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Toolamba rail track back in use by SunRice

Rail services along the Echuca-Toolamba rail line have resumed after the line fell into disuse because of a reduction in speed limits.

April 1, 2014 9:30am

Rail services along the Echuca-Toolamba rail line have resumed after the line fell into disuse because of a reduction in speed limits.

SunRice last week confirmed it resumed transporting goods along the 67km line this month, after it began transporting goods to Melbourne via Bendigo when the speed limit dropped.

The speed limit along the line dropped to 30km/h hour in October last year, while improvements to level crossings were undertaken.

By November 1, speed limits had returned to 50km/h, but SunRice had not resumed using the line.

The spokeswoman said the company was now operating five to six services a week on the line.

‘‘The train is scheduled to operate on nightshift departing Melbourne at 7pm; arriving in Toolamba at 1.30am,’’ the spokeswoman said.

‘‘The train departs Toolamba at 6.30am for the return journey to Melbourne.’’

The line was reopened in October last year after a $7.2million upgrade by Victorian Public Transport Minister Terry Mulder.

SunRice was a partner in the refurbishment.

The spokeswoman said ‘‘no trains are scheduled to use the Bendigo line going forward’’.

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