Tailem Bend railway station

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Tailem Bend
Station front in January 2010
Location Railway Terrace, Tailem Bend
Coordinates 35°15′18″S 139°27′23″E / 35.25500°S 139.45639°E / -35.25500; 139.45639Coordinates: 35°15′18″S 139°27′23″E / 35.25500°S 139.45639°E / -35.25500; 139.45639
Line(s) Adelaide-Wolseley
Distance 120.50 kilometres from Adelaide
Platforms 1
Structure type Ground
Other information
Status Closed
Opened 7 October 1913
Closed 1996

Tailem Bend railway station is located on the Adelaide-Wolseley line in Tailem Bend, South Australia.[1] It is also the junction point for the Loxton and Pinnaroo lines.


Tailem Bend station opened on 7 October 1913 as a station on the Adelaide-Wolseley line.[2] It became a junction station with the Pinnaroo line constructed in 1906 and the Brown's Well line in 1913. The Brown's Well line was eventually extended to Barmera in 1928, and had several branches with trains that operated back to Tailem Bend. Trains on the Peebinga, Loxton, Moorook and Waikerie lines all passed through Tailem Bend.[3] All were built as broad gauge lines. On 27 June 1926, locomotive servicing facilities were opened including a roundhouse.[4]

In 1995, as part of the One Nation program the Adelaide-Wolseley line was converted to standard gauge, and Tailem Bend became a break of gauge station.[5] In 1996 the station closed, and on 22 May 2005, it was reopened as a museum.[2][6] In 1998, the remaining branch lines to Pinnaroo and Loxton were converted to standard gauge.[7][8] These two lines, which are exclusively served by grain trains, are expected to close in July 2015.[9][10]


  1. ^ Mid North & Murray Mallee map Archived 2015-02-02 at the Wayback Machine. SA Track & Signal
  2. ^ a b Tailem Bend Railway Museum South Australian Community History
  3. ^ South Australian Railways map Johnny's Pages
  4. ^ Callaghan, WH (1992). The Overland Railway. Sydney: Australian Railway Historical Society. p. 124. ISBN 0 909650 29 2. 
  5. ^ Tailem Bend Archived 2016-02-28 at the Wayback Machine. National Railway Museum
  6. ^ "Tailem Bend Railway Station celebrates centenary" Railway Digest December 2013 page 19
  7. ^ Non-Metropolitan Railways (Transfer) Act 1997 Government of South Australia
  8. ^ Pinnaroo Line When there were stations
  9. ^ Freight Study & Rail Operations Investigation Flywheel Advisory 17 November 2014
  10. ^ "Penrice stoney and SBR iron trains cease, Riverland lines future uncertain" Railway Digest August 2014 page 19

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