Thursday, February 21, 2008
Sounds like an American Railway Company doesn't it.
I think I have driven in this part of Melbourne twice in the last five years. That is, Chandler Highway and past the Amcor Paper Packaging place. Even then, not exactly Chandler Hwy past Amcor. It has been announced that Amcor will close its business there.
I have no idea if this nice bit of history is still in the location, but quite a few years ago, there was a bridge across what I guess was the Yarra River. Right in the middle of the road, or crossing it, was a railway line. I guessed it was just one of those spur lines that service large factories.
Not exactly. That is what is was recently used for, to transport goods to and from Amcor , or as we used to know it, Australian Paper Manufacturers, APM. The line branched from the Hurstbridge train line near Fairfield Station. (I wonder if that APM factory stank as much as the one did at Maryvale in Gippsland?)
The train track is a remaining section of the long gone Outer Circle Railway, which ran from Fairfield to Murrumbeena . The present train to Alamein uses part of the track and onward from Alamein is the cutting where the train continued. Most of the rest of the line has gone, but many linear parks can be found along the old route. The full length of the line was barely ever used.
What was originally the Outer Circle railway bridge was made into the Chandler Highway Bridge with just this little bit of history remaining in place until at least 2004. As I said earlier, I am not sure if it is still there, but no doubt someone will tell me.
The Outer Circle line on the map is a bit confusing. Don't quote me, but I think Golf Links Station became Willison, Hartwell Hill became Hartwell, Hartwell became Burwood and out on a limb here, Norwood became Ashburton.
Only vague remnants remain between Fairfield and East Camberwell.
The line went under the Box Hill line, now Lilydale/Belgrave lines and over what is now the Glen Waverley but connected with the Dandenong, now Pakenham line.
I should probably check Jayne's blog and see what she has on 'lost railways', but I have had enough for the moment. Post effort 8/10 and that is before copyright problems arise.
Later Edit: http://ourgreatsouthernlandlostfound.blogspot.com/2007/12/lost-train-lines-1-outer-circle-railway.html
Map courtesy Public Records Office of Victoria.
Original rail bridge picture courtesy State Library of Victoria.
Rail picture courtesy Malcolm Miles.