Marree railway station
|Operated by||South Australian Railways 1884–1926|
Australian National 1975–1980
|Line(s)||Central Australia Railway|
|Distance||709 kilometres from Adelaide|
|Opened||7 February 1884|
|Closed||31 December 1980|
|Rebuilt||27 July 1957|
Marree station opened on 7 February 1884 at what was then known as Hergott Springs as the terminus of the Central Australia Railway when it was extended from Farina. The line was extended to Coward Springs on 1 February 1888. The town and railway station station were renamed as Marree in 1917. In 1891, the line was extended north to Oodnadatta, ultimately reaching Alice Springs in 1929.
On 27 July 1957, Marree became a dual-gauge junction station, when a heavy-duty standard gauge line was opened to convey coal from Telford Cut to Port Augusta since the capacity of the flood-prone, lightly constructed narrow gauge line from Stirling North was inadequate for tonnages required for an additional power station there.:234 The new line was built from the minesite to Marree to cater more efficiently for transport of cattle. The narrow gauge line south of Marree remained operational for freight traffic until it was replaced by the Stirling North to Marree line. All trains north of Marree ceased when a new standard gauge line opened from Tarcoola to Alice Springs in 1980, replacing the Central Australia Railway in its role as the line to Alice Springs.  The standard gauge line remained open for a mixed goods train, though it was replaced by a goods only train in 1985.  Marree lost its rail connection on the 10th of June, 1987 when the standard gauge line was closed beyond Leigh Creek, a month after a farewell train was operated using a set of Bluebird railcars.   Two NSU class locomotives and 2 wagons have been preserved at the station under the ownership of the Marree Progress Association, while another NSU is within the township, though it is for sale and in derelict condition.
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