Wodonga to Corryong railway history


lockeddrive <lockeddrive@...>
 

Happy New Year All.

Travelled the Murray Valley Highway yesterday ( magnificent countryside ) & noticed many old timber trestles still standing ( & some quite tall ones, shades of Colorado ! ) .

Does anyone know of any publications/ photos/ history of this line; shame the rails are gone as it would potentially have made a great tourist line.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Claus


Eddie Oliver <eoliver@...>
 

On 1/01/2011 09:47, lockeddrive wrote:
Happy New Year All.

Travelled the Murray Valley Highway yesterday ( magnificent countryside )& noticed many old timber trestles still standing (& some quite tall ones, shades of Colorado ! ) .

Does anyone know of any publications/ photos/ history of this line; shame the rails are gone as it would potentially have made a great tourist line.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.
Cudgewa, not Corryong. Standard reference is

The branch line : a history of the Wodonga-Tallangatta-Cudgewa railway / by Lloyd Holmes

sometimes appears on ebay, probably available from other sources, it's far from rare


halfpilotstaff
 

Hi Claus,

The one I have is part of a series called Country Branch Lines Victoria, published by Train Hobby Publications.

This one is subtitled "The Wodonga to Cudgewa Branch Line" - A Photographic Profile 1950s - 1979 Part 4. My guess is the "parts" refer to other branch lines covered in the series.

The book consists of large landscape format colour photos, with just enough supporting text.

I bought my copy ($39) at the ARHS bookshop in Sydney Terminal station; I would presume that most bookshops that specialise in railway publications would have it for sale.

--- In LRRSA@yahoogroups.com.au, "lockeddrive" <lockeddrive@...> wrote:

Happy New Year All.

Travelled the Murray Valley Highway yesterday ( magnificent countryside ) & noticed many old timber trestles still standing ( & some quite tall ones, shades of Colorado ! ) .

Does anyone know of any publications/ photos/ history of this line; shame the rails are gone as it would potentially have made a great tourist line.

Any info would be greatly appreciated.

Cheers

Claus


Roderick Smith
 

There were efforts to convert part to a tourist line: too much railway to maintain, too much money needed, too remote. Various rollingstock items were stored at Huon, deteriorating steadily. Some have been moved to other projects. Bridge girders were relocated to other projects.
A lot of the former line is now a rail trail, which provides most of the benefits, but at a fraction of the cost.
In September, a local committee commissioned a set of history panels of the line, erected at the site of Cudgewa station.
If you are walking or cycling the line, there are two pubs at Tallangatta, one at Koetong, one at Cudgewa, and then two in Corrying (the major regional centre which the line never reached).

Regards,
Roderick B Smith
Rail News Victoria Editor

...it would potentially have made a great tourist line...Claus