Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail

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Growth through innovation - sustainable tourism

Background

This project is one of three Government supported pilot projects in NSW involving closure of a disused public railway for conversion to a rail trail for recreational use.

The rail trail from Tumbarumba to Rosewood will be the first for NSW and is slated to deliver a vibrant, revitalized corridor for walking and cycling in the Snowy Valleys region.

The Trail

Approximately 22km in length, the trail will run between Albury Street, Tumbarumba and McEachern Lane,
Rosewood.

There are two proposed trail heads. The first is the Tumbarumba heritage listed landmark 'Wolters Cottages' and the second is located in the centre of Rosewood at the local park. Both trail heads have facilities for parking and toilets.

The trail will be designed to be enjoyed by walkers, runners, and cyclists, with the sealed surface also allowing access for prams, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

High quality interpretative and informative signage will be installed to tell a range of stories
related to historical, environmental and agricultural interest. Seating, picnic facilities and amenities
will also be provided.

The Project

About a third of the proposed trail is located within public road reserves, with about two thirds located within/adjacent to parcels of private land. About 0.8km is located outside the corridor along the footpaths of public roads at the Tumbarumba end.

The project involves converting the original rail corridor into a 2.5m wide trail with a sealed surface, contained within a fenced corridor.

It is proposed to remove the rails and sleepers and construct a sealed surface, while maintaining/restoring other railway artifacts including bridges, signs and station infrastructure.

Council received funding of $5,700,000 for the project under the State Government’s Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure fund and Round Two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities grants.


Growth through innovation - sustainable tourism

Background

This project is one of three Government supported pilot projects in NSW involving closure of a disused public railway for conversion to a rail trail for recreational use.

The rail trail from Tumbarumba to Rosewood will be the first for NSW and is slated to deliver a vibrant, revitalized corridor for walking and cycling in the Snowy Valleys region.

The Trail

Approximately 22km in length, the trail will run between Albury Street, Tumbarumba and McEachern Lane,
Rosewood.

There are two proposed trail heads. The first is the Tumbarumba heritage listed landmark 'Wolters Cottages' and the second is located in the centre of Rosewood at the local park. Both trail heads have facilities for parking and toilets.

The trail will be designed to be enjoyed by walkers, runners, and cyclists, with the sealed surface also allowing access for prams, wheelchairs and mobility scooters.

High quality interpretative and informative signage will be installed to tell a range of stories
related to historical, environmental and agricultural interest. Seating, picnic facilities and amenities
will also be provided.

The Project

About a third of the proposed trail is located within public road reserves, with about two thirds located within/adjacent to parcels of private land. About 0.8km is located outside the corridor along the footpaths of public roads at the Tumbarumba end.

The project involves converting the original rail corridor into a 2.5m wide trail with a sealed surface, contained within a fenced corridor.

It is proposed to remove the rails and sleepers and construct a sealed surface, while maintaining/restoring other railway artifacts including bridges, signs and station infrastructure.

Council received funding of $5,700,000 for the project under the State Government’s Restart NSW Regional Tourism Infrastructure fund and Round Two of the NSW Government’s Stronger Communities grants.


  • Virtual Opening

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    04 Jun 2020
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    6 April 2020

    A fantastic virtual opening took place on Friday 3 April to celebrate the official opening of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail, to view click here.

    Join Mayor James Hayes as he celebrates the opening of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail! On the trail with the Mayor!

    And to hear more about this momentous project from Cr Hayes click here.

    #SVC #TumbarumbatoRosewoodRailTrail #majorprojects #proudlyfundedbyNSWGovernment #communitypartnerships

  • Official Opening

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    25 Feb 2020
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    25 February

    Member for Albury, Justin Clancy MP will cut the ribbon to celebrate the official opening of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail on Friday 3 April 2020. Official proceedings will commence at 11:30am at the Figures Street trackhead.

    Snowy Valleys Council Mayor Cr James Hayes will join Mr Clancy, the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Committee, locals and trail enthusiasts from all over Australia to officially open the much anticipated 22 kilometre cycling and walking trail.

    To read on click here Media Release


  • First Stock Overpass

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    25 Feb 2020
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    7 February 2020

    #tumbarumbatorosewoodrailtrail progress - the first of 7 stock overpasses has been installed on the trail. Once complete with backfill, fences and the works, stock can move freely to cross over the trail and riders/runners don’t have the inconvenience of stopping to open and close stock gates.


  • Bridge work underway

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    03 Feb 2020
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    12 December 2019

    Work is underway on rail trail bridges.

    A 100 tonne crane was used to remove the main beans at Mannus Creek Bridge.

    Here is an photo of bridge number 6 on Wagga Road at Hulm’s, on schedule for completion by the end of the week.



  • Track sealing begins

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    03 Feb 2020
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    9 December 2019

    Another exciting stage of the project commenced this week, the Figure Street carpark and approximately 2kms of trail was sealed with more sealing planned before Christmas.

    Check out the team in action:


  • Catching up with Friends of the Rail Trail Group

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    05 Sep 2019
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    5 Sept 2019

    Work continues on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail and we had another very productive session with the Tumbarumba Friends of the Rail Trail last week, where we discussed the designs for the Rosewood track head, Wolseley Park former station site and Figures Street trail access.

    #SVC #PartneringwithourCommunity #ProudlyfundedbyNSWGovernment


  • Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail Starting to Take Shape

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    04 Jun 2019
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    Published 24 May 2019

    Work on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail is gaining momentum with the removal of vegetation and tree chipping well underway. Rails and sleepers are piling up alongside several sections of the historic rail corridor and the trail is really starting to take shape.



  • Turning the First Sod

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    29 Apr 2019
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    17 April 2019

    Member for Albury Justin Clancy and former Member for Albury Greg Aplin joined Snowy Valleys Council Mayor Cr James Hayes and Owen Fitzgerald of Friends of Rail Trail today in turning the first sod to celebrate the official commencement of construction on the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail.

    A pilot for the state and a working model for future rail trails, the approximately 22 kilometre walking and cycling track is expected to be a boon for the Snowy Valleys, cementing our region as a premium cycling destination.

    The $5.7 million NSW Government funded trail is expected to be completed by the end of February 2020.

    Click here to read more


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  • Tree Removal Trials

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    29 Apr 2019
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    14 April 2019

    This week Council's rail trail crew has been focused on removing trees that have taken root between the tracks since trains stopped running along the rails between Tumbarumba and Rosewood.

    Different methods are being trialed to determine the most effective way to remove the trees and we are working on a re-vegetation plan to later replant trees and shrubs that will complement the use of the track.


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  • Another Trail Walk

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    29 Apr 2019
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    31 March 2019

    General Manager, Matthew Hyde, Councillor Julia Ham and daughter Alice joined Friends of the Rail Trail and Council Project Managers for some fresh air and wide open spaces this week. It was worth the early start to experience the magic of the Tumbarumba Region at sunrise and walk over the highly anticipated first stage of the Tumbarumba to Rosewood Rail Trail.


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