Daylesford to Ballarat

 
  freightgate Minister for Railways

Location: Albury, New South Wales
Sunday afternoon reading.

Can this line be easily walked from sailors falls?

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  RustyRick Chief Commissioner

Location: South West Vic
I don’t know, but I wouldn’t go anywhere near Daylesford at the moment. There’s a big bushfire north of there.

Rick
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
The track bed west of Sailors Falls should be accessible and parts around the frosted area to the west of there.  As far as I know the only area of the line (which would be a quite useful line these days for passenger) not available is the housing built across it just south of the junction with the line east from Daylesford.
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
The track bed west of Sailors Falls should be accessible and parts around the frosted area to the west of there.  As far as I know the only area of the line (which would be a quite useful line these days for passenger) not available is the housing built across it just south of the junction with the line east from Daylesford.
bevans
It would be very useful to catch a train via Ballarat and Creswick to Daylesford. Is the right of way still mostly in public hands (apart from the aforementioned houses)?
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Bevans: The corridor is heritage listed but what that means in this day and age is anyone's guess.
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Bevans: The corridor is heritage listed but what that means in this day and age is anyone's guess.
don_dunstan

Don I agree with you that a return of a train to Daylesford would be best managed via the line to Ballarat which probably should have been retained in 1986.  Via Ballarat from Geelong and Western Vic and Melbourne would be possible and it is the shortest route?
  don_dunstan Minister for Railways

Location: Adelaide proud
Bevans: The corridor is heritage listed but what that means in this day and age is anyone's guess.

Don I agree with you that a return of a train to Daylesford would be best managed via the line to Ballarat which probably should have been retained in 1986.  Via Ballarat from Geelong and Western Vic and Melbourne would be possible and it is the shortest route?
bevans
Not sure about the distances Bevans but a lot of Daylesford people work/shop in Ballarat from my experience (I know a long-term resident there) so that's a more logical connection than via Carlshrue, which is already being used by DSCR.

From my brief readings on the line it's been subject to a lot of wash-aways and perhaps that was a factor in its final withdrawal. Incidentally the first closure in 1953 disconnected Daylesford from Creswick but the remaining stub to Newlyn was used by the timber industry until 1976 before being cut back to Allendale that year and then finally fully closed from Creswick in 1986.

Here's the quite interesting track grade diagram from the original line -
  LancedDendrite Chief Commissioner

Location: North Haverbrook; where the monorail is king!
The track bed west of Sailors Falls should be accessible and parts around the frosted area to the west of there.  As far as I know the only area of the line (which would be a quite useful line these days for passenger) not available is the housing built across it just south of the junction with the line east from Daylesford.
It would be very useful to catch a train via Ballarat and Creswick to Daylesford. Is the right of way still mostly in public hands (apart from the aforementioned houses)?
don_dunstan
Most (but not all) of the railway reserve between North Creswick and Newlyn is still in VicTrack hands. Much of the railway reserve through the Wombat State Forest (between Leonards Hill and Rocklyn) appears to be retained as a track of some sort. Other parts of the corridor north of Leonards Hill towards Daylesford appear to form part of several different hiking trails.
Useful reference map: http://vicsig.net/infrastructure/line/North-Creswick-Daylesford
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
Interesting RRA have not published anything regarding this Line and possible comeback?
  Dangersdan707 Chief Commissioner

Location: On a Thing with Internet
They probably will, now that you mentioned it
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
They probably will, now that you mentioned it
Dangersdan707

Does in some ways actually make a lot of sense as shot to Ballarat than Melbourne.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
They probably will, now that you mentioned it

Does in some ways actually make a lot of sense as shot to Ballarat than Melbourne.
bevans
No it doesn't, the rail line was considerably longer than the distance of the current A300 road due to the topography of the area. The RRA's pet project of Castlemaine to Maryborough would be far easier to rebuild.
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Of interest also, the truncated line to Allendale/Kingston was used around 1980 to scrap a number of Tait sets - by setting them on fire no less. There were photos published in magazines at the time.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
There is quite a lot of timber being harvested around the Creswick area and I now wonder why this is not on rail?
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
Of interest also, the truncated line to Allendale/Kingston was used around 1980 to scrap a number of Tait sets - by setting them on fire no less. There were photos published in magazines at the time.
mikesyd
And another thread that was started by Barrington Womble a decade and more ago. Mentions the Tait burning too.

https://www.railpage.com.au/f-p301485.htm
  mikesyd Chief Commissioner

Location: Lurking
There is quite a lot of timber being harvested around the Creswick area and I now wonder why this is not on rail?
x31
That depends on how much 'a lot' is, as well as its destination(s).

Perhaps you could inform us of how much in a year?
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
There is quite a lot of timber being harvested around the Creswick area and I now wonder why this is not on rail?
That depends on how much 'a lot' is, as well as its destination(s).

Perhaps you could inform us of how much in a year?
mikesyd
let me find out.

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