Thursday, January 3, 2008

Lost Train Lines #5 Mont Park Railway line

The Mont Park Railway line is unique for several reasons but chiefly because not many state governments' health departments have paid for the construction of a rail line.

The Victorian Government's Health Dept met the expenses of building the line as it serviced the Mont Park Asylum. Completed in 1911, it was a freight only line and , although a later government act allowed for passenger services on the line, they never eventuated.

The line ran from Macleod to Mont Park, with just the single station stop at the end. The line was electrified in 1928 and closed in 1964.

Some of the track has been used by the Tramway Museum Society of Victoria while the former Mont Park Asylum site is now part of La Trobe Uni and private housing developments.

For further info on this lost train line click HERE

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