Adelaide-Wolseley Railway Line
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Adelaide-Wolseley Railway Line

Adelaide-Wolseley railway line
Continues fromAdelaide-Port Augusta line
Continues asWestern standard gauge line
Reopened1995 (standardised)
OwnerAustralian Rail Track Corporation
Line length313 km (194 mi)
Number of tracks1
Track gauge
Old gauge

The Adelaide-Wolseley railway line is a 313 kilometre line running from Adelaide to Wolseley on the Australian Rail Track Corporation network.[2][3] It is the South Australian section of the Melbourne-Adelaide railway.


The line opened in stages: on 14 March 1883 from Adelaide to Aldgate, on 28 November 1883 to Nairne, on 1 May 1886 to Bordertown and on 19 January 1887 to Serviceton.[4] The line consisted of double track as far as Belair, where it became single track for the remainder of the journey east. Along its 313 km length there are 18 crossing loops.[3] In 1995, the track was converted to standard gauge as part of the gauge conversion of the line to Melbourne. This included one of the lines west of Belair, effectively converting this section to two single lines. In 2009, the Belair line was relaid with Dual gauge sleepers that will allow it to be converted to standard gauge, resulting in the line again becoming double track.[5][6]

Originally operated by South Australian Railways, in March 1978 it was transferred to Australian National and in July 1998 to the Australian Rail Track Corporation. Until April 1987, the State Transport Authority services then operated on the first 37 kilometres of the line from Adelaide to Bridgewater, when they were curtailed to Belair, the terminus of today's Adelaide Metro Belair line.[7]TransAdelaide succeeded the STA in operating the line in 1994.


Major towns on the route include Murray Bridge, Tailem Bend, Keith and Bordertown.[2]


Today the route is mainly served by interstate freight services operated by Pacific National and SCT Logistics. Intrastate grain freight services from the Loxton and Pinnaroo lines operated by Genesee & Wyoming Australia ceased operating in July 2015.[8]

Journey Beyond's The Overland is the only scheduled passenger service to traverse the full route, calling at Murray Bridge and Bordertown stations.[9]Adelaide Metro services operate from Adelaide to Belair.[7]


  1. ^ Adelaide - Melbourne SA Track & Signal
  2. ^ a b Dry Creek - Victorian border map SA Track & Signal
  3. ^ a b D3 Wolseley to Mile End Archived 2 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine Australian Rail Track Corporation
  4. ^ Newland, Andrew; Quinlan, Howard (2000). Australian Railway Routes 1854 - 2000. Redfern: Australian Railway Historical Society. p. 53. ISBN 0-909650-49-7.
  5. ^ 2008/09 State Budget Archived 27 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine South Australian Department of Treasury & Finance June 2008
  6. ^ Belair Line Renewal Adelaide Metro
  7. ^ a b Belair timetable Archived 23 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine Adelaide Metro 12 October 2014
  8. ^ Strathearn, Peri (21 May 2015). "End of line for Murraylands, Mallee grain trains". The Murray Valley Standard. Fairfax Regional Media. Retrieved 2015.
  9. ^ The Overland Timetables Archived 22 January 2015 at the Wayback Machine Great Southern Rail

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