Removal of Gippsland Line Electrification at Morwell in 1995

When electrification of the Gippsland Line to Traralgon was completed in the 1950s, the Melbourne to Traralgon line was the longest electrified line in Australia. In the mid 1990s, the electric wires were cut down between Pakenham and Traralgon. This video clip shows the cutting own of the last wires of the Warragul Traralgon section at Morwell in June 1995 and shows the method used by the contractors.

 

Screen Shot 2017-08-06 at 7.38.46 pmA worker removes the line at Morwell in 1995 (video)

Some more photos of trains using the line below:

Morwell Yard L 1165
A view of Morwell yard down end with L1165 shunting. 30.12.1986
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L 1163 shunts at Morwell whilst running an up goods. Dec. 30 1972
T400, Txxx Morwell
T400, Txxx Morwell
February 1979
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The “Gippslander” used to be hauled by electric L class locos as far as Traralgon where the overhead ended. At Traralgon the
L would cut off and a T class would be attached for the remainder of the trip to Bairnsdale.

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