- Rail Trail
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- former Railway
- A favourite for mountain biking or bush walking enthusiasts
- Passes through rainforest, fern gullies, messmate and stringy bark forest
- Plenty of birds and seasonal wildflowers
- Expect fallen trees across the trail and watch out for snakes in summer
- Can be muddy after rain
- Walhalla Goldfields Rail Trail is nearby
- From Tyers Junction, explore the walking tracks along the eastern and western branches of the tramway
- The most interesting walk is along the Eastern Tyers River. These trails are less developed and are only suitable for walking. Ask at Caringal Scout camp at Tyers Junction for directions
- Petersons Lookout in Tyers Park has picnic facilities and views of Tyers Gorge and the Latrobe Valley
Last updated: 24 January 2022
- At Collins Siding the start of the track is not signposted. Look out for Telbit Rd (also signposted to Caringal Scout camp) on the left a few km before Erica,. The trail begins 200m Erica side of Telbit Road, just after the last house, there space for off road parking
- At Telbit Crossing, look for the trail markers where the trail crosses Telbit Rd
- At Tyers Junction, the trail to Collins Siding starts near Caringal Scout camp office just above the main road
Collins Siding-Tyers Junction(11 km)
Note: Only 6 km of trail between Collins Siding and Telbit Rd is currently open. A 12 km return loop walk or ride can be made by returning on Telbit Rd to Collins Siding.
- From Collins Siding, follow the trail downhill through mountain ash forest to Tyers Junction
- The trail goes in and out of creek beds where railway bridges are missing
- The trail meanders through forest, tree-ferns and
- Common heath in bloom in late winter and spring
- Look and listen for lyrebirds, kookaburras and fan-tailed cuckoos
- You may also see swamp wallabies, koalas and spiny anteaters
- The trail passes farmland to the east .before meeting Telbit Rd
- After crossing Telbit Rd, continue below the road for around 1 km before coming back to the road, which runs along the railway formation for a short distance
- The trail resumes on the eastern side of the road.
- Along the way, look for the remains of Christies bridge
- The trail finishes at the edge of the scout camp.
- Enjoy a picnic by the river before returning to Collins Siding on Telbit Rd or on the trail
Riding the trail (2005)
A shady ride near Tyers Junction (2005)
Tyers Junction (2005)
On the trail (2006)
Winter on the trail (2013)
The trail is a little overgrown in places! (2013)
We acknowledge the Kurnai people, the traditional custodians of the land and waterways on which the rail trail is built.
Rail Line History
The Tyers Valley Tramway was a narrow gauge timber tramway built by the Forestry Commission of Victoria to exploit timber resources on the slopes of Mount Baw Baw, Victoria. The tramway met with the Victorian Railways narrow gauge line from Moe to Walhalla at Collins Siding, and was built to the same 2 ft 6 in (762 mm) gauge. The tramways serving the Tyers Valley were largely destroyed by bushfires in 1926. Rather than rebuild the private tramways, the Forestry Commission, a government body, decided to construct a higher quality tramway to serve all the private sawmills in the district.
The tramway used secondhand 40 lb rails from Tasmania. It had a maximum grade of 1 in 30 (3.33%), and the curves a minimum radius of 80 ft (24.38 m). No ballast was used, however greater use was made of sleepers than was normal.
The tramway route extended 6.1 miles (9.8 km) from Collins Siding to Tyers Junction, where the line divided to follow the two branches of the Tyers River.
The tramway closed in 1949, and the Climax moved to the Government sawmill at Erica. The Climax was subsequently preserved on the Puffing Billy Railway, along with one of the TALC tractors.
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