Vic: Tatong Line

 
  steamfreak711 Locomotive Driver

I drove from Benalla to Mansfield a couple of weeks back, I was wondering if there are any signs of the old Tatong line anywhere?  I gather it must have crossed the Midland Highway twice, once between Karn and Lima, and again between Lima and Mallum (near Swanpool somewhere?)

Cheers,
Trevor.

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  John of Melbourne The Ghost of George Stephenson

Location: Melbourne suburbs
[quote="steamfreak711"]I drove from Benalla to Mansfield a couple of weeks back, I was wondering if there are any signs of the old Tatong line anywhere? I gather it must have crossed the Midland Highway twice, once between Karn and Lima, and again between Lima and Mallum (near Swanpool somewhere?)

Cheers,
Trevor.[/quote]The Tatong line remained on the east side of the Broken River, so it did not cross the Midland Highway.

Many years ago I found evidence (shallow cuttings) of the railway where it crossed Castle Hill Road. The maps mentioned below show the line crossing lots of (small) watercourses, so if you can get access to the route of the line (probably mostly through farms now) I would expect that evidence of the line (small cuttings and embankments, and culverts or bridges) should be easy to find.

The Victorian maps at [url]http://www.land.vic.gov.au/web/root/domino/cm_da/lcnlc2.nsf/cd/Land_Channel_Start?OpenDocument[/url] show most of the route of the Tatong railway.

If you are not familiar with these maps (and I wasn't until someone else posted the address on these forums), follow these instructions.
[list=1][*]Click on [color=blue]Interactive Maps [/color]on the right-hand side[*]scroll to the bottom of the conditions and press the [color=blue]I accept [/color]button[*]Type [color=blue]Swanpool[/color] in the Suburb/Town/Locality box and press the Search button.[/list:o]This will show the area around Swanpool, with Swanpool highlighted. You can then pan around and/or zoom in, right to the point of showing property boundaries. You will need to be patient while it updates, however (on a dial-up line, at least).
  ninthnotch Dr Beeching

Location: Not here. Try another castle.
I know that the stub of the Tatong line existed for some years after the lines closed as an oil siding, even crossing the SG line.  IIRC it closed in the 1970's/1980's although more details will be appreciated
  steamfreak711 Locomotive Driver

The Tatong line remained on the east side of the Broken River, so it did not cross the Midland Highway.
"John of Melbourne"


Okay, so Lima station was not quite at Lima town then?  I drove via Tatong once and I was pretty sure I saw some shallow cuttings and embankments heading in a westerly direction from Tatong.

Thanks for the map link BTW - great maps.

Cheers,
Trevor.
  T411 Moderator

Location: Somewhere
The formation can be seen where it would have crossed the Hume Freeway. I've seen it travelling the highway but can't remember whether it was northbound or southbound. I think southbound and not visible northbound but can't remember for sure.
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
There are faint traces of the old Tatong station site, located on the western side of the creek that the Tatong hamlet is on the east side of.
Proceding NW along the road toward Karn & Swanpool small cuttings & embankments can be seen, not a lot to be seen on what was a lightly constructed & lightly used branchline.
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Exit...Stage Left!
Earlier this year there was some sort of celebration out at Tatong, possibly the centenary? The SRHC ran a tour to Benalla which connected with a bus that went out to the celebrations. There is now a replica station board to mark the former station site, which was onsite before the event.

I believe the South Lima station may have actually been named after a farm that it ran through, rather than the nearby hamlet.

If you are thinking of paying a visit to the area, make sure you visit the Tatong pub - very nice!
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
Lima railway station was named after the Lima district, the centre of which is to the west of the village of Swanpool.
Lima South is further south near Lake Nillacootie.

That whole region was once Lima Station, a large property my grandfather once worked on alongside Ned Kelly's younger brother Jim.
  johnq Beginner

The remnants of one of the old bridges can be seen in Google Maps here (follow the line of South St down to the river)...


  woodford Chief Commissioner

There's plenty of evidence of the old line, the alighnment is clearly visible from the air and whee one is looking directly down where the line was.

If you take a trip down the Samaria rd, when on cross the creek just on the outskirts of Benalla, the line was around 200 metres to the west, one can see the remanents of the old bridges. Just after crossing the creek the line vears of the east and ran immediately west of the road from just south of the freeway, right out until the road turns slightly east. Part of th way down this road is a gate way to farm that is still set back from where the line was.

Drive out the road a few more kilometres to Karn rd, right down the end of this road just to the north is the site of Karn station.

Around another 8 to 10 kilometres further out is Castle Hill rd, drive down there (be carefull the road is narrow with  some blind corners) Just after the road straightens out after crossing a creek was Lima Station, there is a station sign near the old embankment. One can see some cattle yards some 200 metres down the old line these are what was left of the original yards..Note when the line was there the yard for the station went around another 50 metres to the east of the existing road. The road went around to the east to a level crossing 50 metres or so away from the existing crossing. Just to the north of the line in the paddock only 50 metres west of the road was the old goods shed, the stations platform being a few more metres west on the other side of the line.

Now go back down Castle hill road and turn south down Samaria road and near the Tatong road intersection (well somewhere around there) on the right is a mile post from the line. If one goes a round 500 metres south. Just past Morngag creks is the sight of another station. It is also.sign posted. Now go back to the Tatong rd an turn down it, just wher the old Tatong rd turns of for many years was the remains of the timber cattle grid from the level crossing.

The new Tatong rd runs along the old alignment so little remains, the road actualy appears to run over where the platform was. If one stops and has a look at the northern end of the old yard in the paddock is an introduced tree. I believe this is where the station residence was.

There is a number of photos of the old line in the Tatong pub, stop there for lunch (I hope) and have a look, when I was there I believe some of the captions on these  were not real accurate.

woodford
  JordyWilliamLancaster Beginner

Location: Chelsea Heights, Victoria, Australia
The houses on Sailsbury street near Jean Crescent show the formation of where the line use to be

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