Orbost Line (Victoria)

 
  TA 2000 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA - I wish!
Is the track on the Orbost line still there. Between Bairnsdale and Orbost. I've haven't been out that way for 15 years and I was just interested to know wheather it is there or not.

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  zipitidoodah Chief Commissioner

No, it's not. It stops right after the Bairnsdale station, and the line from then on is reserved for a rail trail. The line has been converted to a rail trail (i.e. gravel for walking or riding on) from Bairnsdale to Bruthen and I think to Nowa Nowa at the moment, but they're hoping to do the rest one eventually. If you ever get the chance you should go for walk/ride on part of it, it's quite nice.
  TA 2000 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA - I wish!
No, it's not. It stops right after the Bairnsdale station, and the line from then on is reserved for a rail trail. The line has been converted to a rail trail (i.e. gravel for walking or riding on) from Bairnsdale to Bruthen and I think to Nowa Nowa at the moment, but they're hoping to do the rest one eventually. If you ever get the chance you should go for walk/ride on part of it, it's quite nice.
"zipitidoodah"


Has all the old track been removed even from Nowa Nowa to Orbost.
  Graeme Beginner

Location: Sydney
The Long Trestle bridge into Orbost is still standing but pretty poor condition. I drove through there and Bruthen about six weeks ago. There was a trestle bridge at Bruthen in a similar state.

Didn't this line have a loop in it, one through Bruthen and the other through Lakes Entrance?

I travelled out to Bairnsdale on the Gippslander as a kid 40 years ago. I can't recall if the line was open to Orbost then or not.

Graeme
  Graeme Beginner

Location: Sydney
The Long Trestle bridge into Orbost is still standing but pretty poor condition. I drove through there and Bruthen about six weeks ago. There was a trestle bridge at Bruthen in a similar state.

Didn't this line have a loop in it, one through Bruthen and the other through Lakes Entrance?

I travelled out to Bairnsdale on the Gippslander as a kid 40 years ago. I can't recall if the line was open to Orbost then or not.

Graeme
  TA 2000 Chief Commissioner

Location: SA - I wish!
The Long Trestle bridge into Orbost is still standing but pretty poor condition. I drove through there and Bruthen about six weeks ago. There was a trestle bridge at Bruthen in a similar state.

Didn't this line have a loop in it, one through Bruthen and the other through Lakes Entrance?

I travelled out to Bairnsdale on the Gippslander as a kid 40 years ago. I can't recall if the line was open to Orbost then or not.

Graeme
"Graeme"


I use to walk on the bridge at bruthen 15 years ago and it was in poor condition then. Can you still walk on the bridge.

Tom
  Graeme Beginner

Location: Sydney
I was driving through to Sale and didn't stop but I would suggest that you couldn't cross it on foot.
  zipitidoodah Chief Commissioner

Don't know about the rails around Nowa Nowa, but I'd assume that once you rip up part of it you rip the whole lot up.

As for Lakes Entrance... I wasn't aware that the railway passed through Lakes. On the highway you can go from Bairnsdale to Orbost via Lakes or Bruthen, it's 50/50 as to the shortest route, and the railway goes through Bruthen, so it's hard to see how it went through Lakes Entrance.

The bridge at bruthen is still standing, but I don't think it has any decking in parts of it. At any rate, the rail trail path was built around the bridge, i.e. down to road level and across the road and back up the other side. There's signs saying don't cross the bridge, dangerous etc.
  standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
Don't know about the rails around Nowa Nowa, but I'd assume that once you rip up part of it you rip the whole lot up.

As for Lakes Entrance... I wasn't aware that the railway passed through Lakes. On the highway you can go from Bairnsdale to Orbost via Lakes or Bruthen, it's 50/50 as to the shortest route, and the railway goes through Bruthen, so it's hard to see how it went through Lakes Entrance.

The bridge at bruthen is still standing, but I don't think it has any decking in parts of it. At any rate, the rail trail path was built around the bridge, i.e. down to road level and across the road and back up the other side. There's signs saying don't cross the bridge, dangerous etc.
"zipitidoodah"


Don't think that rail line ever pass or go anywhere near Lake Entrance, but it would be a good idea thouand the closest place to Lake Entrance would not be too far away ...say save some money on the highway and rebuild section to where the line closest to Lake Entrance, and build a short line to Lake Entrance,
  zipitidoodah Chief Commissioner

But aren't there a few (relatively big) hills surrounding Lakes Entrance? That would just make it hard to get something like that in, unless you went around to the eastern side and came back. Besides, you wouldn't be able to get it very close to the centre of Lakes which would make it lease feasible.
  standard_gauge Dr Beeching

Location: Outside the toilet, waiting for Della Bosca to come out !!
But aren't there a few (relatively big) hills surrounding Lakes Entrance? That would just make it hard to get something like that in, unless you went around to the eastern side and came back. Besides, you wouldn't be able to get it very close to the centre of Lakes which would make it lease feasible.
"zipitidoodah"


Just finish the train line on top of the hill would do, and possibility of invite some tourist company to invest on chair lift/godola sort of thing connect rail station from top of the hill to bottom of the hill at CBD of Lake Entrance...
  pjv101 Station Master

Location: Mill Park, Melbourne, Vic

Didn't this line have a loop in it, one through Bruthen and the other through Lakes Entrance?

Graeme
"Graeme"


The line ran Bruthen - Colquhoun - Nowa Nowa. In the Colquhoun State forest south of the station area is a quarry for the stone used in building the entrance groins. A small tramway transferred the boulders/rock from the quarry down to the North Arm for transfer to barge.

At a guess, this would have been in the 1880s/1890s when steam ships ran Melbourne to Lakes Entrance to Sale pre rail travel

pjv
  B 67 Chief Commissioner

Location: Central Gippsland

Didn't this line have a loop in it, one through Bruthen and the other through Lakes Entrance?

Graeme
"Graeme"


The line ran Bruthen - Colquhoun - Nowa Nowa. In the Colquhoun State forest south of the station area is a quarry for the stone used in building the entrance groins. A small tramway transferred the boulders/rock from the quarry down to the North Arm for transfer to barge.

At a guess, this would have been in the 1880s/1890s when steam ships ran Melbourne to Lakes Entrance to Sale pre rail travel

pjv
"pjv101"


And for anyone visiting Lakes Entrance. If you begin suffering rail withdrawal symptoms, walk along the beach to the actual entrance itself and you'll be rewarded by a number of relics of the tramway on display.
If that sounds too strenuous, there's always the (very neglected) model raiway at the Shell Museum.

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