Rail breakthrough at Cowra

 

News article: Rail breakthrough at Cowra

The NSW Government is calling for private sector Registrations of Interest (ROI) to restore, operate and maintain the disused Blayney and Demondrille rail line.

  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
The NSW Government is calling for private sector Registrations of Interest (ROI) to restore, operate and maintain the disused Blayney and Demondrille rail line.



And Young’s mayor Stuart Freudenstein is hopeful.

From NZ
Good rails news for a change.
A most positive step to recondition and operate this  historic and strategic connect between the Western lines and the Southern Lines;I have many times travelled on passengers services,and tramped along the formations;it has been well documented historically in many publications. ,Cowra will nostalgically  be remembered for its RRR. The LVR will be happy too ?
John Arnold
Rail breakthrough at Cowra


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  cootanee Chief Commissioner

Location: Waiting for the sky to fall, the seas to rise... and seeing a train on the SSFL!
NSW Thread http://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11375603.htm
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
Been a while since Cowra rails have had updates.If there are no such future plans to utilise the old track,has there been a formal closure declaration.?How many ks of track still are in situ between Blayney and Demondrille?I understand the road/  rail crossings  and bridges in Cowra town streets have been removed,but what of the embankmens?maybe a bike trail ?
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
A family member has recently visited Cowra station area.She reports old station building still kept in fair condition, a few tracks and signals.
  Pressman Spirit of the Vine

Location: Wherever the Tin Chook or Qantas takes me
Been a while since Cowra rails have had updates.If there are no such future plans to utilise the old track,has there been a formal closure declaration.?How many ks of track still are in situ between Blayney and Demondrille?I understand the road/  rail crossings  and bridges in Cowra town streets have been removed,but what of the embankmens?maybe a bike trail ?
jayrail
John, the bridges that were removed where on the long closed Canowindra branch line on the west side of Cowra. The line between Blayney and Demondrille is on the east side of the town.
As far as I remember the line is intact, but I seem to recall there was some damage a year or two ago from flooding.
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
I read where the Blayney-Demondrille branch is still on the future  strategic planning for NSW,the Carcoar tunnel may  need topping?
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
Just wish an update here,press on local issues indicate current Govt  considering to reinstate E/S lines
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
Just wish an update here,press on local issues indicate current Govt  considering to reinstate E/S lines
jayrail
Good news! I've always wanted a chance to travel on the E/S lines.

WTF are the E/S lines?
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Any sources please @jayrail?
  neillfarmer Chief Train Controller

The Blayney to Harden line closed for want of traffic. I think there was an attempt to reopen it but again nobody used it except the odd heritage train. What is different now? Still no traffic for it.
Neill Farmer
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Mentionned elswewhere.  The NSW Government in association with Grain Corp announced last year funding to commence reactivation of the Harden Line from Demondrille to one of Grain Corp's maxi grain handing sites north of Young.   Sitting at the airport using a mobile phone so I can't add references etc but will be under Transport for New South Wales web site.
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
@Trainplanner is referring to a project in the Fixing Country Rail program - $5m was allocated to reopening Demondrille to Maimuru.

https://www.transport.nsw.gov.au/projects/programs/fixing-country-rail

I have heard very little about this since then.  I did hear from a contact in the region that Hilltops Council (which is the successor to Young, Harden and Boorowa Councils) was having a difficult time getting the business case to stack up.  Though they could have been going through the council transition process too which would not be a simple task, so it could have been placed on the back burner.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Would the reopening be mainly for grain or for intermodal?
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
Mainly grain, some longer term potential mining, but there is some intermodal from the Blayney area that could conceivably be short lined to somewhere on the main south and added to southbound trains if a train operator wanted to do it.

Refer to report at this link

http://www.weddin.nsw.gov.au/Media/WeddinShireCouncil/Engineering/TaskforceReport.pdf
  james.au Chief Commissioner

Location: Sydney, NSW
A quick bit of googling has revealed the below.  Id suggest that instead of Demondrille-Maimuru, they're going to have another go at getting the whole line reopened.

http://www.blayneychronicle.com.au/story/4594140/all-aboard-railway-line-study-begins/

The Blayney to Cowra line has been silent for ten years, but Blayney mayor Scott Ferguson hopes a new report that has just begun on the state of the line, will be the impetus to see the line reopened.

“We’ve been advocating for many years now the importance of the line being opened from Demondrille all the way to Blayney as we can see the importance of linking with the southern line that goes all the way to Melbourne,” he said.

The study has been commissioned by the four councils covered by the line including Blayney Shire, Cowra, Hilltops and Weddin.
Stuart Sutherland  the Managing Director of Lycopodium Infrastructure, the company hired to complete the study, said that rail lines are a long-term asset and that the track was in fairly good condition.

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Blayney Chronicle
  Trainplanner Chief Commissioner

Location: Along the Line
Yes James.au.  Need to make the distinction between the project to re-eastiblish operations over the whole line versus Graincorp initiative as far as Merrimu.

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