Line through Marong

 
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Hi all,

I often drive through Marong near Bendigo, two very well kept level crossings but judging by the rails very little train activity. Can anyone let me know what passes through on that line?

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  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Nothing at the present time.  The line has been washed away on the Inglewood side of the line around 1km from the junction wit the line from Maryborough.  

A great example of victoria not maintaining infrastructure damaged in the 2011 floods.

Regards
Brian
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Interesting, thanks Brian.

So despite a non functioning line the crossings are so well maintained that you could expect a train at any time. What was it used for and it cannot be missed if it has been closed since 2011.
  NOELWB Locomotive Driver

Hi all,

I often drive through Marong near Bendigo, two very well kept level crossings but judging by the rails very little train activity. Can anyone let me know what passes through on that line?
ScottAus
The line has not been used since damage caused by the January 2011 floods. I believe there is extensive and expensive bridge damage between Marong and Inglewood. Trains using the northern section of this line are now diverted from Inglewood to Maryborough rather than Bendigo.
  NOELWB Locomotive Driver

Interesting, thanks Brian.

So despite a non functioning line the crossings are so well maintained that you could expect a train at any time. What was it used for and it cannot be missed if it has been closed since 2011.
ScottAus
The line north of Inglewood is still used for grain trains. The line between Eaglehawk and Inglewood on which your level crossings are located, was extensively used during the RFR works on the Bengigo line. Grain trains from the Swan Hill line ran in push/pull mode up to Inglewood and then across to Maryborough.
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
So really no use for it for now.
  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
So really no use for it for now.
"ScottAus"


Except that you cant get from the north west into bendigo/echuca/etc at present. Not that there is much call for that traffic at present, although i imagine it is the shorter route to melbourne from the north west
  NOELWB Locomotive Driver

Except that you cant get from the north west into bendigo/echuca/etc at present. Not that there is much call for that traffic at present, although i imagine it is the shorter route to melbourne from the north west
Galron
The line could be used to divert all freight off the Bendigo line, but to do that efficiently a triangle link line would need to be provided at Eaglehawk and Inglewood and the the damaged line/bridges repaired. From memory (which may be faulty) the relatively high level bridge at Bridgewater was repaired imediately after the floods but the damage further north has not been repaired.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
So really no use for it for now.
ScottAus

Other than it would provide redundancy in the network which is always a good thing.

Also what ever happened to the boort goods?

Regards
Brian
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Waterwheel mill at Bridgewater provided significant traffic for the line in years gone by.  It was also a popular line for running short heritage tours from Bendigo in the 1980s (often to Inglewood and back).

The last time I can remember it being used was in October 2008 when Steamrail ran a tour to Wycheproof with R761 and two diesels.  R761 and T356 split from the consist at Wyche and ran to Bendigo with the coal wagon in tow (R761 tender first).  R761 was turned at Bendigo before leading back to Melbourne.  (It's on Youtube)

So it's quite possible that R761 was the last loco to use the line and symbolically did so looking back upon it waving goodbye... Sad
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Is there any reason why waterwheel could not receive grain again via rail?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Is there any reason why waterwheel could not receive grain again via rail?
bevans
It went bust in 2000 (John Elliott saga).  Laucke Flour Mills now run it.  I vaguely remember something about a tussle over govt subsidies and transport many years ago...
  Campaspe Junior Train Controller

Carnot might be right about the last train details, as the line between Eaglehawk and Inglewood was booked out of service on Thursday, 12 November 2009.

Regards

Campaspe
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
So really no use for it for now.
ScottAus
You seem to be rather eager to see this specific piece of infrastructure removed. Do you mind if I ask why?
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
You seem to be rather eager to see this specific piece of infrastructure removed. Do you mind if I ask why?
Gman_86
Oh pure curiosity, I am relatively new to the area and was just confused where you see very well maintained rail crossings and unused tracks.
  Daryl Junior Train Controller

Location: Carrum Downs
I think of "Yes Minister" with the new hospital with 500 staff but has no patients. "it was the best run hospital in the country".

The level crossings are probably maintained by VicRoads (I'm only guessing that)

I was told about the Daylesford line in the year or so before it was closed that VR maintained the track near the level crossings for the track circuitry so ride quality was terrible until the train approached a level crossing.

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