Trail Possible

Moree – Inverell Rail Trail

NSW country and ACT

Location: 650km NorthWest of Sydney
Length: 0 km
Surface: Disused Railway Line
Start / End: Moree to Inverell
Public Transport: Bus, Train
Suitable for:
  • NOT YET OPENNOT YET OPEN

Map Legend:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Possible Rail Trail
  • Other Trail
  • former Railway
  • Running 154 km from Moree to Inverell, it has the potential to be one of the longest rail trails in NSW
  • Scenic, undulating landscapes close to Inverell
  • The original branch line was built for steam trains and follows a circuitous course through the hills – ideal  for a rail trail

Attractions

  • Moree Artesian Aquatic Centre
  • Historic buildings and museums
  • Kaputar National Park nearby
  • National Transport Museum at Inverell
  • Inverell Pioneer Village
  • Sapphire fossicking
  • Fishing at nearby Copeton Dam

Trail Guide

NOTE: This rail trail is not yet open. It is one of 17 potential Rail Trails in NSW

The Inverell railway line is a closed railway line in New South Wales, Australia. The line branches from Moree, and travels east through farming countryside and the small towns of Gravesend and Warialda Rail, gradually rising through Delungra toward the terminus at Inverell. Several silos, stock loading facilities and associated sidings can still be seen along the old alignment.

Section Guides

 

Moree to Bininguy (40 km)

Bininguy to Gravesend (16 km)

Gravesend to Warialda Rail (23 km)

Warialda Rail to Delungra (36 km)

Delungra to Inverell (40 km)

Background Information

Traditional Owners

We acknowledge the Kamilaroi people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail will be built.

Development and future of the rail trail

As of June 2021 there is no active committee trying to lobby for the construction of a rail trail on this disused corridor.  Rail Trails Australia views this as a viable potential rail trail, and would be keen to support any person or group to lobby for its construction.

If you are interested, contact us at nsw@railtrails.org.au

Rail Line History

Construction of the 154km line from Moree began in July 1898, and around 300 people were employed using horses and drays and a huge plough. A gang of 40 men cleared timber, and earthworks were made by horse-drawn scoops.

Travelling time for passengers between Sydney and Inverell by rail in 1904 was more than 24 hours.

Passenger services between Inverell and Moree ended in 1983. The final train from Inverell yard ran in June 1987, and the line beyond Delungra was decommissioned on 2 December 1987. In August 1991, the line was further truncated to Biniguy, with the final section closed on 14 June 1994, and the line listed as out of use beyond a short siding from the junction with the Mungindi line, just south of Moree station. The bridge across the Gwydir River near Gravesend was heritage listed in 1999.

Following the closure of the line in 1987, the Inverell station building was relocated to Inverell Pioneer Village.

No services listed for this rail trail.

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