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Powelltown Tramway Centenary

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Yarra Ranges is my stomping ground. I never tire of its beauty,the creativity of its people, and the abundance of things to do and see.
A tramway in the hills?
On Sunday 17th November, the Upper Yarra Museum in Yarra Junction is the starting point for a unique celebration of the history of the Yarra Junction to Powelltown Tramway

steam trains, history, centenary
one hundred years ago

Built to service the timber industry, the tramway was built in 1913 and was a crucial link in the viability of this industry during its heyday. Now fallen into disrepair, it nonetheless provides a fascinating glimpse into a past era.

The Celebration will start off at the beautifully restored Upper Yarra Museum which provides an intriguing glimpse into the lives of timber workers and other residents of the region in the early 20th century. Yummy breakfast will be available for purchase and visitors can take a guided tour of the Museum, and browse the fascinating books and booklets available, including the centenary publication.
antiques books antiquarian collectors
local history books and meorabilia available

From there, pick up a map of the trail between Yarra Junction and Powelltown. Horses and steam engines will then lead the way There will be signage along the original tramway signifying the old tramway stations and sidings.
historic tramway, black sands creek, old days, horses
transporting logs by horse Black Sands Creek

You can amble along the original tramway at Black Sands Rd , and tour the apple orchard as you go
clydesdales, draught horses, steam,
draught horses used to pull logs along the tramway

Reaching Powelltown, tour the historically linked, still operating Powelltown sawmill. View heritage displays at the Hall supplied by the Upper Yarra Museum and a display of wedding and christening dresses at the Union Church. There will be afternoon tea available, coffee, ice cream, sausage sizzle and other edible delights
devonshire tea, scones, cream, food
Afternoon tea treats will be available

There will be timber related activities at the Powelltown Oval, with food and refreshments provided by Powelltown Footy Club, or bring a picnic. Activities will include demonstrations of tree climbing, wood chop, tug of war ( man against truck) films, a cricket match, chain saw carving and much more. Especially for children there will be a jumping castle, and old fashioned games. Music will be performed by the Black Hill Ramblers, and Little Yarra Steiner school

tree climbing, timber, history
climbing trees the old way

After Powelltown, take the opportunity to enjoy walks into the pristine Yarra State Forest, and explore the original tramway tracks and see the remnants of the once vibrant timber industry.

Entrance to the Upper Yarra Museum is a modest $5, with breakfast an additional $10 Profits will go towards continued restoration of the Upper Yarra Museum, including disabled access. This Museum is exclusively managed by volunteers, who have done the most amazing job in keeping this asset open to the public, and lovingly restoring the heritage collection for public viewing

antiques, heritage, music,
part of the heritage collection at Upper Yarra Museum

This a low key and low cost event, which will be enjoyable for all ages, in a beautiful rural setting. It is of special interest to those with connections to the area, and those interested in our rural history.

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Why? to celebrate the centenary of the Yarra Junction to Powelltown Tramway
When: Sunday 17th November / 9-10 am start
Phone: 1300 368 333
Where: Yarra Junction to Powelltown / Melways ref. 288D/7
Cost: $5
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