Thursday, January 17, 2008

Lost Train Lines #12 Orbost Railway line

Orbost, that town of over 2,000 permanent residents whose numbers swell considerably with the large amount of tourists popping in to visit the many surrounding national parks, once used to have a train line, branching from Bairnsdale and tootling through 8 stations till it had a tea break at Orbost Station.
Yes, I know, how sensible would it be to jump on a train to save petrol and greenhouse gas emissions?!
Ahh, if only the train line still existed....

The line graced Orbost from 1916 until 1987, shunting passengers, timber and delicious farm grown goodies. When the 1930's rocked round, the passenger service was dumped - why? who knows, but the Great Depression most probably had an influence.

The whole line was closed in 1987, becoming the East Gippsland Rail Trail, encouraging shanks' pony even more.

East Gippsland Rail Trail HERE.
and HERE

Just for Andrew at High Riser a few pics and info of the Stony Creek Trestle Bridge HERE, HERE and HERE.

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