Hyde - Middlemarch

Hyde to Middlemarch   Distance: 27 km 

  • The section from Hyde to Middlemarch can be prone to strong winds, especially over the spring and summer seasons.
  • Winds generally are favourable when heading in the direction from Hyde to Middlemarch.
  • There are four Ganger sheds between Hyde and Middlemarch called Scrub Burn, Rock and Pillar Access, Strath Taieri and Rock and Pillar Station Gangers Shed.
  • The Hyde Station is 2 km from the township of Hyde and still contains some of the original stock wagons.
  • Beside the station a clear path is available for cyclists toride on before rejoining the Trail.
  • Hyde Station is also sign-posted from State Highway 87.
  • Past the Hyde Station is ‘Straw Cutting’ the site of the fatal Hyde railway disaster that occurred on June 4th 1943.
  • The area where the train accident occurred is 200 metres up the line in the direction of Hyde from the memorial site.
  • The tragedy claimed 21 lives after the Locomotive AB782 derailed on the bend because of excessive speed. 
  • The memorial site is clearly signposted from State Highway 87 and the Rail Trail also comes very close to the memorial site. It is a convenient point for cyclist and support vehicles to meet.
  • The last substantial bridge you will cross is over ‘Five Mile Creek’.
  • The majestic Rock and Pillar mountains are to the nor-west, with the Taieri Ridge to the south-east.
  • A good meeting point for support vehicles and cyclists is at the Rock and Pillar Gangers Shed where the Rail Trail crosses State Highway 87.
  • At the Rock and Pillar Gangers Shed there is a basic toilet with an information kiosk. The shed also provides shelter from the elements or shade during the hot summer months.
  • It is a rewarding sight seeing the town of Middlemarch in the distance where fine food, beverages and country hospitality await you.
  • For those people who are ending their journey in Middlemarch congratulations, and for those people who are only starting in Middlemarch have fun and good luck!
Memorial Site

The memorial cairn to the 21 people killed in the Hyde railway tragedy of 4 June 1943. The location of the cairn is about 500 metres south of the site of the tragedy.


Five Mile Creek

The last substantial bridge you will cross is over ‘Five Mile Creek’.


Site of the fatal Hyde railway disaster

Past the Hyde Station is ‘Straw Cutting’ the site of the fatal Hyde railway disaster that occurred on June 4th 1943.


Rock and Pillar Mountains

The majestic Rock and Pillar mountains are to the nor-west with the Taieri Ridge to the south-east.


Hyde Station

The Hyde Station is 2 km from the township of Hyde and still contains some of the original stock wagons.


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