Yallourn 900mm Railway
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The Yallourn 900mm Railway was a 900 mm (2 ft 11 7⁄16 in) narrow gauge railway operated by the State Electricity Commission of Victoria in the Latrobe Valley of Victoria, Australia. The railway was built for the haulage of brown coal and overburden between the Yallourn open cut mine, briquette works, and power station. The Morwell Interconnecting Railway (ICR) was later constructed, linking the Yallourn mine complex with the Hazelwood open cut, briquette works, and power station.
The network used overhead wire electrification, and track in the open cut mine was frequently moved using special track shifters. Locomotives were supplied by Henschel & Son, Siemens, and Hitachi. Use of the electric locomotive declined in later years, with diesel locomotives used on the Interconnecting Railway in the 1990s.
The Yallourn railway commenced operation with the power station, being replaced by conveyor belts in 1984. The Morwell Interconnecting Railway opened with the Hazelwood complex, and crossed the main Gippsland railway by an overpass at Hernes Oak. The ICR was replaced by diesel locomotive haulage in 1993, with railway operations ending in October 2000 and the track was lifted between September and December 2001. A number of wagons from the railway after closure were acquired by the Walhalla Goldfields Railway and regauged for their use. A locomotive and coal wagon from the line are preserved at the North Williamstown railway museum.
Loaded wagons dumping overburden
- Vines, J.A. (1994). Train Systems - Yallourn and Morwell Open Cuts. Generation Victoria.