Resurrecting the Eaglehawk - Inglewood line

 
  Carnot Minister for Railways

The Bendigo council are keen to have a station built near the booming suburb of Maiden Gully:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-12/council-ponders-need-for-maiden-gully-rail-station/4953256

The first step in resurrecting the Eaglehawk - Inglewood railway line perhaps?

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  Galron Chief Commissioner

Location: Werribee, Vic
one can only hope...
  Gman_86 Chief Commissioner

Location: Melton, where the sparks dare not roam!
I thought a new station was proposed for Epsom which if I'm not mistaken is on the Echuca line. My understanding was for most if not all Bendigo services to eventually terminate at Epsom in a similar manner as Wendouree and Marshall. If this proposed Maiden Gully station were to be built how would it be serviced?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

Currently 2 trains run through Bendigo to terminate at Eaglehawk daily. Presumably these would simply be extended to Maiden Gully - although looking at google maps, Maiden Gully is shown to be on the Calder Highway, a similar distance from Bendigo as Eaglehawk, and quite some distance from the railway.  Where is the Maiden Gully station proposed to be located?
  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

1. The current intention (funded) is to build a basic station at Epsom on the  Echuca leg .

2. Once that station is in place the announced intention is for alternate Bendigo trains to originate/terminate at Eaglehawk (on the Swan Hill leg) and Epsom (on the Echuca leg.)

The line between  Eaglehawk and Inglewood would really only be opened if required for freight traffic.  If and when that happened   there would be the option to originate/terminate trains at Marong  in lieu of  Eaglehawk .
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
There Is a planing proposal for an Intermodal freight terminal at Morang, as of If or when It happens Is another thing !
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
There Is a planing proposal for an Intermodal freight terminal at Morang, as of If or when It happens Is another thing !
Nightfire
Seems an odd place to put it, as Marong is a bit out of the way. What is the logic behind Marong as an intermodal hub, and where would the traffic be coming from?
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Seems an odd place to put it, as Marong is a bit out of the way. What is the logic behind Marong as an intermodal hub, and where would the traffic be coming from?
Barrington Womble
Marong sits at the intersection of the Calder Highway, Calder Alt Highway, and Wimmera Highway.  A conga line of trucks runs thru the joint at present.

Makes a lot of sense to be honest.
  BGOTraveller Junior Train Controller

People are forgetting the costs here, the line from North Bendigo is currently train orders that is why you only have 2 Eaglehawk trains the junction and eaglehawk will need to be signalled for that to happen at the moment you only have repeating signals there indicating the lay of the points and if the junction was to be used at the present time a person has to man the points

there are more costs involved than people think.
  Barrington Womble Photo Nazi

Location: Banned
Marong sits at the intersection of the Calder Highway, Calder Alt Highway, and Wimmera Highway.  A conga line of trucks runs thru the joint at present.

Makes a lot of sense to be honest.
Carnot
Fair enough, thought I'd ask out of curiosity. Do you think a rail connection will be of benefit?
  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
I suspect the Council will be looking at a new station site near Shumakers Lane lx. It's directly north of Maiden Gully, about 1/2 way between Marong and Eaglehawk.

Rick
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
People are forgetting the costs here, the line from North Bendigo is currently train orders that is why you only have 2 Eaglehawk trains the junction and eaglehawk will need to be signalled for that to happen at the moment you only have repeating signals there indicating the lay of the points and if the junction was to be used at the present time a person has to man the points

there are more costs involved than people think.
BGOTraveller

Not sure I follow? The points are motor operated and controlled from Bendigo panel?

http://www.signaldiagramsandphotos.com/mywebpages/vr/Northern_&_Midland/38'2012.pdf
  BGOTraveller Junior Train Controller

Not sure I follow? The points are motor operated and controlled from Bendigo panel?

http://www.signaldiagramsandphotos.com/mywebpages/vr/Northern_&_Midland/38'2012.pdf
"Ballast_Plough"


The points are not motorised they are controlled via a key switch at the points I should know I have operated them plenty of times
  BGOTraveller Junior Train Controller

Not sure I follow? The points are motor operated and controlled from Bendigo panel?

http://www.signaldiagramsandphotos.com/mywebpages/vr/Northern_&_Midland/38'2012.pdf
"Ballast_Plough"

You are looking at Nth Bendigo Junction which is the junction for Echuca / Swan Hill the points for Marong are on the down side of Eaglehawk som 7 Km away on the swan hill line

