Saturday, August 4, 2012


Obviously located at the end of the Dubbo Coonamble branch is Coonamble with a population of approx 3000 its one of the larger centres on the branch line and also the terminating station.Opened in Feb 1903 and located 616.1 Kms from Sydney.
Its interesting to understand the Aborigonal meaning of Coonamble .One line of though says it means  "Bullocks Dung " or " A place covered with human excrement " They obviously have never heard of the tourism industry .( I dont make this stuff up it just falls into my lap )
Or from the local tourist guide " A lot of dirt " (Cleaned that up didnt they ) You can make your own mind up as to which one fits best !

                                                                    The end of the line


                                                              The yard diagram from 6-73

                                                             The working timetable

             The yard has been rationalized to leave only the basics for operation of the wheat loading facilities

                                                   The brick station building has been spared


                                         The remains of the fuel industry once served by rail

                   As you can see Coonamble should be on your list of interesting places to visit .
                                                     Just be careful where you step !

139 K - GULAR - GUL

Gulargambone is a small village with approx population of 500.Situated on the eastern side of the Castlereagh  River in the Upper central west of NSW on the Castlereagh Hwy which runs from Walgett through to Lithgow.
The township dosnt actually have a railway station as such.But 3 Km west of town on the western side of the Castlereagh River is the station now known a Gular.Which is 573.4 Kms from Sydney.And forms part of the Dubbo-Coonamble Branch.
Originally called Gulargambone when opened on the 18-2-1903 the named was proposed to be  changed to avoid confussion with Girilambone to Galah but could of been confused with Garah so  it was changed to Gular.    
 Probably would of been easier to leave it alone !
I wont bore you with the Aboriginal meaning of Gulargambone ,Its just  "plenty of galahs " .Not a mention of any shit anywhere, its probably all up the road at Coonamble !

                                                               Yard diagram as at 6-73

                                                 Taken from Working Timetable Jan 1977


Theres not much to see in the yard apart from wheat storage and loading facilities,with a slight shine to the rails there must be a little bit of train movement.