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Areas along a 35km section of the Glenreagh to Dorrigo Branch Line have been cleared as Tallowood Ventures Limited (TVL) prepare to develop it into a rail trail. Image: Emma Pritchard

Rail trail proposal remains on track

It’s full steam ahead for Tallowood Ventures Limited (TVL) after the not-for-profit organisation announced their 2023 proposal to develop a 35km section of the currently inactive Glenreagh to Dorrigo Branch Line and transform it into a rail trail is one step closer following recent community efforts to clear vegetation along large areas of the rail corridor.

Traversing from lofty heights up to 600m above sea level near the rural village of Ulong to the serene plains of Glenreagh, the rail trail will be aimed at providing cyclists and walkers alike with the opportunity to experience an adventure unlike any other while taking an unparalleled journey through beautiful sub-tropical bushland.

Last year, TVL hosted community consultations in Ulong and Glenreagh to outline the main objectives of the rail trail including its economic value and tourism benefits.

Stewart Mackie, President of the Glenreagh Mountain Railway (GMR) was also in attendance and revealed there is 2km of viable rail at Glenreagh which will be the basis of a tourist railway while the remainder will be developed as a rail trail.

In a statement forwarded to the Clarence Valley Independent last month, TVL revealed they are laying the groundwork for a safe and invigorating outdoor escape that will beckon visitors to the region from far and wide.

“In addition to crafting a haven for cyclists and walkers, we’re breathing new life into a piece of history by restoring a 146-year-old 1919 class steam engine at our Glenreagh rail shed,” the statement read.

“We have just received a grant of $44700 through the Fire to Flourish Program which will enable us to complete the restoration of this magnificent steam engine, the last working model of its type in Australia. 

“Imagine the delight on the faces of children and train enthusiasts alike as they witness the iconic locomotive chug back to life, offering a nostalgic ride along part of the rail line.

“As we steam ahead with this ambitious project, let’s come together to celebrate the joy of being in the outdoors, embracing nature, and creating unforgettable experiences for generations to come.

“Join us on this exciting adventure, where every step and pedal stroke brings us closer to realising the full potential of our beautiful region.”
TVL is inviting members of the public to stay up to date with their progress by visiting their Facebook page ‘Tallowood Mountain Rail Trail’, or their website