I don't mean to be nasty but unless you know what you are talking about why comment?
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
No probs - but they are motor operated aren't they? In that case it's the just the remote operation that needs to be transferred. Most of the cost would be in converting manual points to motor operated so if you only need to provide a remote keyswitch (effectively) at Bendigo, that shouldn't break the bank.
  BGOTraveller Junior Train Controller

No probs - but they are motor operated aren't they? In that case it's the just the remote operation that needs to be transferred. Most of the cost would be in converting manual points to motor operated so if you only need to provide a remote keyswitch (effectively) at Bendigo, that shouldn't break the bank.
"Ballast_Plough"

To motorise those points you need to signal it at the present time the signals are just repeaters in dark territory indicating the lay of the points, Bendigo is now controlled from Centrol  and not Bendigo you need 3 home signals for each direction, you will need 3 Auto signals for approach to those home signals you will need to interlock the Victoria Street level crossing to departing trains in to the signalling the costs are enormous, would there be a need for all this when yo look at the patronage of the service to Eagelhawk?
  Ballast_Plough Chief Commissioner

Location: Lilydale, Vic
I don't mean to be nasty...
BGOTraveller

Didn't stop you...
  Carnot Minister for Railways

Decided to go for a bit of a look at the line between Eaglehawk and Marong today.  This section still seems to be in reasonable condition (unlike the Bridgewater region where the ballast has been washed away).  The ballast is intact and most sleepers look OK.  A couple of photos near the cutting on Allies Rd East of the Hermitage Rd crossing.  I can imagine this was a gunzel favorite back in the day.



  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Bendigo's dry climate would be rather good for preserving disused railways, unlike Southern Victoria !
  JoppaJunction Chief Train Controller

Location: Banned
What ever happened to the Boort Goods a daily up and down service to Boort via Marong?
  Nightfire Minister for Railways

Location: Gippsland
Went via Dunolly before ceasing
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
What ever happened to the Boort Goods a daily up and down service to Boort via Marong?
JoppaJunction
If it still runs, I suspect that it would be operating via Dunolly.

Apart from the line being an alternative route to Melbourne from the (truncated) Kulwin and Robinvale lines, there is not a great number of paths available for freight south of Bendigo these days, not to mention that what does come off those lines is usually grain bound for Geelong, with some maybe going to Appleton Dock.

It would take a large increase of freight from the area, or further out, for the powers that be to consider repairing the line to allow for its use, and that's before working out what happens south of Bendigo. Forget any passenger services beyond Eaglehawk, there is not the population or demand, a subject that was done to death in another thread some time back.

Whilst the photos supplied by Carnot look OK, I had a close look around the Level Crossing at Leichardt a year ago and found that about 1 in 3 sleepers were not spiked.
  duttonbay Minister for Railways

It would take a large increase of freight from the area, or further out, for the powers that be to consider repairing the line to allow for its use, and that's before working out what happens south of Bendigo. Forget any passenger services beyond Eaglehawk, there is not the population or demand, a subject that was done to death in another thread some time back.
mikesyd
I believe the only likelihood for Eaglehawk-Inglewood to be reopened would be to remove the Swan Hill line grain trains from the Bendigo main line. To do the job properly would require two triangle connections, which means it won't happen until the passenger business simply refuse to allow freight south of Bendigo.
  ZH836301 Chief Commissioner

Location: BleakCity
Not going to happen.  Who cares what a council thinks?
  click-ity-clack Beginner

Hi everyone i am new to Railpage and live at Inglewood.. I see there is a lot of post's about this line. I will give you some update information that the line is now officially closed since 27 feb 2015 and all railway crossing top signs have been pulled from Inglewood towards Eaglehawk but signals are still in place at Bridgewater and at the major highway crossing at Derby (boom gates)...I have heard that there have been talks of building a (y) with a new rail line link between this line and Inglewood Dunolly line between Inglewood and bul bul creek on the calder highway as the two lines from Eaglehawk and Dunolly are joined together further up towards the Inglewood railway station. There has also been discussions of planned passenger station at Marong  but is a whole rebuild of existing bridge over the creek at Marong so i do say that the line maybe closed for now i don't think line will be pulled up.. News to hand that the flood money that was set aside for the repair works between Inglewood and Bridgewater was used on another line but this now has to come back and used for the line mentioned. Regards Greg

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