- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
- The proposed Greenethorpe to Grenfell Rail Trail would be 30 km long, making it ideal for day trippers and locals
- The countryside in this area offers spectacular rural scenery
- Grenfell has lots of other attractions including grain silo art and the annual Henry Lawson festival
- Iandra Castle and Weddin Mountains National Park nearby
- Grenfell Railway Station is well preserved, and is the precinct for the local men’s shed.
- Grain silo artwork at Grenfell
This trail would traverse rich farming land in the Greenethorpe area, before coming to more undulating countryside toward Grenfell.
There will be a few road crossings, most on quiet rural roads.
Greenethorpe has a small post office and coffee shop as well as a country pub, both offering meals and refreshments.
Grenfell is a large country town with many accommodation and refreshment options.
Greenethorpe to Grenfell (30 km)
Carriage at Grenfell
Road view of station
Old switch gear
We acknowledge the Wiradjuri people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail will be built.
Development and future of the rail trail
In 2021 a local committee was formed to lobby the NSW Government for a rail trail on the disused line between Greenethorpe and Grenfell.
In May a motion was put to Weddin Shire Council to investigate sources of funding to carry out a detailed feasibility study for construction of a rail trail.
Rail line history
The proposed Greenethorpe to Grenfell Rail Trail is part of the Grenfell branch line, a 52 km branch line in the Central West of NSW that branches off the Blayney-Demondrille line at Koorawatha, and passes through undulating countryside to Grenfell.
The branch line was built as a result of local lobbying once the main line had opened. The line opened for traffic in 1901 and was built to ‘pioneer’ standards – light rail, earth ballast and no fencing.
Although built primarily to carry grain, the line did see reasonable passenger numbers; in fact, in 1936 the railcar was replaced by a scheduled steam train, but declining numbers saw the last passenger service in August 1974.
Services were suspended over the whole line in 1991, but the section between Koorawatha Junction and Greenethorpe was reopened the following year to carry grain.