Are tracks still down on the southern side?
Cootamundra West Railway Station: how did that happen?
At the time it was envisaged there would be a direct SG link around the northern leg of the triangle to Adelaide via Hay and the station was built with this in mind. It never happened but the station is a reminder of these grand plans.Are there any maps of the possible route for this? Would it have gone via Mildura or somewhere further north?
Had it all happened we would not only have had two Melboune Expresses each way but an Adelaide Express as well.
Building is two story providing what upstairs accomodation?Yes, accommodation was on the second storey. There a a number of stations like this throughout NSW. I think they were built before sleeping cars and dining cars were introduced. Moss Vale, Werris Creek, Junee and there are no doubt more similar stations that searches of Goggle maps can discover.
Cootamundra West station was built to provide access to the nearby airport. Because of Sydney - Melbourne rivalry, when the International Air Route from Britain to Australia was established in the 1930's, the flights terminated at Cootamundra as the half way point between Sydney and Melbourne. Air passengers finished their journey to Sydney or Melbourne by train.I think the station at Cootamundra West dates from the duplication of the line to Cootamundra so around 1915 or so.
Are there any maps of the possible route for this? Would it have gone via Mildura or somewhere further north?I recall reading of a pre-WWI proposal to build a line Hay linking to Ouyen, so that one would have passed well to the south of Mildura. Loading for Mildura could have been detached at Ouyen to be picked up by a regular Mildura train, and there's a chance that Ouyen would have been the break of gauge junction.
At this point is appropriate that the far sighted proposals for the SA to Cootamundra railway be recognised as something that should have been done. The route was largely across easy country and would have given SA and WA a direct SG connection to the NSW seaboard and onward to Queensland. Only the Kalgoorlie to Perth section needed to be rebuilt in SG to provide a SG link across the nation, something that did not happen for another 50 years.From memory in the previous conversation, it was mentioned that the Victorians wouldn't allow it as they didn't want to lose the commerce.
It would be of interest to know why it was not done, there must have a been a serious intention as the CR purchased locomotives for the line.
Especially so as the interstate highways at that time were still dirt tracks in places and mostly unsealed.
You know i think I've been part of a discussion about this before. That route is obviously one that the Vic government (possibly even now) would not like as the production from the Mildura area would be able to go to Adelaide and Sydney, instead of exclusively through Melbourne.
Hay was built with extensive facilities as the plan was to change CR engines for NSWGR engines here.That could not have been the case, as the Commonwealth Railways (and the Commonwealth itself) did not exist at the time, the only railway to Port Augusta was a narrow gauge line to take agricultural exports to port, and there was very little desire for integration with WA.
That doesn't add up.You know i think I've been part of a discussion about this before. That route is obviously one that the Vic government (possibly even now) would not like as the production from the Mildura area would be able to go to Adelaide and Sydney, instead of exclusively through Melbourne.
I think it is far more likely that the SA Government objected than Victoria, who would have had little say in the proposal.
There is a snippet somewhere Im aware of a line being proposed from Combaning to maybe Narrandera/Yanco somewhere. That might have been part of it?Cootamundra West isn’t on the Hay line.
But if you wanted to you could get there by reversing at Griffith and Yanco....
It is possible that a more direct link from Hay to Griffith was considered...
But the connection being discussed was a standard gauge line to be built and operated by the Commonwealth Railways.
No revenue from that line would go to South Australia.