Tocumwal railway line, Victoria

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Tocumwal
Overview
StatusOperational; freight-only beyond Shepparton
Owner VicTrack
Locale Victoria, Australia
Termini Tocumwal
Southern Cross
Service
Services
Operator(s)
Depot(s)Southern Cross
History
Opened1860 (1860)
Technical
Line length251.4 km (156.2 mi)
Number of tracks
  • 1 (between Tocumwal and Seymour)
  • 2 (between Seymour and Southern Cross)
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Electrification 1500 V DC overhead between Craigieburn and Southern Cross
Signalling
Route map

Contents

km.00
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251.40
Tocumwal
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250.30
Tocumwal Bridge
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241.60
Mywee
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237.90
Strathmerton
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231.70
RMSP 81
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227.80
RMSP 86
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225.80
Katunga
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215.70
RMSP 85
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Picola line
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215.20
Numurkah
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208.30
Wunghnu
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199.00
Tallygaroopna
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191.90
Congupna
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Dookie
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Cosgrove
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184.84
Shepparton
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179.00
Mooroopna
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166.05
Toolamba
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157.90
Arcadia
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149.24
Murchison East
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Rushworth line
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135.90
Wahring
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128.11
Nagambie
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119.20
Tabilk
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109.34
Mangalore
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101.69
Seymour
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95.40
Dysart
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92.20
Tallarook
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77.16
Broadford
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65.48
Kilmore East
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57.29
Wandong
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Heathcote line
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55.40
Heathcote Junction
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47.49
Wallan
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41.70
Beveridge
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33.21
Donnybrook
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25.80
Craigieburn
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21.80
Roxburgh Park
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18.10
Coolaroo
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Broadmeadows
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15.40
Jacana
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14.60
Glenroy
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12.90
Oak Park
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11.30
Pascoe Vale
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9.80
Strathmore
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9.20
Glenbervie
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8.00
Essendon
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6.90
Moonee Ponds
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5.80
Ascot Vale
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4.40
Newmarket
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3.50
Kensington
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1.70
North Melbourne
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Southern Cross
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The Tocumwal railway line (also known as the Shepparton line) is a 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in) gauge railway line in Victoria, Australia. The line runs between the border town of Tocumwal in New South Wales to Southern Cross on the western edge of the Melbourne central business district. The line is utilised by various passenger and freight trains serving the northern suburbs of Melbourne and northern regions of Victoria.

History

The Melbourne and Essendon Railway Company opened the first section of the Tocumwal railway line from North Melbourne to Essendon in 1860. Following its take over by the Victorian Government in 1867, the line was extended to Tallarook and Mangalore in 1872.

A line was built from Mangalore to Toolamba and Shepparton in 1880 and extended to Numurkah in 1881, Strathmerton in 1905 and connecting with the New South Wales Government Railways at Tocumwal at a break-of-gauge in 1908.

Passenger services to Tocumwal ended on 8 November 1975 with the last train operated by T class diesel locomotive T324 and passenger carriages 3AS - 31BE - 2AE - 22CE. Before this time the Strathmerton - Cobram section was operated as the 'branch line' with a 102hp Walker railmotor connecting with the main line train. A bus service was then introduced for the Tocumwal branch, connecting with the Cobram service. By 1977/78 the service between Cobram and Tocumwal was being operated by a VicRail owned station wagon driven by the Cobram station master. [1]

The last passenger service from Toolamba station to Echuca ran on 2 March 1981 with Y class diesel locomotive Y161, an ABE carriage and a C van. This consist had only been introduced a few months prior, with a DERM usually being rostered. [1] Toolamba finally closed as a station on 20 December 1987. [2]

The passenger service from Numurkah north to Cobram was withdrawn on 24 April 1981 but was restored on 14 August 1983. [1] The service from Melbourne to Shepparton then to Cobram was again withdrawn on 21 August 1993, with Hoys Roadlines taking control of the train as far as Shepparton from 22 August, [1] hiring locomotives, carriages and train crews from V/Line. This arrangement remained until 2004. [3]

