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Wiltshire Line NW Tasmania
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 Posted: 2 Aug 2017 11:32
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Dr Tony
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It is finally been announced that the rail between Burnie and Wynyard is to be removed and replaced with rail
http://www.premier.tas.gov.au/releases/coastal_pathway_to_link_wynyard_and_burnie
This has been a long time coming. Passenger service on this line stopped in 1978, which was the Tasman Limited from Hobart to Wynyard. Not quite sure when freight stopped on the line, suspect it was in the late 1990s or early 2000s, my brother in law will know. For a time the line was in "care and maintenance" mode, where a high-railer would come along and do weeding, that has not happened for about 10 years now.
The rail has been asphalted over at many level crossings, rail cut and points removed from most yards although the main still goes through. All buildings have been removed as well as most signals and level crossing lights and signs.
There has been significant development on the rail corridor around Wynyard station and some undermining near the Seabrook Golf Club with new drainage culvert being put under the line.
My interest? My wife comes from Wynyard and her family still live there, right opposite the water, they have the road in front of them, then the track, then the dunes. It is a very picturesque route and it would be great to see trains run there again.
However, it is time to be realistic, there has not been a big freight customer on the route for many years, that's what it would need to make the dollars stack up. As far as converting it to a tourist railway you really only have to look at Don River Railway just down the road, they have a fraction of the distance, a couple of km versus about 20 and they really seem to have a battle on their hands with the number of volunteers they have keeping the track in running order, the extra distance would be beyond them.
I love the scenery of the line, I have many, many photos of rusty rails, but I also like riding my bike. Down there it is nice and flat, and the Fernleigh track in Newcastle is my favourite example of turning a disused rail asset, never to run trains again, into a great community asset.
Cheers
Tony



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I was in Tassie in January 2016 and the north coast is beautiful. Would love to see a train run right through to Wynyard, or bbetter still, all the way to Stanley !

Here are a couple of pics of what the line would be like if reinstated. These pics were taken just east of Penguin, very picturesque indeed, but gives everyone a look at what the line would look like along the north coast. ;)





Cheers, Gary.



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We visited the area back in 2008 staying at Somerset and visiting the Nut. From memory we looked in at Wynyard station - still some points and loops/sidings, walked part of the track bed around Somerset (where we stayed) and found a disused freight yard which may have been the Railhead (for timber traffic?). Saw a few bits of Tassies railways and hope to go back some day.

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Hi Gary,
That's my favourite part of the working line, that bit between Penguin and Ulverstone. West of Wynyard towards Stanley the line heads inland, not as scenic, therefore not as interesting for people to repurpose, except to put buildings on, which is far worse fate than a path.
They have spent a fair bit of money in recent years on the working parts, newish rails, new sleepers, new bridges, new locos and wagons. This is to counter decades of underinvestment by both the government, federal and state (As it was part of AN for a while) and especially the private sector. There are rumblings of the Tasmanian government getting out of rail again, and that would be a real shame, it all just seems to be getting some serious traction and momentum at the moment.
Will post some of my photos of the line up when I get the chance. Going down there every summer and getting around a lot by bike allows me to take lots of photos of the disused line.
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