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Dubbo to Molong Rail Trail - Trail Description

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Dubbo to Molong Rail Trail

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Type: Rail trail
Location: Dubbo to Molong via Cumnock and Yeoval in Central West of NSW
Start/end: Dubbo to Molong
Status: Possible
Length open: 0km
Terrain: flat
Best seasons: autumn to spring
Public transport: Train, Coach
Contact Region: Country NSW & ACT
Molong Railway Station (2011)
Molong Railway Station (2011)
Not yet open
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Features

This trail is not opened or developed. It is one of 17 potential rail trails in NSW

This trail would be a great rural rail trail.

  • It would be almost 130km in length, making it ideal for a one day ride for the enthusiast, or a multi day tour for the touring cyclist.
  • The trail has two major towns at the start and finish, with two delightful vlllages in between.
  • The major towns of Dubbo and Molong are well serviced by public transport, have plenty of accommodation and places to eat.
  • The villages of Yeoval and Cumnock both have accommodation and meals available.
  • The railway passes through rolling country side and has many embankments, cuttings and bridges for railway enthusiasts to enjoy.
  • Some station buildings and railway infrastructure still exists at Yeoval and Cumnock

Description

This trail is not yet open.

This 129km railway from Molong ot Dubbo opened in 1925 and basically paralled the main Orange - Dubbo railway while serving the many communities along the way. Operations ceased in 1991 except for 2 km at Molong that is used for a passing siding on the main western line to Broken Hill.

A group of interested locals pushed for a rail trail to initially extend 6km from the city centre across the MacQuarie River to Dundullimal historic homestead. From Dundullimal there would be an off road link to the popular Western Plains Zoo, connecting with and existing cycleway back to town. The Dubbo City Council supported the concept and in November 2006 released a working paper.  This project is now complete.

The two railway bridges on the Macquarie River flood plains total 400m in length. Further complicating matters is a mining company that has indicated it may want to use the railway in the future. However the Dubbo City Council has now built a new cycle bridge next to the railway bridge, giving access from Dundullimal to Macquarie St in South Dubbo.  The trail has been further extended alonside the old railway line for another 2km, extending all the way to High St.

The group is undaunted and hope to get started on forming a rail trail committee once it becomes clear what the mining company is going to do with the railway line.

The Cabonne Shire Council conducted preliminary investigations into the possibility of creating a rail trail along the 58km Molong - Yeoval section. However as of early 2006 this appears to have been put on hold due to adjacent landholder opposition.

Background Information

The Molong- Dubbo railway line is a closed railway line in western New South Wales, Australia. It branched off of the Broken Hill railway line at Molong and paralleled the Main West line before rejoining it at Dubbo. The line was designed with gentler grades than the steeper section of the Main Western line via Wellington, but this resulted in it taking a meandering course (131km in length for a point-to point distance of 85km).

The line is particularly scenic, and comprised several steel bridges and some significant engineering works. The New South Wales Government Railways had intentions for it to become the mainline to Dubbo. The line was approved in 1916, but the First World War saw its construction delayed until 1920. It opened in 1925 with expectations of high traffic as ten crossing loops and significant attended passenger station facilities were provided. It never reached its full potential however.

Passenger services were operated by CPH type rail motors between 1932 and 1974, with the occasional diversion of other mainline trains over the line. The rail motor was withdrawn in September 1974 along with many other branch services during a nation-wide fuel crisis. The line saw considerable local grain haulage however, but the general freight downturn in the 1980s, the opening of the Ulan line and a transfer of some local grain haulage to road transport by the State Rail Authority, saw the line's demise, and it was truncated north of Yeoval in 1987 with the remainder officially closed in 1993.

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05 December , 2012 by andrewdlc

Looking to do this ride with a group in Jan 2013. I'm assuming that Alkane aren't yet using the line. Would there be any reason that we wouldn't be able to ride along this stretch from Molong to Dubbo? Are there any areas that are off limits or dangerous that anyone is aware of? Has anyone done the ride?

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