Toolamba–Echuca railway line

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Toolamba - Echuca railway line, Victoria
Toolamba - Echuca line map
Line details
Opened 1880
Completed 1887
Length 67.178 km (41.742 mi)
Stations 8
Tracks 1
Used by Freight only line
Type Branch
Rail transport in Victoria

The Toolamba–Echuca railway is a cross-country link between the towns of Toolamba and Echuca. As a railway route to and from Echuca, it provides an alternative to the usual route via Bendigo. The line has not been used for passenger services since 1981, and goods movements on the line are intermittent, with it being booked out of service at times. The line was re-opened for goods traffic while there was track work on the line between Seymour and Shepparton.On 3 October 2013 the line was re-opened after a upgrade.

History[edit]

The last passenger service from Echuca station along the Toolamba–Echuca line ran on 2 March 1981 with Y class diesel locomotive Y161, an ABE carriage and a C van. This consist had only been introduced a few months prior, with a DERM usually being rostered.[1] Toolamba finally closed as a station on 20 December 1987.[2][3]

During the Regional Fast Rail project, the line was used while work was being undertaken on the main line to Echuca via Bendigo. The line was also used by Freight Australia to send rice traffic from north of Echuca into Melbourne. On 3 October 2013 the line was re-instated for use by freight trains after an upgrade.[4]

There have been plans for the line to be converted to standard gauge to provide standard gauge access to Echuca, but they have not yet eventuated.

Line guide[edit]

Toolamba – Echuca Railway
Shepparton line at Toolamba station
Hendersyde
177.12 km Tatura
182.06 km Byrneside
189.37 km Merrigum
199.57 km Kyabram
Ky Valley
210.45 km Tongala
RMSP 28
217.31 km Koyuga
224.50 km Kanyapella
RMSP 30
228.30 km Echuca Racecourse
Deniliquin line at Echuca station

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Rail Passenger Service Withdrawals Since 1960" Newsrail March 1997 pages 77–82
  2. ^ Bob Whitehead (2008). Tocumwal Railway Centenary. 
  3. ^ Toolamba Echuca Line Vicsig
  4. ^ Mulder reopens Edchuca-Toolamba rail line ABC News 3 October 2013