- Swan Hill railway line, Victoria
type = vic
name = Swan Hill
tracks = 1
The Swan Hill line is a railway line in Victoria,
Australia. It branches off the Echuca railway line at Bendigo station and has 5 stations.
The line was progressively extended from the Echuca line, the junction being at Eaglehawk (near Bendigo). The line opened to Raywood in 1882, to Mitiamo in 1883, Pyramid and Kerang in 1884, and Swan Hill in 1890.cite journal | year = 1990 | month = March | title = Tracks Across the State | author = Sid Brown | journal = Newsrail | publisher = Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division) | pages = pages 71–76 ] The line from Swan Hill was later extended, to Piangil in 1915, to Kooloonong in 1920, and to Yungera in 1926. It was alter cut back to Kooloonong in 1957 and to Piangil in 1981.
From Kerang the privatly operated Koondrook branch line opened in 1924, was acquired by the Victorian Railways in 1952 and closed in 1981. Another branch opened to Murrabit in 1924, and under the
1922 Border Railways Actwas extended to Stony Crossing, New South Walesin 1928, before closure in 1943. No passenger services were carried on the section beyond Murrabit after 1932, passenger services ceased to Murrabit in 1941 and the branch line closed altogether in 1961. [cite web | url=http://www.aattc.org.au/Times%20December%202002A.pdf | title=Poonboon| publisher= [http://www.aattc.org.au Australian Association of Time Table Collectors] | accessdate=2006-06-09]
The last passenger services from Swan Hill to the former terminus of Woorineen were withdrawn on December 17, 1976. The last train was a
102hp Walker railmotor, running a service for school children that was paid for by the Education Department. The last passenger service from Swan Hill to Piangil ran on December 24, 1976 again with a 102hp Walker. Both services were replaced with buses soon after.cite journal
year = 1997
month = March
title = Rail passenger service withdrawals since 1960
author = Chris Banger
journal = Newsrail
publisher = Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division)
pages = pages 77–82 ]
5 June 2007, a fatal crash occurred between a train and a semi-trailer near Kerang. Eleven people died, all of which were passengers.
In April 2008 it was announced that the Swan Hill - Piangil section of the line would be upgraded, as part of the Victorian core grain network in a $23.7 million package with 6 other lines. [cite web
title=$43m to upgrade rail freight lines
Passenger services on the line are operated by
V/Lineas extensions of services to Bendigo from Southern Cross Stationin Melbourne.
Bold stations are termini, where some train services terminate; "italic" stations are always serviced; and stations with an asterisk (*) are staffed part time.
* [http://www.vline.com.au http://www.vline.com.au]
* [http://www.vline.com.au/maps/maps/north.html Official map]
* [http://www.vicsig.net/index.php?page=infrastructure§ion=lineguide&line=Bendigo Statistics and detailed schematic map] at the [http://www.vicsig.net/ vicsig] enthusiast website
Category:V/Line rail services
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