Roseworthy-Peterborough railway line

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Roseworthy-Peterborough railway line
Railway bridge on Light river at Hamley Bridge.JPG
Bridge over the Light River at Hamley Bridge (2010)
SystemSouth Australian Railways
Continues fromMorgan line
Continues asPeterborough-Quorn line
OpenedRoseworthy-Forresters: 3 July 1869
Forresters-Manoora: 21 February 1870
Manoora-Burra: 29 August 1870
Burra-Hallett: 10 March 1878
Hallett-Terowie: 14 December 1880
Terowie-Peterborough: 11 May 1881
ClosedHallett-Peterborough: 26 July 1988
Burra-Hallet: 14 November 1990
Operator(s)South Australian Railways
Australian National Australian Southern Railroad
Line length199.1 km (123.7 mi)
Track gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Old gauge1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in) north of Terowie until 1970
Route map

Blue represents standard gauge since 1970
break of gauge until 1970
Whyte Yarcowie
Mount Bryan
Farrell Flat
Wakefield River
Spalding line
Gilbert River
Hamley Bridge-Gladstone line
Hamley Bridge
Light River
Morgan line
to Gawler & Adelaide

The Roseworthy-Peterborough railway line was a railway line on the South Australian Railways network. It extended from a junction at Roseworthy on the Morgan railway line through Hamley Bridge, Riverton, initially to Tarlee, then extended in stages to Peterborough.


The Burra Burra railway was initially proposed as early as 1850, before any other railways north from Port Adelaide.[2] Before anything was done about this, the Gawler railway line was built in 1857, and extended to Kapunda in 1860 (and eventually to Morgan in 1878, see Morgan railway line).[3] The first stage of the broad gauge Burra line from a junction at Roseworthy to Forresters (now Tarlee) opened on 3 July 1869.[4] It extended to Manoora on 21 February 1870, Burra on 29 August 1870,[5] Hallett on 10 March 1878 and Terowie on 14 December 1880.[6][7]

Terowie was a break of gauge station with the line continuing north to Peterborough as a narrow gauge line, opening on 11 May 1881. On 12 January 1970, this 22.9-kilometre section was converted to broad gauge, thus making Peterborough the break of gauge point with the narrow gauge Peterborough to Quorn and standard gauge Port Pirie to Broken Hill lines. Regular Australian National passenger services ceased in December 1986, with the line north of Hallett closed on 26 July 1988, followed by the Burra to Hallet section on 14 November 1990.[7][8] The line north of Burra was removed in 1992/93.

The last passenger train was a SteamRanger train hauled by steam locomotive 621 on 19 September 1992. Grain services last operated in January 1999, with the line last used by an Australian Southern Railroad locomotive in March 2004.[9] In theory the line remains open in a dormant condition but has not seen a train in many years.


  1. ^ South Australia. Chief Engineer for Railways; Vaughan, A. (Alfred); South Australia. Surveyor-General's Office (1910), Map shewing lines of railways in South Australia, Novr. 1910, Surveyor General's Office, retrieved 1 December 2015
  2. ^ "South Australian Railway". Adelaide Times. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 10 January 1850. p. 4. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  3. ^ "Public Works Opening of the North-West Bend Railway". The South Australian Advertiser. Adelaide: National Library of Australia. 2 November 1878. p. 9. Retrieved 21 February 2016.
  4. ^ "Roseworthy and Forresters Railway". South Australian Chronicle and Weekly Mail. Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 10 July 1869. p. 12. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Opening of the Northern Extension Railway". South Australian Register. Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 30 August 1870. p. 5. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  6. ^ "Opening of the Hallett and Terowie Railway". Evening Journal. Adelaide, SA: National Library of Australia. 15 December 1880. p. 3 Edition: 2nd. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  7. ^ a b Quinlan, Howard; Newland, John (2000). Australian Railway Routes 1854 - 2000. Redfern: Australian Railway Historical Society. pp. 55, 56, 58. ISBN 0 909650 49 7.
  8. ^ Minutes 30 March 2011 Heritage Advisory Committee, Regional Council of Goyder
  9. ^ Michelle (9 April 2015). "Burra Railway Station Official Re-Opening". Archived from the original on 22 December 2015. Retrieved 14 December 2015.