in 1975, a time when the widespread closure of country branch-line passenger services occurred.[3] The section from Corowa to Brocklesby was decommissioned in January 1989; the last train (An XPT set known as 'The Federation Flyer') ran on that section on Australia Day 1988. The section from Brocklesby to Culcairn was decommissioned in December 1991.[4]

Current Status[edit]

The old tracks have not yet been removed from their original position but the line itself is in reasonable condition.

NSWSRA removed a majority of the station amenities following the mothballing of the line in 1991.

There has been renewed interest in reinstating the rail line as a heritage railway by the proposed Culcairn-Corowa Heritage Railway Assoc.

Further reading[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Culcairn to Corowa Railway Act of 1890 ( NSW )
  2. ^ "RAILWAY EXTENSION IN THE GERMANTON DISTRICT.". The Sydney Morning Herald (16,508). New South Wales, Australia. 19 February 1891. p. 5. Retrieved 2 September 2016 – via National Library of Australia. 
  3. ^ "Corowa Branch". Retrieved 2007-08-24. 
  4. ^ "Corowa Branch - history". Retrieved 2007-08-28. 

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