Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Lost Train Lines # 14 Strzelecki Railway Line

The Strzelecki line must have one of the shortest lived sections of track in Australia.

Opened in June 1922 as a branch line off the South Gippsland railway line, it trundled off from Koo Wee Rup station and chugged its way through 8 stations of the farming district of the Strzelecki Ranges, offering freight and passenger services.

But the first section to be closed was a mere 8 years after it began; a trestle bridge between Triholm to Strzelecki developed such a sway it would make any madame blush. The powers that be deemed their hip pockets too deep and their arms too short to repair the bridge, so the section was permanently shut.

The Yannathan to Triholm section was closed in 1941 after floods in the Lang Lang River damaged one of the four trestle bridges spanning it. Again the deep pockets and short arms decided the closure.

The Bayles to Yannathan section was closed for business in 1950 with the last tiny part of track from Koo Wee Rup to Bayles servicing the butter factory at Bayles until it too was shut down in 1959.

Better be sitting down for the next bit - as Koo Wee Rup station is still mainly intact and the rails are in pretty good condition, when if the line between Cranbourne and Leongatha is ever reopened in the hopefully near future Koo Wee Rup station could easily be reinstated as a stop on the line.
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