Whitfield railway line
|Type||Mixed passenger/goods service|
|Line length||49.1 km (30.5 mi)|
|Track gauge||762 mm (2 ft 6 in)|
The Whitfield railway line was a 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) narrow gauge railway located in north-eastern Victoria, Australia, branching from the main North East railway at Wangaratta to the terminus of Whitfield.
It was the first of four narrow gauge lines in Victoria. It was unlike the other lines in that it was built through mostly flat, open, agricultural country, following the King River. The 49.1 km line was built as a narrow gauge line because it was thought that it might be extended into the mountainous country to the south, but this extension never happened.
The line was opened in March 1899, and was the first line to close, in October 1953. The line relied mostly on local agricultural traffic, and opened with a daily mixed train. By the 1930s this had been reduced to a weekly goods service, and stayed at this level until the railway closed. There was only one lineside industry, a dairy at Moyhu, and the majority of stations were nameboards at road crossings.
Whitfield to Wangaratta Rail Heritage Trail
- "Railway to Tolmie". Kilmore Free Press (Kilmore, VIC : 1870-1954). Kilmore, VIC: National Library of Australia. 14 January 1909. p. 4 Edition: MORNING. Retrieved 27 June 2011.
- Railtrails Australia - Trail Description - Whitfield to Wangaratta Rail Heritage Trail