Unanderra-Moss Vale railway line, New South Wales

Unanderra- Moss Vale
Overview
ModeCoach service
AreaIllawarra, Southern Highlands
Map colourBlue
OwnerARTC (rail line)
Design
Stations9
ConnectsWollongong
Dapto
Bowral
Bundanoon
1932Rail line opened
1990sPassenger service replaced with coach service
Operations
Operator(s)CityRail
Kiama Coachlines 3801 Limited
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Unanderra - Moss Vale Line Line
From Unanderra on the Illawarra (South Coast) Line
Summit Tank
Mount Murray
Ocean View
Ranelagh House
Robertson
Burrawang
Calwalla
to Moss Vale on the Main South line


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Unanderra-Moss Vale line at Sheepwash Road
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Memorial to workers on the Unanderra-Moss Vale railway (1927-32) in Robertson, New South Wales
The Unanderra - Moss Vale railway line is a cross country railway line in New South Wales, Australia. The line branches from the Illawarra (South Coast) railway line at the town of Unanderra and winds west over the Illawarra escarpment to the Southern Highlands town of Moss Vale. The line is one of the most scenic in New South Wales, and for the first 20kms after leaving Unanderra has an almost continuous grade 1 in 30 providing spectacular view over the Illawarra coastline.[1]

Course

The length of the line is 57 kilometres, and is double track from from Unanderra to Dombarton. The line is single track thereafter with several crossing loops. The double track section was built as part of the now abandoned Maldon to Dombarton railway line, and unfinished staunchions line this section as part of the proposed electrification.

The line connects the following current and former passenger stations:[2]
  • Unanderra - junction with Illawarra line.
  • Dombarton - end of double line
  • Summit Tank (platform only) (crossing loop)
  • Mount Murray (closed) (crossing loop reopened 1980s)
  • Ranelagh House (platform only)
  • Robertson (crossing loop)
  • Burrawang (closed 1975)
  • Calwalla (closed 1976) (crossing loop reopened 1980s)
  • Moss Vale - junction with main south line.

History

The line was first proposed in the 1880s by residents of Moss Vale and local industry keen for a connection to the port at Port Kembla. Construction began in 1925, and was completed in 1932. The line initially carried mainly limestone from the Marulan Quarry to Port Kembla Steelworks, but also vegetables from Robertson to Sydney and later, coal. Daily steam-hauled passenger trains operated from 1932, which were later replaced by diesel hauled trains, then railmotors. A weekend excursion train operated as late as the early 1990s, prior to its replacement by the privately operated Cockatoo Run steam hauled weekend tourist train which operates to the present day. Limestone freight continues to be hauled, and the line remains a valuable freight link to the Wollongong area and a useful bypass line when engineering works close the Main South Line. [3]

Services

CityRail road coach service is now provided in lieu of the former rail service. The service stops at Wollongong, Dapto and Albion Park railway stations; bus stops on Hoddle Street in both Burrawang and Robertson; then at Bowral, Moss Vale, Exeter and Bundanoon railway stations.

Maldon-Dombarton Line

State Rail began construction of a line connecting Maldon, on the Southern Highlands line near Picton, with Dombarton near Port Kembla. The project would have created the longest tunnel in Australia: the 4-km Avon Tunnel. Part of the incomplete tunnel, as well approaches to a bridge over the Cordeaux River, are visible today.[4]. The Port Kembla Port Corporation is currently trying to get funding to complete the line to facilitate the transport of coal and other export materials to the port at Port Kembla.[5]

References

1. ^ Singh-Sidhu, Daniel. Dombarten-Moss Vale. Railpix Australia. Retrieved on 2006-12-07.
2. ^ Bozier, Rolfe. Unanderra - Moss Vale Line. NSWrail.net. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
3. ^ Wollongong City Council. Kembla Grange History. Wollongong City Council. Retrieved on 2006-12-07.
4. ^ Bozier, Rolfe. Dombarton - Maldon Line. NSWrail.net. Retrieved on 2006-12-13.
5. ^ Ferguson, A. Kembla is not just any old port as Whitlam storms back into action. The Australian, 21-22 July 2007.


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Coach
Owner New South Wales Government
Area Greater Sydney
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Founded 1990
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Network 2,060 km

Stations 302


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South Coast line

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Mode Interurban rail line
Coach service
Area Wollongong
Shellharbour
Kiama
Shoalhaven
Map colour Blue/Grey
Owner CityRail
Design
Length 153 km
Stations 40


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South Coast line

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Coach service
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Shellharbour
Kiama
Shoalhaven
Map colour Blue/Grey
Owner CityRail
Design
Length 153 km
Stations 40


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Moss Vale
Southern Highlands, New South Wales

Population: 7,338 (2006 Census)[]

Established: 1861

Postcode: 2577

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  • Several people called Archibald Robertson
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Moss Vale
Southern Highlands, New South Wales

Population: 7,338 (2006 Census)[]

Established: 1861

Postcode: 2577

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Southern Highlands, New South Wales

Population: 7,338 (2006 Census)[]

Established: 1861

Postcode: 2577

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Port Kembla
New South Wales

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Postcode: 2505

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The Main Southern Railway is a major railway in New South Wales, Australia. It runs through the Southern Highlands, Southern Tablelands, South West Slopes and the Riverina regions.
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Coach
Owner New South Wales Government
Area Greater Sydney
Business

Founded 1990
Operations

Network 2,060 km

Stations 302


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