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Published September 15th 2019
Get your dose of Sorrento history
Sorrento located on the Mornington Peninsula is always on the list of anyone who wishes to explore one of the most breathtaking views of Port Phillip Bay or take the ferry to Queenscliff. But alas most of us are enamoured by the beach and the shopping and dining precincts that we may walk right past an important historical site with relics from a bygone era.
You can literally travel back in time by following well-laid tracks which survive even today. That's right! I am of course referring to Sorrento's very own "Puffing Billy" - the steam tram which transported passengers alighting from the ferry across Sorrento and was operational from 1890 to 1921.
The steam tram operated by the Sorrento Tram Company was an innovative concept at that time given life by George Coppin who is widely recognised as the pioneer who put Sorrento on Australia's tourism map.
The steel tracks laid over a hundred years ago can still be seen today and research revealed that the line was laid to a gauge of 3 ft 6 in and was powered by 2 Baldwin locomotives.
If you are feeling a bit adventurous and can still climb a few steps then you will be rewarded with the relics of the old tram tracks and the tram station.
A good way to reach the derelict tram station would be to walk up to Hotel Sorrento and then walk past the Police Station and then follow the signs to the historic tram platform. An alternative way would be to reach Policeman's Point and then follow the signage to the tram platform.