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Greenethorpe to Grenfell Rail Trail - Trail Description



Greenethorpe to Grenfell Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Grenfell is 444km west of Sydney in central NSW
Start/end: Greenethorpe to Grenfell
Status: Closed
Length open: 0km
Terrain: Undulating scenic
Best seasons: All
Public transport: Coach
Contact Region: Country NSW & ACT
Grenfell Railway Station (2012)
Grenfell Railway Station (2012)
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This rail trail is not yet open. It is one of 17 potential Rail Trails in NSW

The proposed Greenethorpe to Grenfell Rail Trail would be 30km in length, making it ideal for both day trippers and locals alike.  The countryside in this area offers spectacular rural scenery, and the township of Grenfell has lots of other attractions including the grain silo art and the annual Henry Lawson festival.

The Landra Castle and Weddin Mountains National Park are nearby.

The Grenfell Railway Staion has been well preserved, and is the precinct for the local men's shed.

Background Information

The proposed Greenethorpe to Grenfell Rail Trail is part of the Grenfell branch line. It is a 52km long branch line in the central west of NSW that branches off the Blayney-Demondrille line at the township of Koorawatha, and meanders around undulating countryside to terminate at the town of Grenfell. The branch line was built as a result of local lobbying once the main line had opened. The line was opened for traffic in 1901, and was built to "pioneer" standards, meaning light rail, earth ballast and no fencing.

Although built primarily to carry grain, the line did see reasonable passenger numbers. Indeed, in 1936 the CPH railcar was replaced with a scheduled steam train to carry the load. However declining number saw the last passenger service on 11/8/1974.

Services were suspended over the whole line in 1991, however the section between Koorawatha Junction and Greenethorpe was re-opened the following year to carry grain.


September 2020

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Proposed Greenethorpe to Grenfell Rail Trail - (Central NSW)

(Posted: 04/12/20)

A group of residents in the Greenethorpe district are calling on surrounding communities to show support for a proposed Rail Trail in the Central West of NSW between Greenethorpe and Grenfell. This is a long disused branch line from Koorawatha, on the Blayney to Demondrille line.