The Powelltown to Yarra Junction Tramway Centenary (VIC)
Posted on 14/11/13
Sunday, November 17 has been chosen as the day to mark 100 years since the Powelltown Tramway started full service. The tramway was a vital cog in the economic growth of Melbourne and Victoria as it carried huge volumes of sawn timber, collected from sidings and ‘stations’, to the broad gauge line at Yarra Junction on the old Warbuton line for trans-shipment to the burgeoning construction industry in Melbourne.
Visitors may enjoy breakfast and a tour at the Upper Yarra Museum (the former Yarra Junction railway station) before embarking on the 17 Km journey to Powelltown. A publication prepared by the Light Railway Research Society of Australia, containing excellent maps and photographs, may be purchased at the Museum. Recreated ‘station’ and siding signs line the road from Yarra Junction to Powelltown. Other points of interest along the way, including a stop at the apple orchard, are also signed.
At Powelltown, visitors may undertake a tour of the Powelltown sawmill, examine photos and memorabilia in the hall, marvel at the exquisite wedding dresses and christening gowns on display in the heritage Union Church and take in other activities around the town. A local band will perform in the afternoon and food and refreshments will be available.
The Department of the Environment and Primary Industry have prepared material and activities beyond Powelltown.
Proceeds from the day will be used to help create proper access facilities at the Upper Yarra Museum and help with further restoration of the Powelltown Union Church.