Old Railway Track?

 
  ogigacz Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
I was digging around in my fathers old shed, when I came across a small bit of what looks like railway track, although it seems only to be around half the size of track I see on actual railway lines.

The width is at the base of the track (not the stilts it is raised on) is 6cm, while the top of the track is 4.5cm wide.

Here is a picture...

http://www.flickr.com/photos/aviationphotos/9782780703/

Can anyone tell me where this track is likely to have been used?

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  kuldalai Chief Commissioner

It certainly is a piece of railway track .  If it is smaller in all aspects to mainline  Victorian rail then it is likely that it is rail cast for a narrow gauge railway, like  3 feet six inches  (Queensland, South Australia etc), or 2 feet 6 inches (Colac - Beech Forrest, Moe - Walhalla, Wangaratta - Whitfield, Ferntree Gully - Gembrook).  Another possibility is an even narrower gauge industrial tramway like various logging lines, and the old salt works east of Geelong .
  ogigacz Junior Train Controller

Location: Melbourne, Australia
It certainly is a piece of railway track .  If it is smaller in all aspects to mainline  Victorian rail then it is likely that it is rail cast for a narrow gauge railway, like  3 feet six inches  (Queensland, South Australia etc), or 2 feet 6 inches (Colac - Beech Forrest, Moe - Walhalla, Wangaratta - Whitfield, Ferntree Gully - Gembrook).  Another possibility is an even narrower gauge industrial tramway like various logging lines, and the old salt works east of Geelong .
"kuldalai"


My grandfather used to live in Yarra Junction on the Warburton line, and that is where I found the track. The Powelltown log tramway went to Yarra Junction, so it could be from that.
  Rodo Chief Commissioner

Location: Southern Riverina
I would say that it has the dimensions of 60 lb per yard rail. Narrow gauge railways do not necessarily use lighter rail but Qld. and Tas. used 40lb rail on some lines. Victorian 2' 6" lines used 60 lb rail.
  CAP_gauge Junior Train Controller

Hello ogigacz,

Can you verify the dimensions to the nearest mm, and give a height to the nearest mm?

I have a number of rail profile details which might enable me to identify the weight.

However from the dimensions you have already given I would say it is 40 lb/ yd rail. That is the weight which was used on the "mainline" of the Powelltown tramway which ran from Yarra Junction. However I would have expected the base to be wider than 60mm for 40 lb rail, so it may be 30 lb. In that case it may have been used in sidings of the Powelltown tramway at Yarra Junction, or come from the earlier Gilderoy tramway, which also started at Yarra Junction and was powered by horses.

In any case it is too light to have been used on any Victorian Railways line. The VR 2 ft 6 in gauge lines used 60 lb/ yd rail.

Regards,

Frank
  ALMOST610 Station Master

While we are on the subject of the area, I might as well point out the Centenary of the Tramway is coming up, it sound like they might be going to do some local celebrations or something, Looky Link.

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