Eyre Peninsula Railway

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Port Lincoln railway station

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 kilometres of route and carries mainly wheat and gypsum to Port Lincoln.[1] Genesee & Wyoming Australia operate all traffic on the Eyre Peninsula rail network. The railway is isolated from the main system, and there has never been any justification for a connection to the main system. It is the only remaining 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) track in South Australia.

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 kilometre branchline from Ungarra and upgrading of the remaining track.[2]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Eyre Peninsula Lines SA Track & Signal
  2. ^ Sheep Hill - Eastern Eyre Export Port Facility Regional Development Australia
  • 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

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