Bright Branch-line

 
  K163 Chief Commissioner

Location: Well you see that house over there? Well it's not that one.
hi all,
just wondrring what is left of the Branch line that ran from Wangaratta to Bright?

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  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
It is a cycle & walking pathway. Bright rail station is a museum with rollingstock.
  K163 Chief Commissioner

Location: Well you see that house over there? Well it's not that one.
what loco's have they got there? do they have a website?
  DavidB Moderator

Location: Canberra
what loco's have they got there? do they have a website?
"163"

No locos from memory. They have 20BU, 5CE and some goods wagons. It's run by the Bright Historical Society, and the well known railway author Wal Larsen is involved.

Cheers
David
  K160 Minister for Railways

Location: Bendigo
They donated van HD 49 and an I wagon to the VGR in 1999  Very Happy
  Dreadnought Assistant Commissioner

Location: Oooh, look! [Pointing upwards] An eagle!!
Went up to Bright and Beechworth about a year ago.

Apart from short sections through Myrtleford and Porepunkah, the railtrail appears to follow the railway reserve very closely.  The old Myrtleford yard and station area got sold off for a housing estate but the original tree from the station car park still exists ("the Big Tree" - even rated a mention in a VR Newsletter in the late 1960s IIRC).

No locos, only rollingstock at Bright in No. 1 Road - the only track left there - but if I remember rightly, the good shed was still intact too.
Platform and station building still exist

At at least two station grounds (Everton and Ovens I think), short platforms and mock station buildings have been constructed - they consist of a small shelter, toilet, picnic table and benches, water taps (for filling bidons) and even bike stands.  All in all, very well done.

The branch to Beechworth is also a railtrail and the station, goods shed and platform is still intact at Beechworth.  There are still a few signs of the old Yackandandah line beyond Beechworth (cuttings and embankments) if you know where to look.  The old Yackandandah station site is now a council yard above the township.

Cheers,
Frank S
  bevans Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I have always wondered where the line would have crossed the Hume freeway.  I have never been able to spot it.  And before you guys all write back, I am sure the freeway came later, just wondering if the line would have crossed on the north or south side of the ovens highway at the freeway, if at all?

Regards,
Brian
  T411 Moderator

Location: Somewhere
I have always wondered where the line would have crossed the Hume freeway.  I have never been able to spot it.  And before you guys all write back, I am sure the freeway came later, just wondering if the line would have crossed on the north or south side of the ovens highway at the freeway, if at all?

Regards,
Brian
"bevans"


If you travel along the old Hume Highway at Bowser, then its possible to see where it would have crossed the Hume Freeway. I have spotted the old formation from the freeway when travelling north. Between the Freeway and the Albury rail line, the formation along with some telegraph poles can be seen. Southbound I can't remember but I believe that the formation on the down side of the freeway can be seen.

The Ovens Highway from memory runs into Wangaratta township and the line first crosses this highway approx 10 kms on the down side of bowser.

Cheers,
Mark.
  blue520 Train Controller

Brian,
You may want to try the http://www.land.vic.gov.au/ website and select the Interactive Map option on the right hand side. Then once you are past the Terms and Conditions of Use select address method to search, type in Bowser at the Suburb/Town/Locality box and zoom in to an acceptable level.

Hope this is of some help, I find it useful for tracing abandoned railways by the land reserve left behind (for example long thin sections of land compared to large broad farm land).

David C
  Sirion Station Staff

Location: N.E. Victoria
Here is a map where the line crossed the Hume Highway.

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