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Piangil railway line


Piangil railway line

Piangil railway line, Victoria
Piangil line map
Line details
Length 350 km (217 mi)
Stations 5
Tracks 1
Used by V/Line, Pacific National
Rolling stock N class locomotive and N carriages (V/Line), locomotive and grain hoppers (PN)
Connections Eaglehawk – Inglewood line
Rail transport in Victoria

The Piangill railway line (often referred to as the Swan Hill railway line) is a railway line in Victoria, Australia. It branches off the Echuca railway line at Bendigo station and has five stations.


  • History 1
  • Line guide 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4


The line was progressively extended from the Echuca line, the junction being past Bendigo Signal Box D. The line opened to Raywood in 1882, to Mitiamo in 1883, Pyramid and Kerang in 1884, and Swan Hill in 1890.[1] The line from Swan Hill was later extended, to Piangil in 1915, to Kooloonong in 1920, and to Yungera in 1926. It was cut back to Kooloonong in 1957 and to Piangil in 1981.[1]

From Kerang the privately operated Koondrook branch line opened in 1924, was acquired by the Victorian Railways in 1952 and closed in 1981. Another branch opened to Murrabit in 1924, and under the 1922 Border Railways Act was extended to Stony Crossing, New South Wales in 1928, before closure in 1943. No passenger services were carried on the section beyond Murrabit after 1932, passenger services ceased to Murrabit in 1941 and the branch line closed altogether in 1961.[2]

The last passenger services from Swan Hill to Woorinen were withdrawn on 17 December 1976. The last train was a 102hp Walker railmotor, running a service for school children that was paid for by the Education Department. The last passenger service from Swan Hill to Piangil ran on 24 December 1976 again with a 102 hp Walker. Both services were replaced with buses soon after.[3]

On 5 June 2007, a fatal crash occurred between a train and a semi-trailer near Kerang. Eleven people died, all of whom were passengers.

In April 2008 it was announced that the Swan Hill – Piangil section of the line would be upgraded, as part of the Victorian core grain network in a $23.7 million package with 6 other lines.[4]

In October 2010, the Victorian government released a report into public transport improvement options for the north-west of Victoria, outlining nine proposals for public transport projects servicing the city of Mildura. Options discussed include the return of passenger trains on the existing railway between Ballarat and Mildura, or via an extension the extension of the railway from Swan Hill to connect to the Mildura line at Ouyen.[5][6]

On 16 July 2014, V-Line services to and from Swan Hill ceased North Melbourne Station and stopped at Footscray Station as part of the Regional Rail Link project.

Line guide

Silos and loop siding at Lake Boga
The line near Pyramid
Silos and goods shed at Pyramid
Silos and goods grane at Kerang
Swan Hill-Kooloonong rail ticket 1977
Swan Hill-Koondrook rail ticket 1977

Passenger services on the line are operated by V/Line as extensions of services to Bendigo from Southern Cross Station in Melbourne.

Bold stations are termini, where some train services terminate; italic stations are always serviced; and stations with an asterisk (*) are staffed part-time.


  1. ^ a b Sid Brown (March 1990). "Tracks Across the State". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division)): pages 71–76. 
  2. ^ "Poonboon". Australian Association of Time Table Collectors. Retrieved 2006-06-09. 
  3. ^ Chris Banger (March 1997). "Rail passenger service withdrawals since 1960". Newsrail (Australian Railway Historical Society (Victorian Division)): pages 77–82. 
  4. ^ "$43m to upgrade rail freight lines". Retrieved 2008-04-27. 
  5. ^ Victorian Government press release - "NORTH WEST PUBLIC TRANSPORT REVIEW REPORT RELEASED", 13 October 2010
  6. ^ North West Public Transport Review

External links

  • Official map
  • Statistics and detailed schematic map at the vicsig enthusiast website
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