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Logging Tramways

Compared with the government railway system, most of the bush logging tramways were of a simple or primitive construction. Wooden or lightweight steel rails were typically used, fixed to closely-packed roughly cut sleepers laid either straight on the ground without ballast or on heavy bearer logs. Extensive earthworks were in most cases avoided but some tramways featured quite substantial timber trestle or 'make-up' bridges with timber being naturally cheap and in ready supply. Bush tramways were usually operated by either horses or lightweight steam locomotives; although diesel and petrol rail tractors where also used after 1930. Extensive use was also made of falling grades allowing gravity to do the work, while counter-balanced inclines or steam winches operated steeper sections with wire-rope cables.


 Timber workersview larger image Timber workers in front of Robbin's timber mill, Forrest, circa 1890.

 Log on railwayview larger image Timber worker standing on a log on a rail line, Beech Forest district, 1921.

 Log on trolleyview larger image Timber worker standing on a log on a rail line, Beech Forest district, 1921.

 Milled timber dryingview larger image Milled timber drying under cover, Mullungdung, circa 1915.

 Timber trainview larger image Workers on a timber train, Mullungdung, 1911.

 Milled timber transportview larger image Transporting milled timber, Mullungdung, circa 1915.

 Timber trainview larger image Timber train taking on water, Gembrook, circa 1938.

 Tramway Bridge at Warburtonview larger image Tramway bridge over Yarra, Warburton, circa 1910.

 Steam tram, Warburtonview larger image Steam tram hauling timber, Warburton.

 Tram making, Henrys Mill, Forrestview larger image Constructing tramway, Henrys Mill, Forrest.

 Tramway at Warburtonview larger image Disused tram track, Warburton.

 Warburton Tramway Bridgeview larger image Timber tramway bridge, Warburton.

 Bush Tramview larger image Horses hauling a flat bed truck along wooden rails, pre-1906.


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