- Rail Trail
- On Road
- Possible Rail Trail
- Other Trail
- former Railway
Mainly one for those interested in history. The trail is a marked on- and off-road heritage route following a private railway that ran just one train in 1888.
The council has installed quite ornate interpretive signs along the route in the footpaths.
The trail beside the railway line at Oakleigh (2005)
In between Ormond and Elsternwick (2011)
The trail is sign posted on roads (2005)
A significant percentage is on road though signposted (2005)
We acknowledge the Woiworung people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
The Rosstown Rail Trail charts the original course of the private line which was the life long dream of William Murray Ross. He built the line with the intention of transporting sugar beet to his sugar beet mill, and the refined product to the Port of Melbourne. From start to finish, the railway line was plagued with problems ranging from a lack of funds to construction delays. When the mill failed to begin production, the line fell into disrepair without being used, and it was eventually dismantled, with the land being sold.
However we observe the contribution of one entrepreneur who made the City and its surrounds what it is today.