SAR Gladstone-Wilmington

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Gladstone-Wilmington Line Location Index Scenarios

Gladstone

Junction for Broken Hill LineBroad Gauge

FuelWool

Laura
Stone Hut
Wirrabara
Yandiah
Booleroo Centre
Peroomba
Melrose
Terka

Wilmington

Terminus

Symbols:

Facilities:
Coal Loco Coal Stage Fuel Bunker C Oil Fuel Point
Loop Crossing Loop WYE Turning Triangle or WYE
Turntable Loco Turntable Shed Loco Shed
Water Loco Water Tank  
Commodities:
Passengers Passengers Passengers Station closed or inactive
Goods Goods Grain Grain
Oils_Fuels Oil and Fuel Stockyard Livestock (Cattle and Sheep)
Minerals Minerals Wool Wool Bales

Line History:

Opened:  1884-1915
Closed:  1990
Length:  87km - 54mi

Built as a narrow gauge (3ft6in - 1067mm) line from Gladstone to Laura in 1884, it was extended to Booleroo Centre in 1910 and to Wilmington in 1915. There were proposals to extend the line to Port Augusta or to Quorn but these never proceeded.

The line was single track with crossing loops at most locations. There were no signals on the line with Train Order Working in operation.

The 1964 working timetable had six scheduled freight services each week, three of which ran "only when required". Half the services terminated at Booleroo Centre.

A late night passenger service from Gladstone to Wilmington ran Mondays to Saturdays, returning early the next morning (Tuesdays to Sundays), making connections with a broad gauge (5ft3in - 1600mm) service at Gladstone to and from the state capital Adelaide.

Passenger services ended in 1969 when the Port Pirie-Broken Hill Line was converted to standard gauge (4ft8½in - 1435mm) which isolated the line from the rest of the narrow gauge network.

The 1982 working timetable had just a single freight service to Wilmington each week.

The line was closed in 1990 and, apart from a few places of historical significance, the track has since been removed. The section from Wilmington to Melrose is now a cycling and walking "rail trail".

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