Mortlake railway line

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Mortlake
Overview
TypeV/Line passenger service
Stations3
Operation
Closed1978
Number of tracks1

The Mortlake line is a closed railway line in the west of Victoria, Australia. Branching off the main Port Fairy railway at Terang, it ran north to Mortlake.

History[edit]

The original idea for a railway line serving Mortlake was first tabled in the 1870s. The line had been completed, but not used until 1889, when the Mortlake Despatch ran a newspaper article questioning why the line was not yet in operation. The line was officially opened on 4 February 1890. Soon after, additional facilities were provided, such as a windmill, 10 ton weighbridge and stockyards.[1] The Koonendah Railway Station Post Office opened on 1 December 1890 but closed in 1891.[2]

The line was closed to all traffic on Tuesday, 1 August 1978.[3] Dismantling of the line occurred during May/June 1988.[4]

Station guide[edit]

Mortlake railway line
Terminus: Terang Station
Junction: Port Fairy Line
Terang Racecourse Station
Koonendah Station
Mortlake Station

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Mortlake Line", Rail Geelong. Retrieved 07/06/2011.
  2. ^ Premier Postal History, Post Office List, retrieved 10 July 2013
  3. ^ "Traffic". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. September 1978. p. 185.
  4. ^ "Works". Newsrail. Australian Railway Historical Society. August 1988. p. 253.

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