Line to crookwell

 
  JimYarin Chief Commissioner

Location: Adelaide, South Australia
the line to crookwell was booked out of service in 1985?  is this statement about the type of traffic accurate?

From opening, the line carried a mix of goods and passenger traffic. Superphosphate and livestock were the main goods carried, and superphosphate in particular was responsible for keeping the line operational long past the closure of similar branch lines.

source: wikipedia

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  Spletsie Chief Commissioner

According to the book Australian Railway Routes 1854-2000, the Goulburn-Crookwell branch was closed on 25 August 1985 and decommissioned on 18 September 1989. The definition of closing date in the book is the day on which the last revenue train ran.
  Jim K Train Controller

Location: Well west of the Great Divide in NSW but not as far as South Australia
the line to crookwell was booked out of service in 1985? is this statement about the type of traffic accurate?
JimYarin

On reading local government papers, yes. To add to that, the lines busiest period was during WWII when two Iron Ore trains per day traveled to Port Kembla as well as a daily rail motor service up until 1944 from Goulburn. The mine closed at the end of the war
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
the line to crookwell was booked out of service in 1985? is this statement about the type of traffic accurate?

On reading local government papers, yes. To add to that, the lines busiest period was during WWII when two Iron Ore trains per day traveled to Port Kembla as well as a daily rail motor service up until 1944 from Goulburn. The mine closed at the end of the war
Jim K

There is talk of a mine opening at or near crookwell.  Could this be the same mine?
  Jim K Train Controller

Location: Well west of the Great Divide in NSW but not as far as South Australia
No mining in Crookwell, but there has been discussion for last 5 years of opening the Bauxite mine at Taralga.

As per this thread:
https://www.railpage.com.au/f-t11382428.htm


There has been nothing further at this stage as I believe that the owners, Australian Bauxite, have been concentrating on having their Tasmanian operations to get up to full speed. They still intend to commence in NSW.

Money is on that they will road the material closer to Main South Line and export via Pt Kembla when they do go operational.
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Taralga once had a branch if I recall ?
  c3526blue Deputy Commissioner

Location: in the cuckoos nest
Taralga once had a branch if I recall ?
freightgate
That is correct, formally closed and track removed in 1957.

The proposed bauxite mine is about half way along the Taralga branch, near Mt Rae.  If it goes ahead likely to be containers hauled by road to Goulburn and then rail.  Unfortunately the Taralga/Crookwell rail option would be too expensive.  Another mooted option is a slurry pipeline to Murrays Flats, near Goulburn.

Happy mining,

John
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Has anyone done the numbers for using the crookwell line for the volumes being considered?
  jayrail Assistant Commissioner

Location: te Anau Southern Alps NZ
I know Crookwell was a  ultimatelyclosed line totally, however were there any truncated sections for operations from the Goulburn yards.?
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
The then NSWRTM ran a charter (Diesel hauled from Sydney to Moss Vale and return, and 5461 from Moss Vale to Goulburn and return) out to the National Trust property "Riversdale" which is just before the Wollondilly River Bridge around 1982/83.
  djf01 Chief Commissioner

I know Crookwell was a  ultimatelyclosed line totally, however were there any truncated sections for operations from the Goulburn yards.?
jayrail

No.  The track isn't connected, hasn't been for at least a decade.
  apw5910 Deputy Commissioner

Location: Location: Location.
The then NSWRTM ran a charter (Diesel hauled from Sydney to Moss Vale and return, and 5461 from Moss Vale to Goulburn and return) out to the National Trust property "Riversdale" which is just before the Wollondilly River Bridge around 1982/83.
mikesyd
The RTM and ARHS Canberra ran a tour with 3001 and 3102 all the way to Crookwell in 1985. One of the best steam trips I've ever been on.

I have a vague memory of some industry in Kenmore either using (or wanting to use) the line after it was closed to Crookwell. It would have just been a "siding" shunt from Goulburn by then.
  Freight_train_lover_30 Station Staff

When i was in Goulburn last i saw a freight train going through the Coles lane level crossing
Is that apart of the Crookwell line?
  johnboy Chief Commissioner

Location: Up the road from Gulgong
When i was in Goulburn last i saw a freight train going through the Coles lane level crossing
Is that apart of the Crookwell line?
Freight_train_lover_30
No. "Coles Lane" is the Main Southern line, south of Goulburn.
Crookwell line use to branch off the Main Southern north of Goulburn CBD , funny enough not far from "Cole Street".

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