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Main North

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I wonder what the total cost will be after they've changed the signage at every railway station in the state!

Two more photos from the former far Main North, NSW.

This image shows Bolivia Bank between (Deepwater and Tenterfield) where the line winds down the hill in an "S" bend on a 1 in 40 grade to the va ...

Abandoned Glencoe station NSW (between Guyra and Glen Innes) on 16 August 1987.

Note how the platform road has been lifted and the former loop is now the main line.

The line north of Armidale is n ...

Driving between Bangalow and Lismore yesterday I noticed that the timber rail bridge over the Bangalow-Lismore Road near Binna Burra has been removed.

Another nail in the coffin of the line.

25 years ago? Doesn't seem that long!

I travelled on the Brisbane Limited from Brisbane to Sydney and back during the last two weeks before the end.

Both ways in a roomette sleeper. Fantastic experi ...

Posted 13 Feb 2012 09:52 in New South Wales by Main North

Just wondering. As I've never seen "the cage"  before, would somebody be able to post a photo?Thanks Smile It's nothing particularly exciting, just a siding with a 3 metre high fence topped with rolls  ...

Posted 11 Feb 2012 13:34 in New South Wales by Main North

Correction to my previous post.I drove past Armidale station this morning and noted a 5 car Xplorer in the cage (3 Armidale cars & 2 Moree cars due to flood damage on the Moree Line).These sets w ...

Posted 11 Feb 2012 01:22 in New South Wales by Main North

NP43/44 between Moree and Werris Ck are replaced by a road coach at the moment due to flooding. Does this mean that all 5/6 cars are running to Armidale with the Moree section empty? Is there room in  ...

Posted 11 Apr 2011 14:11 in New South Wales by Main North

Well it's actually CTC to just north of Gunnedah now as far as I'm aware, then Train Order after that.

Also I'm reasonably certain that all trains carry mobile phones these days.

Surely train order  ...

Posted 11 Apr 2011 13:44 in New South Wales by Main North

Not quite a delay, but an interesting thing happened yesterday.

I was meeting a relative on the Xplorer arriving at Armidale. The train arrived on time, but with the two Moree cars in tow.

Normally  ...

North of Tamworth there is a road which parallels the railway up the Moonbi Range which will get you off the highway.

It's a very scenic route. Turn off the highway at Kootingal. The road rejoins th ...

Have a look at the third and fourth photos down at this link:

I took these of Manilla and Attunga stations in 1985 not long  ...

Great photos Brian.

Grenfell station seems to be very similar to the Inverell station building:

Posted 10 Dec 2009 11:04 in New South Wales by Main North

Heavier rail is laid from Armidale to Glen Innes, probably 94lb, and Glen Innes to Wallangarra is  the lighter 80lb rail.

Another problem with the line is the wooden bridges which are deterioating  ...

Posted 09 Dec 2009 09:43 in New South Wales by Main North

Any line can be rebuilt with volunteer work nowdays - just takes $$, fundraising and time , so i disagree your comment that the line cant ever reopen to rolling stock beside a section car.

Maybe a  ...

Posted 08 Dec 2009 16:02 in New South Wales by Main North

Good news indeed!

What's the state of line north of Armidale?




The state of the line is very poor, particularly north of Glen Innes where vegetation is completely cover ...

I'm not being pessimistic, I'm being realistic!

Sorry Xgentric, but you're living in fantasy land if you think public pressure will see the government reopen the line.

I personally would love to ...

A rail trail is definitely the best option.

Let's face it, no train is ever going to run on the Casino-Murwillumbah line ever again, so should we leave the tracks to become overgrown and inaccessib ...

Posted 10 Jul 2009 14:12 in New South Wales by Main North

Are you sure they were refering to the goods wagons as trucks ?    They may have been refering to the bogies.

I'm sure the average journo wouldn't know what a bogie was!

The clip mentioned the whe ...

Posted 10 Jul 2009 13:40 in New South Wales by Main North

Don't you love the way the media refers to goods wagons as "trucks"!!


In later years when the Glen Innes Mail was renamed the North Mail, the sleeping car remained attached through to the terminus at Glen Innes or Tenterfield.

It was usually marshaled at the Sydney end ...

I am sure the other lines in NSW that are open either support a freight service or do not require $270million of repairs to sustain the passenger service.

The Tamworth to Armidale line partly fal ...

Posted 22 Jun 2009 11:54 in Railway Archaeology by Main North

I went for a walk along about a kilometre of the closed line north of the site of the former Exmouth station (between Dumaresq and Black Mountain) yesterday.

Some sections of the track are in reasona ...

Posted 20 Jun 2009 18:05 in Railway Archaeology by Main North

The New England line is dead, defunctus, and will stay that way.


Sadly, I agree.

After 16 years of closure, it would be too expensive to reopen the line. Unless the New England Railway can  ...

The Man in Blue wrote:

"When was the last time ANY government in Australia had to re build and re open rail lines? Two examples spring to mind. The first being the Tweed Heads railway. Closed down, r ...

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