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New England Rail Trail

NSW country and ACT

3.3 based on 4 reviews
Location: 480 km north of Sydney
Length: 0 km
Surface: Disused railway line
Start / End: Armidale to Wallangarra
Public Transport: Coach, Train
Suitable for:

  • Rail Trail
  • On Road
  • Potential RT
  • Other Trail
  • Former Railway
Trail Potential
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  • The disused 210km railway line between Armidale and Wallangarra traverses picturesque countryside in the New England Ranges of northern NSW
  • A number of old stations have been preserved and refurbished by community groups
  • Tenterfield Railway Station is now a museum that houses rolling stock and memorabilia
  • The line passes Ben Lomond which, at 1363m above sea level, is the highest railway station in Australia
  • Wallangarra Station on the NSW-Qld border was the change-of-gauge station. All buildings and tracks remain in place
  • Armidale, Guyra, Glen Innes and Tenterfield offer many accommodation and dining options
  • The section from Glen Innes to Ben Lomond is likely to be the first section constructed, following belated support from adjoining councils and the NSW Government:  We did it

Nearby Attractions

This trail is being developed.  It is one of 17 potential rail trails in NSW.

  • Preserved railway stations at Black Mountain, Glen Innes, Deepwater and Tenterfield
  •  Glen Innes has a replica Stonehenge
  •  Tenterfield saddlery
  •  Historic buildings and churches




Last updated: 15 May 2024

Overall description

Section A:  Armidale to Black Mountain (33 km)

Section B: Black Mountain to Guyra (10 km)

Section C: Guyra to Ben Lomond (24 km)

Section D: Ben Lomond to Glen Innes (36 km)

Section E: Glen Innes to Deepwater (37 km)

Section F: Deepwater to Tenterfield (55 km)

Section G: Tenterfield to Wallangarra (19 km)

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6 reviews of “New England Rail Trail”

This is not welcomed by most of the ratepayers who will have to pay to maintain it. As an Armidale resident I do not know a single person in favour of this trail.

Hi Rhonda,
I’m a ratepayer in Armidale and I happen to know several ratepayers personally that are huge supporters of the New England Rail Trail project. Interestingly there is a petition circulating this week that has 2400 signatures and still increasing signed by local people of New England. It’s going to be a great trail.

We know many Armidale Regional Council rate payers who want this rail trail and you will be pleased to know that Council has obtained funding to also cover the maintenance costs.

Recent news that the local councils and the NSW Government are all supporting the construction of the Glen Innes to Ben Lomond section – there is still some planning to do, but when done and constructed this will be an excellent rail trail in NSW that will exceed the usage predictions.

This is another great potential rail trail in NSW. The New England region has spectacular rural scenery, and a lot of the old railway line and infrastructure can be seen from the road. As well as having the highest railway station in Australia at Ben Lomond, it also features the historic change of gauge railway station at the NSW/QLD border town of Wallangarra.

Background Information

Traditional owners

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

Development and future of the rail trail

Many years of lobbying by the local New England Rail Trail community group and rail trail support groups have seen the 103 km Armidale to Glen Innes section identified as one of three pilot rail trails that would be supported by the NSW Government.

A feasibility study for the Armidale to Glen Innes section was completed in 2018 and a business case in 2019. In February 2020 Armidale Council allocated funds for design and to look at a management structure. It is hoped Glen Innes Council will shortly do the same.

Rail line history 

The Main North line extends from Sydney to the Queensland border at Wallangarra.

It once was the main line to Queensland, with a break-of-gauge at the border. Now the North Coast Line now provides a standard gauge line to Brisbane, and the Main North is disused beyond Armidale.

The section from Sydney to Maitland forms part of the main northern trunk line, and carries various sorts of freight and passenger trains. From Maitland to Armidale, freight dominates, especially coal from the Hunter Valley coalfields. Nevertheless, daily Explorer passenger trains still run from Sydney to Armidale.

Lines to the northwest branch off at the major rail location of Werris Creek.

We did it! Preliminary work on New England Rail Trail can now proceed

Posted: 14/05/24

A rescission motion was passed last night (13 May) at the Council's Extraordinary meeting. This means ...


New England Rail Trail needs your support

Posted: 02/05/24

We are calling on all rail trail supporters to express their support for the development ...


New England News

Posted: 24/03/24

The long-awaited New England Rail Trail (NERT) stage 1 from Glen Innes to Ben Lomond in ...


New England Rail Trail needs your help

Posted: 08/08/19

The New England Rail Trail Committee is ramping up it's efforts to get a rail ...

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