Balranald railway line

The Balranald railway line was a Victorian Railways broad gauge line that branched from Barnes on the Deniliquin railway line and ran to Balranald. The building of the line was sanctioned under the Border Railways Act 1922.[3]

Balranald railway line
Overview
StatusClosed
LocaleRiverina, New South Wales, Australia
Coordinates36°01′34″S 144°47′27″E / 36.026°S 144.7909°E / -36.026; 144.7909
Termini
StationsWakool, Moulamein
History
Opened26 March 1926 (1926-03-26)
Closed beyond Moulamein1986 (1986)
Closed beyond CaldwellMarch 9, 2006 (2006-03-09)[1]
Closed beyond BarnesMay 12, 2008 (2008-05-12)
ClosedMay 12, 2008 (2008-05-12)
Technical
Line length193.53 km (120.25 mi)[2]
Track gauge1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Operating speed30 km/h (19 mph)[1]
Route map

km
from Melbourne
455.981
Balranald
Yangalake
Impimi
Moolpa
Perekerten
Berambong
389.078
Moulamein
372.601
Dhuragoon
364.655
Niemur
357.896
Jimaringle
345.735
Burraboi
334.691
Wakool
324.281
Yallakool
313.797
Caldwell
304.694
Tantonan
295.370
Bunnaloo
287.313
Thyra
279.175
Womboota
271.320
Benarca
Deniliquin railway line
to Deniliquin
262.454
Barnes
Deniliquin railway line
to Echuca and Melbourne
[2]

The Balranald branch line was opened on 26 March 1926. The section from Moulamein to Balranald was closed in 1986. The bridge across Yanga Creek near Balranald was subsequently demolished to make way for a realignment of the Sturt Highway.[4] Segments between Caldwell and Moulamein and Barnes and Caldwell were closed in 2006 and 2008 respectively.[5]

References

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  1. ^ a b "Line Data Moulamein Line". VICSIG. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Balranald Line". NSWrail.net. Retrieved 20 December 2015.
  3. ^ "NSW Railway Lines Other Than Standard Gauge". Retrieved 17 March 2013.
  4. ^ McNicol, Steve & Woodland, Tony (2010). Bridging the Murray: A Study of the Rail Crossings. Railmac Publications. p. 30. ISBN 978-1-86477-076-6.
  5. ^ "Balranald Line". www.nswrail.net. Retrieved 17 January 2020.