Melba Line

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Not to be confused with Emu Bay Railway, The company that ran the railway line for 107 years.
Melba Line
Rosebery Station Melba Line.JPG
The Melba Line at Rosebery
Type Heavy rail
Status In use
Locale West Coast, Tasmania
Termini Burnie
Melba Flats
Stations 3
Opened 2004
Owner Government of Tasmania
Operator(s) TasRail
Line length 130 km (81 mi)
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)
Highest elevation 670 m (2,200 ft)
Route map
Left arrow Western Line Right arrow
Old Surrey Road 
Cascade Road
Metaira Road
Metaira Road
Circular Road
Ridgley Highway
Oonah Road
Tena Road
Ridgley Highway
Sugarloaf Road
Upper Natone Road
Silvermine Road
North Goderich Road
Hellyer River
Bunkers Road
Guildford Road
Wey River
Left arrow
Waratah Line
to Waratah
Muddy Creek
Clipper Road
Hellyer River
Hellyer Line
to Hellyer Mine
Right arrow
Murchison Highway
Huskisson Road
Hatfield River
Suprise Creek
Que River
Que River
Sawmill Creek
Boco Creek
Pieman Road
Lake Rosebery
Pieman River
Chasm Creek
Rosebery Mine
Baillieu Street
Barker Creek
Max Fitzallen Drive
Nicholas Street
Belstead Street
Chamberlain Creek
Natone Creek
Josephine Creek
Argent River
Murchison Highway
Argent River
Murchison Highway
Melba Creek
Melba Flats
Nevada Creek 
Argent Tunnel
Parting Creek
Little Henty River
Mount Dundas Line
to Mount Dundas
Right arrow
Strahan Line
to Strahan
Down arrow

The Melba Line is a 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) narrow gauge railway on the west coast of Tasmania. The line was originally constructed as a private railway line named the Emu Bay Railway and was one of the longest-lasting and most successful private railway companies in Australia. While at present the Line travels from Burnie to Melba Flats, it initially ran through to Zeehan carrying minerals and passengers as an essential service for the West Coast community.


See Emu Bay Railway

Stopping Places[edit]

See : Emu Bay Railway for the larger list of known stopping places

At its peak as a steam operation the railway had approximately 23 stopping or named places on its line and adjacent lines. Current operations, and modifications for dieselisation, and the Pieman Hydro Electric Scheme, and other modifications by the EBR following its change to a freight only operation has seen many of the structures at the locations identified demolished or disused.

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