Lake Cargelligo railway line

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Lake Cargelligo Line
Lake Cargelligo
Naradhan branch
Burcher branch (closed)
West Wyalong
South Wyalong
Rankins Springs branch (closed)
Sproules Lagoon
Temora-Roto line
cross-country line to Parkes via Forbes
Cootamundra West
joins the Main South line at Cootamundra

The Lake Cargelligo railway line is a railway line in Central Western New South Wales, Australia. The first sod was turned commencing construction on 8 June 1913[1] with the line opening on 13 November 1917.[2] The line branches from the Main South line at Cootamundra and travels in a north-westerly direction to the small town of Lake Cargelligo. The line is used primarily for grain haulage, although passenger service was provided until 1983.[3]

The section between Cootamundra and Stockinbingal forms part of the cross country line between the Main South and Broken Hill line, which allows goods trains to bypass Sydney.

In December 2007, flooding washed away several sections of track between Ungarie and Lake Cargelligo rendering the track unpassable.[4]

Early operations[edit]

From the opening of the line in 1913 daily passenger services were operated by mixed goods and passenger steam trains, the passenger carriages being 'dog box' configuration. It was not until 1938 after much complaint by passengers that more comfortable 'corridor' type passenger carriages were introduced on the branch line to Lake Cargelligo.[5] In the same year after more agitation from residents serviced by this line[6] the Railway Commissioners agreed to a new diesel rail motor service to operate between Temora (departing daily at 08:30am) and Lake Cargelligo, the new train commenced from late 1938 replacing the mixed steam trains that had operated since opening.[7] Later CPH railmotors operated on this line until passenger services were ceased in 1983.


The line is owned by the Rail Infrastructure Corporation of New South Wales, however the section between Cootamundra and Stockinbingal is leased by the Australian Rail Track Corporation (ARTC) who are responsible for the maintenance and operation of the line.[8] The ARTC is responsible for co-ordinating operations over the remainder of the line.


See also[edit]

Further reading[edit]

The Centenary of Lake Cargelligo and the Railway's Role - Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, October, 1973, pp217–239


  1. ^ "Wyalong to Cudgelligo". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 Jun 1913. p. 6. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Bozier, Rolfe; et al. "Lake Cargelligo Line". Retrieved 2007-05-07. 
  3. ^ Banger, C. The Intercapital Daylight, 1956-1991 Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin, Vol 52 No. 764. June 2001
  4. ^ NSW Infrastructure Update, Railway Digest March 2008 p13
  5. ^ "New Corridor Car". Sydney Morning Herald. 30 Jun 1938. p. 7. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  6. ^ "Proposed Wyalong to Cudgelligo Railway Extension". Australian Town & Country Journal. 23 Jan 1907. p. 15. Retrieved 11 November 2012. 
  7. ^ "New Motor Train Services". Sydney Morning Herald. 8 Aug 1938. p. 7. Retrieved 10 November 2012. 
  8. ^ "Final Tripartite Agreement" (PDF). ARTC. Retrieved 2007-05-24. [dead link]

External links[edit]

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