Glenreagh Station

Glenreagh Station

This Northern Line was first completed around 1915 and this particular station was opened in that same year. In 1924 a branch line from this station was opened, though a washout on the line in 1972 would ultimately seal its fate. The line was never re-opened and the stations that dotted along the branch line on its climb up the steep mountain track were all officially closed in September 1975. This station is a reminder of history in motion. Heralded when it opened as progress, and quietly forgotten as it is left to perish.

 

Nowadays it’s known as the GMR, it was established in 1989 as a heritage tourist railway. The GMR acquired the 35-kilometre section of rail in 1999 from the then State Rail Authority, and was to restore this section of line as well as rolling stock, to enable the heritage tourist railway to operate. GMR’s current rolling stock includes steam locomotive Z19 class 1919, 4-wheel watergin L568, TAM sleeping car, 2 heritage end-platform cars, S type carriages, ex-Sydney interurban cars (“U-Carriage”) and numerous trikes and track maintenance vehicles. As of December 2005, GMR has completed track work to safe working standards for train operation from their West Depot 3.5 km west to Tallawudjah Creek. Steam train operations were scheduled one weekend a month subject to fire bans. In February 2008 operations ceased while GMR worked to fulfil its obligations under the Rail Safety Act. To the right is a still standing example of a New South Wales Railways 20,000 gal water tank from the steam era.

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