Casterton railway line

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Casterton Line
Former connections Portland
Stations7 [1]
TypeVictorian Railways passenger and goods service
Line length51 kilometres (32 mi)
Number of tracks1
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Portland line at Branxholme
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Casterton railway line
Interactive map of the Casterton railway line.

The Casterton Line was a branch line running north-west from the Portland Main Line, from the town of Branxholme to the town of Casterton, in Victoria, Australia. Opening in 1884, the line was 51 kilometres (32 mi) long and completely single track, apart from at stations.


The branch line was initially opened from Branxholme to Henty on 15 February 1884, with the rest of the line to Casterton opening later that year. When the line opened, it allowed for the efficient transport of passengers and local produce in the area to the larger town of Hamilton, as well as the port of Portland. Throughout the early-twentieth-century, traffic on the line grew to the extent that there was a daily goods train to and from Hamilton.

In 1927, the Victorian parliament authorised the construction of a 16.1-kilometre (10.0 mi) extension of the line to Nangeela, [2] largely to serve a soldier settler estate in the area. [3] With the onset of the Great Depression in the 1930s, the extension was never built.

Both passenger and freight traffic declined following World War II, and the line was eventually closed completely on 12 September 1977, along with a number of other lines in the south-west of Victoria. Since its closure, the track has been completely removed and the rail reserve mostly sold. The Casterton station building and the goods shed at Henty station remain, along with some traces of the other three stations on the line. [4]

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  1. "THE CASTERTON RAILWAY". The Australasian . 6 September 1884. p. 28. Retrieved 17 May 2021. The branch line from Branxholme to Casterton was opened throughout its fall length on Monday for both passengers and light goods traffic. There are five intervening stations, viz., Murndal, Grassdale, Merino, Henty and Sandford.
  2. "Casterton to Nangeela Railway Construction Act" (PDF). Parliament of Victoria. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  3. ""Nangeela" Estate Soldier Settlement (WW1)". Casterton & District Historical Society. Retrieved 29 March 2021.
  4. "Casterton Line".