Tramway at Alexandria

 
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

I am interested in tram journeys and would like info on Alexandria tramway history please.

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  Bogong Chief Commissioner

Location: Essendon Aerodrome circa 1980
If you mean the timber tram at Alexandra, Victoria, here is a very brief summary:

A museum at the former railway station has a circuit of 610 mm track. Rides are available twice a month. http://www.alexandratramway.org.au

This is the last fragment of an extensive network of 61 cm tram lines that extended generally south east of the station. Originally built for timber harvesting and sawmilling, it was utilised to build the Rubicon Hydro Electric Scheme in the mid to late 1920's. The ultra narrow gauge network was also used to transport agricultural produce to the VR station at Alex.

While the timber tram ceased operating after the Second World War, a scenic but isolated remnant operated to service the hydro scheme until the turn of the century. The tracks are still in place and two trestle bridges have been rebuilt recently, it makes a pleasant hiking destination.

All this is covered in fascinating detail in a lavishly illustrated book by Peter Evans called Rails to Rubicon, published by the Light Railway Research Society in 1994.
  dthead Site Admin

Location: Melbourne, Australia
In other words the tramway is not a tram like in Melbourne !!!! Think more as a Narow gauge railway, called a tramway for regulatory reasons.....

David
  jakar Deputy Commissioner

Location: Melbourne
I am interested in tram journeys and would like info on Alexandria tramway history please.
MetroFemme
We need a bit more clarification of what exactly you're after, but i'm assuming you're not referring to Alexandria in Egypt but are wanting information on the former tram line in Alexandria, NSW as referenced here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria,_New_South_Wales ?
  nswtrains Chief Commissioner

I am interested in tram journeys and would like info on Alexandria tramway history please.
We need a bit more clarification of what exactly you're after, but i'm assuming you're not referring to Alexandria in Egypt but are wanting information on the former tram line in Alexandria, NSW as referenced here - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alexandria,_New_South_Wales ?
jakar
Having been in Alexandria Egypt, about this time last year, the Alexandria tramway is an extremely interesting network, the most interesting being the part that runs through the narrow back streets of that city.
  tonyp Chief Commissioner

Location: Shoalhaven
Interesting thread. So far we've established that there are three "tramway in Alexandras" without hearing from the OP on which one they meant. My money is on Egypt.
  woodford Chief Commissioner

Interesting thread. So far we've established that there are three "tramway in Alexandras" without hearing from the OP on which one they meant. My money is on Egypt.
tonyp
Yes, the thread is of interest, but as the title of the thread just says Alexandria one would assume it would be somewhere in Aus and not the ancient city in Egypt.

woodford
  MetroFemme Assistant Commissioner

Thank you for all info provided.
  x31 Chief Commissioner

Location: gallifrey
Interesting thread. So far we've established that there are three "tramway in Alexandras" without hearing from the OP on which one they meant. My money is on Egypt.
tonyp

Were all timber tramways 610mm?

Assuming the OP means near Yea in Victoria where were others located?
  duttonbay Minister for Railways


Were all timber tramways 610mm?
x31


No. In fact 2ft gauge was uncommon on timber tramways, as it wasn't very stable when transporting logs. The Rubicon Tramway took sawn timber from the mills to Alexandra. Gauges of 3' and 3'6" were much more common

Assuming the OP means near Yea in Victoria where were others located?
x31


In Victoria, pretty much anywhere there were forests. Many horse-drawn timber railed, often short distance and short lived. Many included cable-worked inclines to move the logs up and down the hills. Others were quite substantial affairs, like the Powelltown Tramway, 3' gauge with steel rails and a number of steam locos, including Shays.

The LRRSA seb site has some info on timber tramways - http://lrrsa.org.au/LRR_TT.htm and follow the "Timber tramways" link on the left hand side for further details.
  tonyp Chief Commissioner

Location: Shoalhaven
Thank you for all info provided.
MetroFemme
About what exactly?
  Johnmc Moderator

Location: Cloncurry, Queensland
Thank you for all info provided.
About what exactly?
tonyp
We may never know...

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