The Monaro Railway: another scenario for Canberra-Eden rail

One of the scenarios considered in the Canberra-Eden Railway feasibility study was a “passengers only” option, where the railway was only completed as far as Bombala. According to the study, this scenario would have a total financial cost of $1,424 million over 50 years, returning $84.8 million of benefits over…

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Errors in the Canberra-Eden Railway Feasibility Study

This article gives additional detail to the numerous errors discussed in my previous article, Canberra-Eden Rail needs another look. All net-present-value figures assume a discount rate of 7%, the rate used in the Feasibility Study’s central case. Throughout, the Transport for New South Wales feasibility study is referred to as…

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Canberra-Eden rail needs another look

Eden, a small town on the far south coast of New South Wales, could become one of the most important places in Australia. Its natural harbour, Twofold Bay, is one of the finest anchorages in the country, yet its rugged hinterland has kept it isolated from the national freight network.…

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Lake Bathurst Valley

The line winds between hills, road and river in the picturesque Lake Bathurst valley, with the minimum radius of 800m of the first few curves unfortunately not quite meeting our requirements. Despite being wedged between highway and hillside, most of the curves do not turn through a very great angle,…

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Mt Fairy to Tarago

This sector follows the existing alignment through the Mulwaree River valley. While the first half is straight and uses the existing alignment exclusively, subsequently two minor deviations (albeit requiring four bridges) are required to straighten some very tight curves. Major earthworks are confined to the final few kilometres before Tarago. Alignment…

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