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The Toronto Branch Railway Line
is a closed railway line in New South Wales
. The line opened in 1891,[size=1][/size]
and branched off the Main Northern line
at Fassifern station
, crossing over a single lane tunnel on Fassifern Road, and following the shore of Fennell Bay to Blackalls Park
. The Toronto
end of the line is located close to the shore of Toronto Bay.
Horse drawn carriages were first to run along the branch line. A variety of steam engines also ran along the line during its operation, including a Coffee Pot engine, and the Prince of Wales
travelled to Toronto by train on 24 June 1920.
Passenger services operated over the line, generally as a shuttle service between Fassifern and Toronto, but through services to Newcastle also operated. Services in 1989 were operated by 620/720 class diesel railcars, and operated as frequently as every 20 minutes.[size=1][/size]
The line was not included in the Wyong- Newcastle electrification project completed in 1984, which probably sealed its fate, as it was controversially closed in 1990 despite local opposition, with a privately operated bus service replacing the train. Following closure, a cycleway called the Toronto Greenway
was constructed along the line. Most of the cycleway was constructed alongside the railway line in case the line is ever to be reopened.While the line has not been reopened to this day a bus service has been made which drives from Fassifern station to toronto stopping Blackalls Park.
It always an interesting question that the line was closed with a 20min service prior to closure. My only experience wit this line was in I think 1988, headed home late on a Friday from Hornsby night after drinks with guys I slept past Gosford and woke up at Wyee and looking at timetable I worked out I was sitting on the next train south to Gosford after it got to Newcastle. So I have no idea of time but it was after 12am. On arrival to Fassifern still Nth bound, I could see the DMU waiting for this service and there were more than a few people on board. It was probably the last service for the night.