The Turrella Tramway is located on the slopes of the Great Dividing
Range on the North Coast of New South Wales on the eastern seaboard
of Australia. The line is primarily a timber tramway operating between
the township of Luddenham and the village of Turrella in the Luddenham
Shire. The Luddenham Shire is a lush green region of NSW, very similar
to the better-known Bellingen – Dorrigo district.
The Shire is quite productive.
Primary products include:
- Forest timbers
- Dairy products
- Sugar cane
- Gravel and aggregate.
The Turrella Tramway Pty Ltd. is a subsidiary of the Luddenham Gravel
& Ballast Co.
Besides the tramway between Turrella and Luddenham the
TT operates a bush branchline between Turrella and Coal Creek for movement
of forest and gravel products.
From Turrella raw materials are taken to Luddenham for trans shipment
along the NSWGR Luddenham Girlieville Branch to Bigglestown.
Bigglestown is the major Junction with the main North Coast line running
between Sydney and the Queensland border.
Bigglestown is a major town in the region, not only being a railway
junction, but a centre for locomotive maintenance.
The Turrella Tramway sends all their locos to the Bigglestown Loco
Shed for servicing.
Just east of Bigglestown is located the Myrtleton Dairy Milk Co-Op.
The TT also operates this short branch between Myrtleton Dairy Factory