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The Pioneer Rail Trail - Trail Description

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The Pioneer Rail Trail

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Type: Rail-side trail
Location: Western side of Blue Mountains, 191km West from Sydney.
Start/end: Oberon (at former Station site nr cnr Albion St and North St) to Hazlegrove (former station site)
Status: Open
Length open: 6km
Surface: Sealed
Terrain: Uundulating
Best seasons: Summer, autumn and spring
Public transport: Bus
Contact Region: Country NSW & ACT
Hazelgrove to Oberon (2009)
Hazelgrove to Oberon (2009)
Suitable for walking Suitable for cycling mountain bikes Suitable for cycling touring hybrid bikes Suitable for wheelchairs Suitable for horse riding Suitable for prams Suitable for scooters in line skates
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Features

Sealed trail traversing undulating open farmland.

Description

This trail currently meanders through the undulating farmlands of the Oberon tableland between Oberon and Hazelgrove. It begins at the Oberon Station (formerly  a museum) in North St and finishes at the site of the former Hazelgrove station situated at the site where the trail crosses the Lowes Hazelgrove Road, some 6 km north of Oberon. 

Background Information

This 6km section is part of a 24km branch line that climbs up from the main western railway at Tarana to Oberon, 1100m above sea level. It was opened in 1923 and ceased operation in 1979. Due to the steep grades and numerous curves it was reportedly infamous for being the slowest railway line in NSW but should make a great rail trail! Hazelgrove is at the top of the steep grade down to Tarana.

The Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway is proposing to run trains once again from Oberon on the railway, hence a rail-side trail.

The Oberon Council established the Oberon Tarana Rail Corridor Committee to oversee the development of an overall plan for the railway and ensure all stakeholders are involved.

The council is also well advanced in the planning and construction of additional cycleways around the town including a 20km cycling\walking loop which connects to Hazelgrove Station and through the Blenham Forest and back to Oberon via Hazelgrove Road.

Links

Oberon Council

Oberon Tarana Heritage Railway

July 2017

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Email or click here: nsw@railtrails.org.au.

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28 March , 2016 by cascho

I walked this trail this afternoon (28/3/16) – it is a nice trail through the surrounding farmland. The trail surface is sealed the whole way, but in poorer quality the closer you are to the Hazelgrove station. There were a few other people on the trail, and it’s clear that horses use the path. It was a good day out, I found the best part being away from the roadside, pity the trail isn’t longer.

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