There have been calls for the line to be standardised as part of the proposed Melbourne to Brisbane 'Inland Railway'. In April 2008 it was announced that the Shepparton – Tocumwal section of the line would also be upgraded, as part of the Victorian core grain network in a A$23.7 million package with 6 other lines. [4]

On 20 February 2020, a NSW TrainLink XPT passenger train on the adjacent North East railway line towards Sydney derailed at Wallan, resulting in suspension of freight, V/Line and NSW TrainLink services on the North East and Tocumwal railway lines. V/Line services resumed on 1 and 2 March 2020. [5]

Branch lines

A branch line was subsequently built from Murchison East to Rushworth and Colbinabbin, with another branch from Rushworth to Stanhope and Girgarre. A cross-country line between Toolamba and Echuca was completed in 1887. [6]

A short branch line was opened from Shepparton to Dookie in 1888. A tramway, built and operated by the Shire of Tungamah, was opened between Dookie and Katamatite in 1890. It was taken over by the Victorian Railways in 1896. [7] Another short branch line was opened from Strathmerton to Cobram in 1888.

Passenger services

Craigieburn passenger services operate on the line within the Melbourne region between Craigieburn and Southern Cross. Upfield line services also utilise a small section of the line between North Melbourne and Southern Cross. Regional services from Seymour (as the Seymour line) and Shepparton also operate to Southern Cross, skipping most metropolitan stations. The line between Tocumwal and Shepparton is no longer served by passenger services.

Shepparton services

Shepparton
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Overview
Service type Regional rail
StatusOperational
Locale Victoria, Australia
Current operator(s) V/Line
Route
Start Shepparton
Stops16
End Southern Cross
Distance travelled184.84 km (114.85 mi)
Average journey time2 hour 32 minutes
Service frequency
  • 5 Southern Cross-bound services, 5 Shepparton-bound services on weekdays
  • 3 services on weekends each direction
Line(s) usedTocumwal
On-board services
Class(es) First and economy
Disabled accessNo
Catering facilitiesMost services
Technical
Rolling stock Locomotive hauled N type carriage
Track gauge 1,600 mm (5 ft 3 in)
Electrification None
Operating speed
  • Shepparton services: 115 km/h (71 mph) Maximum
  • Seymour Vlocity services: 130 km/h (80 mph) Maximum
Track owner(s) VicTrack

V/Line operates five return services between Shepparton and Melbourne's Southern Cross Station on weekdays, with 3 return services running on Saturdays & Sundays.

Services generally stop at all stations between Shepparton and Donnybrook in both directions, with some services not stopping at Donnybrook, Heathcote Junction and Tallarook. Within the metropolitan network, limited services make stops at Essendon and North Melbourne on weekdays, while all services stop at Broadmeadows. At these stations, Shepparton-bound services only pick up passengers and Southern Cross-bound services only drop off. No services stop at any other station served by a metropolitan service.

Shepparton V/Line Service
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Southern Cross
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0:04
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1.7 km
North Melbourne
Zone 1
0:18
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16.9 km
Broadmeadows
Zone 2
0:30
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33.2 km
Donnybrook
Zone 2
0:40
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47.5 km
Wallan
Zone 2
0:47
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57.3 km
Wandong
Zone 2
0:54
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65.5 km
Kilmore East
Zone 3/4
1:02
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77.2 km
Broadford
Zone 4/5
1:18
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101.7 km
Seymour
Zone 6
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128.1 km
Nagambie
Zone 9
1:58
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149.2 km
Murchison East
Zone 11
2:18
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179.0 km
Mooroopna
Zone 14
2:32
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184.8 km
Shepparton
Zone 15
Standard timetabled journey
from Southern Cross

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References

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  2. Bob Whitehead (2008). Tocumwal Railway Centenary.
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