The cross country line between Toolamba and Echuca provides an alternative route through to Echuca without travelling through Bendigo. The line has not been used for passenger services for some time and even freight movements on this line are no rare.
In most recent times the line has received use when there has been a blockage on the main line to Echuca via Bendigo such as when works have been undertaken. The line has also been used by Freight Australia to send rice traffic between Echuca and Tocumwal.
There has been recent plans for this line to be converted to standard guage to provide standard guage access to Echuca, but these plans have now been put on hold. There are no longer any regular train movements on this line and it is only maintained to a minimum standard.