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New England Rail Trail - Trail Description



New England Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: In the New England area of North East NSW
Start/end: Armidale to Wallangarra
Status: Possible
Length open: 0km
Contact Region: Country NSW & ACT
Dumaresq Railway Station (2012)
Dumaresq Railway Station (2012)
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This Trail is not developed.  It is one of 17 potential Rail Trails in NSW.

The disused Railway between Armidale and Wallangarra is approx 210km long, and traverses some picturesque countryside in the New England Ranges of Northern NSW

  • A lot of the old railway stations have been preserved and refurbished by local community groups
  • The Tenterfield Railway Station has been turned into a museum with a lot of rolling stock and memorabilia at the station
  • The line went past Ben Lomond which at 4,473 feet above sea level, is the highest railway station in Australia
  • Wallangarra Station is on the NSW - QLD border, and was the change of guage station.  All buildings and rail lines remain in situ
  • Larger towns of Armidale, Guyra, Glen Innes, and Tenterfield offer many accommodation and dining options


 A possible rail trail from Armidale to Wallangarra.  This would be a 210km trail through scenic mountain country.  The old rail line passed through Guyra, Ben Lomond, Glen Innes, Deepwater, Tenterfield and finished on the border town of Wallangarra.  Ben Lomond was the highest railway station in Australia, with Wallangarra being the change of guage station between NSW and Queensland.

Local groups are hoping to develop this former main line for some sections.  Interest has been renewed since the formation of Rail Trails for NSW (RT4NSW).  This group is actively lobbying the State Government to allow the development of rail trails on ex-gov lines in NSW.  For more information click on the link below.

Background Information

The Main North line starts from Sydney and extends north to the Queensland border, at the town of Wallangarra.

It once was the main line to Queensland, with a break-of-gauge at the border. Now however, the North Coast Line provides a standard gauge line to Brisbane, and the Main North is closed just beyond Armidale.

The section from Sydney to Maitland forms part of the main northern trunk line, and carries all sorts of freight and passenger trains. From Maitland to Armidale, freight dominates, especially coal in rich Hunter Valley coal fields. Nevertheless, passenger trains do run all the way to Armidale.

The town of Werris Creek is a major rail location, where the north-west lines branch off.



For further information click on New England Rail Trail

To see what is happening in NSW click HERE

August 2019


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New England Rail Trail needs your help

(Posted: 09/08/19)

The New England Rail Trail Committee is ramping up it's efforts to get a rail trail established, but needs some funding to prepare a detailed business plan.