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Murtoa is no longer used as a passenger station following the withdrawal of the V/Line Dimboola service in 1993. The station however still functions as an important location for Freight Australia where it serves as the junction for the Hopetoun branch. The station used to have a dock platform for the Hopetoun branch. People in Murtoa have called on The Overland, the interstate rail journey that runs from Adelaide to Melbourne to make Murtoa an additional stop for the train service. (wikipedia)
Originally known as Sherwin's Flats, the town took the name "Tarago", possibly an Aboriginal word meaning "country", from the town presently known as Lake Bathurst, which is located 7 km north of Tarago. The name change coincided with the railway line's arrival and the opening of the station on 3 January 1884. The town of Tarago serves the adjoining large Woodlawn Mine site. The mine, which operated from 1978 to 1998 extracted gold, silver, copper, lead and zinc from deposits formed within the Lachlan Fold Belt. During the period of mining operations, goods sidings were added at the town's railway station to facilitate the transfer of minerals to and from the site. Tarago is located on the Bombala branch railway line from Goulburn and as such is served by a thrice-daily NSW TrainLink Xplorer service from Sydney to Canberra. The rail service is the only public transport that serves Tarago. (wikipedia)
The Patchewollock line branched from Murtoa, efforts to extend the line were due in a large part to the lobbying of pastoralist Edward H. Lascelles. He started construction of the private line, but it was completed by Victorian Railways. The line was changed from broad to standard gauge at the same time as the main line to South Australia. The line beyond Hopetoun was closed in December 1986 and the tracks removed.