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The Tragic Loss of Melbourne Railways

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by Geoff Edlund (subscribe)
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Published May 28th 2018
7 Train Lines that went missing
Melbourne is bursting at the seams, with almost five million people and although we held on to to the trams, many useful train lines were lost throughout last century and in recent decades.

The Hipster Connection

The Inner Circle served the inner-northern suburbs of Parkville, Carlton and Fitzroy. It did a beautiful job of connecting the radial train lines of Melbourne. The last part was officially closed in 1981.

Inner Circle train
The lost Inner Circle. Credits: Marcus Wong Wongm, Wikipedia.


A Really Short Trip

The Kew railway line was opened in 1887 and ran to Hawthorn (only a few kilometres). It was closed in 1957 after a long decline.

An Even Shorter Trip

The Mont Park railway is a former branch line from the Hurstbridge line that travelled one station between 1911 and 1964.

Mont Park
Travel one station to Mont Park. Credits: User PalmerEldritch


The Eastern Connection

The Outer Circle was built in 1891 and connected Kew, Camberwell, Burwood, Malvern and more stations. It also linked several of the Eastern radial lines. In only a few years, it faced serious financial troubles.

Outer Circle
1884 article about the Outer Circle. Credits:https://trove.nla.gov.au/newspaper/article/6059267


A Rail Line to Call His Own

The Rosstown Railway was a private railway in the south-eastern suburbs that connected Elsternwick and Oakleigh (bridging both lines). It was built by William Murray Ross with the intention of transporting sugar beet to his sugar mill, but was eventually dismantled in 1916.

Rosstown
The Private Rosstown railway. Credits: Wikipedia, User: Wongm


A Train by the Beach

The St Kilda to Windsor railway line was a short trip that barely lasted a few years in the early 1860s.

A Train You Don't Want to Be On

The Spring Vale Cemetery railway line want to Necropolis station. It was open until 1951.


References:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Inner_Circle_railway_line
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kew_railway_line
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mont_Park_railway_line
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Outer_Circle_railway_line
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosstown_Railway
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St_Kilda_Windsor_railway_line
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spring_Vale_Cemetery_railway_line
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_closed_railway_stations_in_Victoria
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