Hay railway line

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Hay Line
Hay branch line - Junee.jpg
Hay railway line in Junee
Track gauge1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Route map

line to Griffith
line to Tocumwal
Grong Grong
Old Junee
joins the Main South line at Junee

The Hay railway line is a partly closed railway line in New South Wales, Australia. The line branches from the Main South line at Junee, and passes in a westwards direction through the towns of Coolamon and Narrandera to Yanco. The first train arrived in Hay on 4 July 1882.[1] The line beyond Yanco to Hay is now closed,[2] although the section to Willbriggie remained open for grain haulage until 2004.[3] At Yanco, the still-open Yanco to Griffith line branches off in a northwesterly direction to Griffith.

Passenger services[edit]

Hay branch line - Junee

Until 1986, passenger service operated over the section of line between Junee and Yanco on their way to Griffith, consisting of a through train to Sydney (the Riverina Express) on several days per week, with a connection service between Grifith and Junee (connecting with the South Mail) on the other days. A connecting railcar service was provided at Narrandera for passengers on the Tocumwal line operated three days per week, until withdrawn on Saturday 26 November 1983.[4]

These services were withdrawn in 1986, and replaced by road coach services.[5] Between 1986 and 1996, no passenger trains operated over the line until services were reintroduced in 1996 after considerable political pressure was placed upon the NSW State Government.[6] A weekly locomotive train was initially reintroduced, subsequently replaced by a weekly Xplorer train. Railway stations remain open at Coolamon and Narrandera.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The Centenary of the Railway from Junee to Hay Pollard, N.J. Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, April;May;June;July, 1982 pp65-86;104-112;113-136;148-162
  2. ^ "Hay Branch". www.nswrail.net. Retrieved 3 December 2006.
  3. ^ NSW Minister for Transport (19 May 2005). "News Release" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 30 August 2007.
  4. ^ Bob Whitehead (2008). Tocumwal Railway Centenary.
  5. ^ Pollard, N.Rails to the Margins: The Griffith, Hillston, Roto Line. Australian Railway History, Vol 58, no. 836. June 2007.
  6. ^ Date, K (November 1997). "Network Review: Junee- Goulburn". Railway Digest.