Belgrave to Upper Ferntree Gully Rail Trail

Belgrave, Victoria, Australia

Belgrave to Upper Ferntree Gully Rail Trail

Belgrave, Victoria, Australia

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1 h 23 m
5.59 km
Intermediate

Belgrave to Upper Ferntree Gully Rail Trail - Following the route of the original Historical Narrow Gauge Railway that ran from Upper Ferntree Gully Station to Belgrave Station

Belgrave to Upper Ferntree Gully Rail Trail

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Belgrave to Upper Ferntree Gully Rail Trail - Following the route of the original Historical Narrow Gauge Railway that ran from Upper Ferntree Gully Station to Belgrave Station

Description

Belgrave to Upper Ferntree Gully Rail Trail is a shared use path for cyclists and pedestrians, which follows the route of the original Historical Narrow Gauge Railway that ran from Upper Ferntree Gully Station to Belgrave Station .

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Points of Interest

1. Puffing Billy Railway - Belgrave Station

Puffing Billy Railway - Belgrave Station . Belgrave is the first station on the Puffing Billy Railway line which is the original Upper Ferntree Gully - Gembrook Narrow Gauge Railway line.

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2. Bridge no.4 Main St. Belgrave

Bridge no.4 The original Timber bridge was replaced by a concrete bridge during the the construction of the broad-gauge line. This is now the start of the pathway to Puffing Billy Belgrave Station

3. Belgrave - Board gauge Line Metro Station

Belgrave - Board gauge Line Metro Station under construction (c.1960)

4. The Original Narrow gauge Belgrave Station

The station was called Monbulk when it opened on 18 Dec 1900, on the Upper Ferntree Gully – Gembrook narrow gauge line. It was renamed Belgrave on 21 Nov 1904. The station closed 30 April 1954

5. The path follows the route of the original narrow gauge railway

Belgrave line under construction (c.1960) New bridge just before Belgrave. The Narrow-gauge line went around the gully to the right . The path follows the route of the original narrow gauge railway

6. Bailey Bridge at McNicol Rd Tecoma

Bailey Bridge at McNicol Rd Tecoma was the tempory army bridge used prior to building a permanent bridge. Photo is looking towards Belgrave at the time of the Board Gauge Line construction c.1960

7. Tecoma Station

Tecoma Station opened on 1 February 1924. It along with the rest of the line closed on 30 April 1954, reopening on 19 February 1962 when the line as far as Belgrave was converted to broad gauge

8. Bridge no.3 Main St, Upwey

Bridge no.3 over ferny Creek just beyond the road crossing. Any evidence of this trestle bridge and the level crossing disappeared as a result of the construction of today's broad-gauge line

9. Rail bridge over Upwey main street

Rail bridge over Upwey main street under construction (c.1960)

10. Site of the Upwey Main street crossing

Site of the Upwey Main street crossing which was removed when the line as far as Belgrave was converted to broad gauge

11. Upwey Station

Upwey Station opened on 3 June 1901. It along with the rest of the line closed on 30 April 1954, reopening on 19 Feb 1962 when the line was converted to broad gauge.

12. Bridge no.2 Morris Road , Upwey

Bridge no.2 The earlier bridge was replaced when the narrow gauge line was converted to broad-gauge and electrified in 1962. The current bridge was built just to the west of the earlier one.

13. Climbing the grade to Upwey

Climbing the grade to Upwey. 3A runs a rollingstock collection train from Upper Ferntree Gully to Belgrave and back, Oct 1954

14. A Na Locomotive working hard out of Upper Ferntree Gully, heading for Upwey

A Na Locomotive working hard out of Upper Ferntree Gully, heading for Upwey

15. Bridge no.1 Burwood Hwy , Upper Ferntree Gully

Bridge no.1 There is no evidence of the narrow gauge line and trestle bridge today except for the remnants of a stone retaining wall further along the former rail corridor.

16. Talaskia tea rooms

Talaskia tea rooms. The tea rooms burned down about 1920. The previous course of the narrow gauge rail line can be seen on the hill behind the building

17. Upper Ferntree Gully Station

Upper Ferntree Gully Station opened on 4 Dec 1889. After Dec 1900 it became the break-of-gauge station between the broad gauge and the narrow gauge Gembrook line


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