Shepparton to Narrandera freight rail link revival hope

 

News article: Shepparton to Narrandera freight rail link revival hope

HOPES of a Shepparton to Narrandera freight rail link have been revived in what could be a massive boost for producers in the Goulburn Valley and Murrumbidgee.

  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
This could stimulate the change to stabdard gauge and reduce transit times to Melbourne for the MIA and other ports like Geelong.

Shepparton to Narrandera freight rail link revival hope

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  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
did some one just imply what I think?



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DEFEND SUPIRIOR BROAD GUAGE
  awsgc24 Minister for Railways

Location: Sydney
This could stimulate the change to standard gauge and reduce transit times to Melbourne for the MIA and other ports like Geelong.

Shepparton to Narrandera freight rail link revival hope
freightgate
The map in this link won't stop scrolling, so it is hard to understand.

The map also does not seem to show most/all existing lines.
  Lad_Porter Chief Commissioner

Location: Yarra Glen
The line from Narrandera was closed (in part at least) because of the extensive and high-maintenance timber trestle bridges over the Murrumbidgee flood plain.  A new or reopened line would still have to cross the flood plain, so it would be interesting to see how that would be done.

Such a line would obviously be SG, so to provide a link south of Tocumwal, the line through Shepparton would also have to be SG, probably connecting to the existing SG at Seymour?  Implying that V/Line would have to provide SG passenger services to Shepparton.  Implying that Toolamba-Echuca must also become SG?  North of Echuca?

So there's a lot more to it than just reopening Narrandera to Tocumwal.  BG may well be "SUPIRIOR" , but it aint going to happen.

...... leaving the SRHC only able to run trips towards Melbourne ......
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
This route was considere for the inland railway perhaps it should have been choosen ?
  Lockspike Chief Commissioner

The line from Narrandera was closed (in part at least) because of the extensive and high-maintenance timber trestle bridges over the Murrumbidgee flood plain.  A new or reopened line would still have to cross the flood plain, so it would be interesting to see how that would be done.
Lad_Porter
The spans across the Murrumbidgee floodplain are ballast top timber spans, (but only for a short time - soon they will be communing with all the flora and fauna on the ground), while the bridge over the river is another of Whitton's iron lattice through truss bridges. For those who have been following the thread on the Albury Wodonga bridge over the Murray (and the Cooma line's big bridges); ditto, all the same applies. The Narrandera bridge would need extensive work, or a new bridge...
  DL_Daily Junior Train Controller

2 road crossings cut, 1 would need to be raised south of Gillenbah from the river to allow road traffic under it
1 overpass bypassed, new rail or road overpass required
1 creek crossing removed (jerilderie) need to be rebuilt
Numerous trestles collapsing as previously mentioned would need to be replaced
Several washouts would need to be rebuilt

Certainly would take a huge amount of dollars to replace all of the structures involved and would like to see it happen but not going to hold my breath.
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
2 road crossings cut, 1 would need to be raised south of Gillenbah from the river to allow road traffic under it
1 overpass bypassed, new rail or road overpass required
1 creek crossing removed (jerilderie) need to be rebuilt
Numerous trestles collapsing as previously mentioned would need to be replaced
Several washouts would need to be rebuilt

Certainly would take a huge amount of dollars to replace all of the structures involved and would like to see it happen but not going to hold my breath.
DL_Daily
Most of NSW's long abandoned railways are In a real bad way.

To reopen them would require them be be fully demolished and rebuilt from the formation up.

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