JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Why was the line to St Mary's lifted and when did this occur please?

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  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
No traffic from there. I think it was lifted in late 80s/early 90s
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
No traffic from there. I think it was lifted in late 80s/early 90s
Z1NorthernProgress2110

What a shame. Look at the easement on googlemaps and you will see large timber plantations near St Mary's.  Australia is so backward when it comes to rail.

Tasrail have published a current map of the network.

  Peter-Hem Locomotive Driver

Location: Tassie
Tasmanian Rail News no. 161 (April 1988) had a short passage about X30.
X30 was sold to St Marys Lions Club with the intention of displaying the engine at St Marys Station. On the 23 March 1988 it was attached to a double ZB train and forwarded to Fingal. From there it continued on under its own power to St Marys having to slowly battle through thick gorse bushes over a meter tall along the way. This was the last movement on the Fingal to St Marys line, the line was taken up soon after.
  12CSVT Chief Commissioner

Location: Drowning in accreditation red tape!
Furthermore, after about 12 years getting slowly trashed by vandals in St. Marys yard, X30 was sold to DVR and removed to New Norfolk, where it remains in storage awaiting rebuild. Whilst the cab was wrecked, it is still meant to be in good condition mechanically. After the rebuild of X18 is complete, the decision whether to select X30 first or X10, still hasn't been 100% decided.
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
Tasrail have published a current map of the network.
BenGibbons

They need to update that map, Tonganah to Scottsdale is being lifted for a rail trail.
  MEASWELL Locomotive Driver

Location: werribee/tullamarine
Issue 115 of AMRM (August 1982) has an article on St Mary's with pictures, diagrams & a comprehensive description of traffic etc if anyone is interested.

I think I still have a copy in a box I got from my late father which is in the shed but i'm not definite.

But I notice you can still order it in back issues on the AMRM website for the princely sum of $1.80
  BP4417 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Launceston, Tasmania
Why was the line to St Mary's lifted and when did this occur please?
BenGibbons
I think the St Marys section of the Fingal Line was lifted during the Holgate Government and AN era due to declining traffic and I believe the catalyst for lifting was some heavier rail section was required elsewhere in the network.
However I do know the Cornwall Coal Company wanted 300,000 tons of coal annually transported from Cornwall to Fingal at this time. Cornwall intended to build the loading hopper just past the old Cornwall screens empty wagon roads. It wanted the owner of the railway at the time to extend the old branch from Cullenswood past the old Cornwall screens empty wagon roads. This request was knocked back. So this loading went by road transport to the detriment of the highway and other road users.
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
They need to update that map, Tonganah to Scottsdale is being lifted for a rail trail.
lkernan

Once the cancer sets in it just keeps going.  Traffic at Tonganha please and when did this traffic cease?
  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Once the cancer sets in it just keeps going.  Traffic at Tonganha please and when did this traffic cease?
JimYarin
I think it was finished pine products, but the major user was clay to APPM in Burnie. Sometime around 1994-95? All the freight to the NE line collapsed in a very short space of time. Logs, phosphate, timber and clay. Probably the loss (business closed) of  some making the remainder less viable, however today most of the former rail traffic is simply gone, period.

Realistically the whole NE line will be lifted as it has no future. Even Tasrail P/L who lowered the track bed through the tunnel said it was a waste of money project they should have never undertaken as they were never able to tap into the container traffic significantly and now most of the former traffic is simply gone.
  Z1NorthernProgress2110 Chief Commissioner

Location: Burnie, Tasmania
Even Tasrail P/L who lowered the track bed through the tunnel said it was a waste of money project they should have never undertaken as they were never able to tap into the container traffic significantly and now most of the former traffic is simply gone.
RTT_Rules
Errrr, ATN lowered the track bed through the tunnel at Tunnel, not Tasrail P/L.
  siroch Locomotive Driver

Errrr, ATN lowered the track bed through the tunnel at Tunnel, not Tasrail P/L.
Z1NorthernProgress2110
Errrrr, ATN registered the business as Tasrail Pty Ltd.  Current TasRail is Tasmanian Railway Pty Ltd.
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
Errrr, ATN lowered the track bed through the tunnel at Tunnel, not Tasrail P/L.
Z1NorthernProgress2110

What is the location of this tunnel please?
  lkernan Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
What is the location of this tunnel please?
BenGibbons

It's in the imaginatively named locality of Tunnel, passing under Tunnel road.

  RTT_Rules Oliver Bullied, CME

Location: Dubai UAE
Errrr, ATN lowered the track bed through the tunnel at Tunnel, not Tasrail P/L.
Z1NorthernProgress2110
No Errr about it, you could have politely said don't you mean "ATN Tasrail" for which I would have said, yes thank you.

It was "AN Tasrail", then became "ATN Tasrail" but I also remember the term "Tasrail P/L" being used at the time to indicate private ownership version but when I typed the previous post I couldn't for the life of me remember the term "ATN" (thanks Sircorh.)
  theesp Train Controller

Ok so when was the last revenue train to St Marys and what was it?

Someone would have this info somewhere....

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