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Upper Ferntree Gully to Gembrook line
Location: Melways 75 G10
Belgrave 1900 - 1958. Opened with the line as Monbulk, the name was changed to Belgrave on 21/11/1904.
Click this picture for details on the Belgrave yard.
Downes reports: "A 3ft. 0in. gauge timber tramway, powered by horses, was formerly operated into Belgrave from the Dandenong State Forest Reserve north of the railway. Leaving the station yard on the 'down' side of the line, the tramway climbed to road level, crossed the road over-bridge beyond the station to the 'up' side of the railway, thence descended in an are to cross Monbulk Creek and pass under the railway trestle bridge spanning the creek.
A short distance northwards, the tram line junctioned to form two routes extending to timber mills in the valleys of Monbulk Creek and Hardy's Creek, each mill being a little more than two miles from Belgrave. It is believed that the tramway was in operation for some 15 years until the late 1920's."
The PBPS magazine Narrow Gauge # 146, September 1997, has a short article (with photos) of this tramway. The image is from a 1933 tourist map. (I coloured the tramway red. WR)
|Distance from Upper Ferntree Gully||3 m 10 ch||5.03 km|
|Distance from Gembrook||15 m 81 ch||24.30 km|
|Altitude (above Sea Level).||747'||227.69 m|