Business plan for North East Rail Trail

The North Eastern Advertiser reports that consultants have commenced working on a business plan for conversion of the Tonganah to Legerwood railway line reserve to a rail trail. The Hobart based consultants who have ridden the route are impressed by the opportunity it offers to bikers, walkers and horse riders. The Rotary Club of Scottsdale is promoting the trail and will be investing funds and resources to assist with its completion. The report is due by the end of June 2011.

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6 Responses to Business plan for North East Rail Trail

  1. Greg says:

    Great idea, make it so.
    Always thought the Derwent Valley rail would make a fantastic track.
    All the way to Maydena.
    It doesnt seem to get used for much else, in particular trains.

  2. Flic Montgomery says:

    Great to hear conversion of the Tonganah to Legerwood railway line to a rail trail is becoming a reality. Well done Scottsdale Rotary for supporting and assisting with funds and resources.

    Are there any plans to continue the rail trail to Herrick ? I have walked some of this section, near Telita, wonderful scenery. With no tracks to take up I hope this can be developed to complete the rail trail to the end of the line reserve at Herrick.

  3. Chris Wallace says:

    Surely a more tourist friendly and visionary approach would be to get the line operating again in some way for summer use.

    • Peter Osborne Gold Coast says:

      What a marvelous idea. As an early teen I rode the train as far as Branxholme ( a very daring adventure) and loved it. In fact I can still smell the coal smoke.
      While getting the train going again is an exciting thought I don’t think it could ever be financially viable.
      I hope funds become available to extend the track all the way, eventually to Herrick

  4. Rohan says:

    The North East Extension between Scottsdale and Branxholme was completed in 1912. The track beyond Tonganah(over the Great Forester River). The engineering work through what is called the “BillyCock’ named after a style of hat (Designed by the Earl of Cooke, Billy Cook Hat ) then which was lost and found on a manfern in the days of pack horse days.
    I campaigned extensively in 1996 and 1997 to keep the railway and have it listed as part of the Natioan Estate. I photographed the whole track and sometimes traveled in the cab loco on the log train in the late 1980′s. The section is on par with the Cains -Kuranda railway in QLD but without the water falls. The large granite cutting , and rock faces surrounding the track have carpets of moss and lycen.
    Okay there are some spots of clearing and pine plantations but that is part of the industry for 120 years that helps keep their ecconomy going.
    It will be perfect trail to people with mobility and access problems and allow them to explore a little bush wilderness.
    I encourage anyone interested in riding a bike, walking, mobility aid, enjoying the bush, using a rail trail to support this project. Tasmania and the North East,in the future will need all the support it can get .

    The department of Railways had a policy of using indigenous names for their stations, Tonganah, Kamona, Trewalla and the top of the hill Tullendeena. The trail climbs between .

    Have riden and walked the Bainsdale to Orbost rail trail a few times and it is a success. I find rail Trails are always used by resonsible people.

    The ‘Billycock’ trail will be the best trail in Australia.

    The railway between Coldwater Creek, North of Launceston is the star of the North east tlne, constructed twenty years earlier. The tunnel at tunnel has a spring that flows out of the wall. The nicest tasting cool water you will find. Full of minerals.

    Denison George was an interesting section of track and up until the 1920′s, was a popular picnic train destination but now over grown with Blackberries. Wyena has a very old cemitary and may have some Chinese MIner graves ?

    Morrina beyond Herrick have the largest settlemnt of Chinese Miners in Tasmania during the gold rush.

  5. Rohan Sinclair says:

    In 1997 , the Australian Heritage Commission requested ANTasrail for cooperation to Register the entire line as part of the National Estate. They did not wish to participate to appoint a heritage consultant. Numerious letters to newspapers and ministers State and Federal were written to try to stop the line between Tonganah and Branxholme to be pulledup. There was no interest in Tasmania to save the line. An extensive submission was made to the Australian Heritage Commission to register the line between Scottsdale and Branxholme as part of the Nationl Estate.
    I have a complete record of all news articles , letters and the AHC correspondence.

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