In 1993, the Glenreagh to Dorrigo Railway (Closure) Act 1993 was passed clearing the way for the sale or lease of the Branch Line. The line was officially closed by notification in the NSW Government Gazette of 17 December, 1993.
Two groups tendered for the line, the Glenreagh Mountain Railway Inc. and the Dorrigo Steam Railway and Museum Inc. GMR now controls the line from near the Glenreagh precinct to a point approx. 200 metres before Ulong station, while the Dorrigo Steam and Railway Inc. controls the remainder of the line to the Dorrigo terminus. Besides Glenreagh, the only other staffed stations were at Lowanna and Dorrigo while there were other stops at Timber top, Moleton, Ulong, Brooklana, Lloyd, Cascade, Briggsvale, Megan and Leigh. Some remnants of the smaller stops are still visible.
Glenreagh Station was the junction of the Glenreagh to Dorrigo branch line with the North Coast Main Line. The Station opened in October 1915 as part of the North Coast Main Line. Glenreagh Station consisted of an island platform, one main crossing loop, a transit siding and goods sidings. In the days of steam, it had a steam depot, elevated 20,000 gallon water tank, turntable and carriage shed facilities at the Grafton end of the yard. The line left Glenreagh Station from the southern end of the yard; trains to the south were required to reverse.
Glenreagh Mountain Railway (GMR)is not currently conducting steam locomotive operations as our accreditation expired in January 2008.
Since then the Rail Safety National Law (2012) has come into force and we were required to re-apply in accordance with this new act. We received our official Notice of Accreditation as a Rail Infrastructure Manager from the Independent Transport Safety Regulator on 11 October 2011. That allows us to carry out preservation and restoration of our railway infrastructure including the line and associated buildings.
On 7 July 2014, GMR was granted a variation to its accreditation by the Office of the National Rail Safety Regulator to allow it to carry out rolling stock operations for our trikes over specific sections of our track. and to resume restoration of our other rolling stock.
At the moment, it is not possible to give a reliable estimate of when we will be operating heritage steam locomotive hauled passenger train rides again but in the mean time, all sorts of necessary work is going on at between Glenreagh and Lowanna to restore and preserve our railway branch line track and buildings. This work is driven by a dedicated team of young and old volunteers.
Through this web site we are endeavoring to keep members and the general public up to date with our latest activities.
So don't forget to come back and visit us regularly to see all the exciting things happening at Glenreagh and check out the updates on our News Page and also our Facebook page.
The following members represent our 2019 Committee of Management:
President: Chris Hanson
Vice President: Ian Tweedie
Treasurer: Faye Neil
Secretary: Bill Harrison
Directors: Ray Gamble
Our Postal Address:
Glenreagh Mountain Railway Inc,
PO Box 5104,
Glenreagh, NSW 2450.
Phone: 0468 999 328