I’m looking into visiting Tas in a few months time, and I wouldn’t mind checking out the line from Conara to St Marys.
My question is, other than Conara Jct, Fingal and St Marys stations, is there anything else left to see along that line?
I’d be keen to see station buildings, but really any evidence of station sites and I’ll stop for a photo!
I did this 22 years ago so alot has likely changed and others more local may step in.
But 22 years ago,
- Fingal was a nice station in good condition that got the rare tourist service, not sure in recent years if so lucky. Ducan is the terminus of the line a km or so beyond the station and is basically a "Y" with coal line off to one side. I don't know if you can walk up there without breaking any laws/raising some concern. The mine is next to the road, with line curving up against the road. You maybe able to see some action.
Fingal yard was being used for a short time to again load logs, but I believe long stopped.
- St Mary's station was still in good nic, but basically a museum setup with static pieces of rolling stock, the X class, which was last movement on the line to St Mary's and I believe was a bit of a challenge with the long grass has thankfully being taken for preservation elsewhere. The station is listed on Google as a Museum and you can see from Street View some railway infrastructure still exists. The Line to St Mary's has basically been removed with except 22 years ago of St Mary's yard and its very light rail.
Just west of St Mary's is Cornwall Road, you should be able to see the remains of a former ROW branch. The junction is 500m off the highway and you can see clearly on Google Maps.
- Rest of the corridor, the only thing I remember
- Township of Avoca had some relics in the old yard, locals were however not that friendly. Avoca is only other town on the railway.
- Another coal loading yard, cannot remember where but I remember seeing the wagons from highway near Avoca, but I believe closed now anyway
- Conara is the station, junction with both legs to the branch running through the town so easy to see and as well as storage yards and passing loops from the highway.
Enjoy the trip, its a nice day drive from L'ton. The line being a single commodity line (unless logs have returned) and that commodity being coal for a paper mill probably means it doesn't have a long-term future. An electrician I once worked with said he remembers fixing a compressor on a container wagon in the St Mary's yard used for transporting seafood in the early 80's and I think the yard may have had a basic container transfer crane, but this traffic will never return.