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Canberra Branch Line Extended For High Speed Rail And Other Services

Victor P Taffa

  • Canberra-Melbourne via Albury High Speed Rail and all other services
  • Canberra-Perth via Broken Hill Adelaide And Darwin High Speed Rail and all other services

Extending the Canberra Branch Line in southern New South Wales provides for new Heavy Rail services in addition to Capital City-Capital City High Speed Rail at 500 Km/h.

While Canberra is located in the Australian Capital Territory, the Canberra Branch Line is a part of the New South Wales Rail Network.

Southern Line Extension is contained in the website of Editor Victor P Taffa.

National Network Page in website contains all routes for High Speed Rail at 500 Km/h.

Southern Line Extension enables trains and particularly High-Speed Rail at 500 Km/h to connect Albury-Canberra.

Canberra Railway Station

Canberra would be upgraded to include additional full-length platforms and a station roof to protect passengers from the elements similar to Melbourne’s Southern Cross, Calais or St. Pancras Railway Stations.

Existing XPT services to Canberra would continue to Canberra and terminate and return to Sydney as they do currently.

Existing Southern Line services via Junee would also continue to operate.

Canberra Line to the Southern Line would involve new track and corridor along with new Railway Stations at:

  • Barton
  • Tumut
  • Rosewood

Japans World Famous Bullet Train

VIC Melbourne’s Southern Cross Railway Station with Platform Roof









Southern Line Extension To Albury And Melbourne

Southern Line Extension enables High Speed Rail and existing services to operate from Melbourne-Canberra.


via Southern Line

  • Flinders Street terminate/depart in recommissioned Platform 11
  • Southern Cross
  • North Melbourne
  • Broadmeadows
  • Seymour
  • Benalla
  • Wodonga
  • Albury
  • Rosewood
  • Tumut
  • Barton
  • Canberra

Griffith Line Extension To Broken Hill Adelaide Perth And Darwin

Griffith Line from Junee would be extended to Broken Hill for High Speed Rail at 500 Km/h as contained in the Riverina Line Page in the website of Editor Victor P Taffa.

At Broken Hill High Speed Rail services would then proceed to Adelaide, Darwin and Perth. High Speed Rail services for Melbourne-Perth and Sydney-Perth will operate via different routes.


via Transcontinental Line and Griffith Line

Griffith Line Extension Railway Stations

Griffith Line Extension Railway Stations include:

  • Perth                (Western Australia)
  • Broken Hill    (New South Wales)
  • Menindee      (Existing Station)
  • Darnick         (Existing Station)
  • Ivanhoe        (Existing Station)
  • Euabalong West (Existing Station) (Junction with Western Line to Parkes)
  • Euabalong (Restored Station)
  • Lake Cargelligo (Restored Station)
  • Griffith (Existing Station)
  • Whitton (Recommissioned Station)
  • Leeton (Existing Station)
  • Narrandera (Existing Station)
  • Coolamon (Existing Station)
  • Junee        (Existing Station)
  • Rosewood (New Station)
  • Tumut             (New Station)
  • Barton             (New Station)
  • Canberra (Existing Station)

Whitton Railway Station

Whitton Railway Station is named after John Whitton and will include the restoration of Whitton as a commissioned railway station.

Recommissioning Whitton Railway Station will be a boom for the town of Whitton.

Mr. John Whitton arrived in Sydney in December 1856. He was appointed Engineer-in-Chief of the New South Wales Railways and at the time there was only 37 Km of completed railway.

Upon retirement in 1890 there was 3,538 Km of completed railway. He is acknowledged as the ‘Father of the New South Wales Railways’.

Whitton found in New South Wales 23 miles (37 km) of 4 ft 8½ ins (144 cm) gauge railway, 4 locomotives, 12 passenger carriages and 40 trucks. He reorganized accounting and costing and took charge of the rolling stock, line maintenance and workshop departments.

He resisted Governor Denison’s proposal to construct 4,000 miles (6,437 km) of light, narrow-gauge tramways to be worked by horses and in the 1860’s was constantly hampered by the government’s uncritical acceptance of the lowest tenders for railway construction.

John Whitton had to resolve a number of issues in order to construct the railways. The Governor Sir William Denison supported horse drawn tramways and Whitton argued that only a railway could work the volume of freight envisaged.

Whitton was a strong supporter of a uniform rail gauge, coal fired locomotives and bridges and rails made of iron. Governments were loathe in spending more than the minimum required and over time

Whitton won the day to expand the railways and needless to say he went onto win the arguments.

John Whitton was born in 1819 and died on 20 February 1898.

Whitton Station was formerly on the Hay branch line and opened as Hulong in 1881 and renamed Whitton. The station was decommissioned some years ago. Whitton Station would contain two full length platforms.

NSW Mr. John Whitton

John Whitton Sydney Central Railway Station Sign








Southern Line Extension Railway Stations

Southern Line Extension Railway Stations include:

  • Goulburn             Interchange Station with additional Platform
  • Tarago             Surface Station with additional Full Length 8 Car Platform
  • Bungendore             Surface Station with additional Full Length 8 Car Platform
  • Queanbeyan             Existing Surface Station with additional Platform
  • Canberra             Interchange station with additional Platform
  • Barton             Surface Station Island Platform
  • Tumut             Surface Station Island Platform
  • Rosewood             Surface Station Island Platform
  • Albury             Interchange station with additional Platform


Railway Station Entrances

Railway Station entrances are to be functionary and not grandiose so as to maintain a uniform appearance and ensure that Taxpayers Dollars are used judiciously thus allowing for additional Railway Lines to be built.

Railway Electrification

All Regional Railway Lines will be electrified to:

  • Improve Services,
  • Lower Operating Costs,
  • Requires Greater Generating Capacity that Improves Local Electricity Supplies

Railway Funding

Funding for the Southern Line Extension involves the following sources:

  • Railways Lottery
  • Restaurant/Lounge Carriages
  • Railway Bonds

Railway Infrastructure

Existing unused Railway Corridors and Station Platforms will be brought into use to reduce costs of construction.

Railway Technology

Southern Line Extension involves the use of Heavy Rail Technology to allow for maximum connectivity with the existing Heavy Rail Network.


Southern Line Extension map as contained in Editor Victor P Taffa’s website


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