Castlemaine to Maryborough

 
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
I spotted a man in a high visibility jacket with a clipboard walking along the disused train line around Guildford the other day. I know the idea was muted a while ago of reopening this line, but figured it was a no go.

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Possibly assessing the damage done a couple of years back by the floods.
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
I spotted a man in a high visibility jacket with a clipboard walking along the disused train line around Guildford the other day. I know the idea was muted a while ago of reopening this line, but figured it was a no go.
ScottAus
He'll be a wealthy man when he's walked right along the line to Geelong...he's probably the guy who's being paid a cool $2M to report back to Minister Mulder regards the feasibility of reopening the line to passenger services. I definitely would have approached him about what he was doing with his clipboard.

Mike.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Is there any possibility that this line could be reopened for freight traffic in the not to distant future?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

In the near future, no. It needs a lot of work following the floods.
In any case, for what reason?  What traffic do you see it carrying?
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Just asking the question. To be honest I can't see it being used for a while either, let alone the damage being repaired. The cross country service Bendigp - Castlemaine - Maryborough - Ballarat - Geelong isn't likely to get up, and if so the chance of it using this line is even slimmer. I just thought I would put the question out there.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Fair enough.  It's only possible use would be to get freight traffic from north of Bendigo (Swan Hill and Echuca) off the passenger lines. Currently Echuca-Toolamba is being reopened to do just that for the Echuca (and beyond) traffic, and I reckon it would be cheaper to reopen (is it closed?) Eaglehawk-Inglewood and top-and-tail Swan Hill freights that way, avoiding any conflicts with the passenger at all. At least until Maryborough, but at the moment that's just one path each way per day, so fitting in alongside that is not really a problem.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
Would anybody be able to say when the line was last used, and what by?
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
Would anybody be able to say when the line was last used, and what by?
Gman_86
The new rail bridge crossing the Midland Hwy at Guildford was finished in late 2001. I was on a West Coast Rail special from Geelong/Ballarat/Maryborough/Castlemaine/Bendigo during 2000, and best guess freight trains finished around 2002.

Mike.
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
So we got our moneys worth out of that bridge then.Wink
  Carnot Minister for Railways

The new rail bridge crossing the Midland Hwy at Guildford was finished in late 2001. I was on a West Coast Rail special from Geelong/Ballarat/Maryborough/Castlemaine/Bendigo during 2000, and best guess freight trains finished around 2002.

Mike.
The Vinelander
There is a video on youtube of a Deniliquin PN freight train using this line in Feb 2004.  Possibly some use as late as June 2004.

Moolort Quarry had some traffic for it very recently on the Maryborough side.  Some info here in an earlier thread: http://www.railpage.com.au/f-p1154095.htm
  The Vinelander Minister for Railways

Location: Ballan, Victoria on the Ballarat RFR Line
So we got our moneys worth out of that bridge then.Wink
Gman_86
No doubt you've heard the tales in the past of doing up stations on a branch line before closing the line. Wink

The Midland Hwy needed widening at Guildford and the old rail bridge was a bit narrow, hence the requirement for the new bridge. At that time the line was still being used for some freight, several years before RFR.

Happy to be corrected on the last date of a train using the branch. I was going on memory.
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
As far as I know the line was closed 2004.
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Was there ever a Guildford station?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Was there ever a Guildford station?
"ScottAus"


Yes
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Yes
Nightfire
Thanks for the detailed answer. I was doing a search and found no record of it.
  Campaspe Junior Train Controller

The last train to run the fill length of the Castlemaine to Maryborough line ran on 14 June 2004.  The line was booked out of service in June 2004 and was damaged by floodwaters near Yapeen on 26 November 2010.

The section between Castlemaine and Moolort continued to be used after June 2004 - primarily by ballast trains (not sure when the last grain train ran). Ballast from the quarry at Moolort (located to the south of the station on the main highway) was used to upgrade the Mildura line. Once the Mildura upgrade was completed, the Castlemaine to Moolort line was booked out of service on 10 August 2010.

Regards

Campaspe
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Thanks for the detailed answer. I was doing a search and found no record of it.
"ScottAus"


Guildford had a brick and stone platform on a sharp outside of a curve, the sharp curve had a check rail on It.

The station building was a portable.
  ScottAus Station Master

Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Guildford had a brick and stone platform on a sharp outside of a curve, the sharp curve had a check rail on It.

The station building was a portable.
Nightfire
Thanks Nightfire, maybe this is why it never shows up on wiki or on those station past websites.

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