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The Melbourne Bushies - Fifty years along the track (1940-90)

The last 3-foot gauge train from Yarra Junction to Powelltown was on 31 July 1944. The timber tramways died in the 1939 bushfires or during World War II. Currently Conservation and Lands maintain a series of walking tracks known as "Walk into History" along the old timber tramways from Powelltown to the Bump Tunnel, High Lead, Ada Valley, Starlings Gap, Big Pats Creek and Warburton. There is now a cycling and walking track between Yarra Junction and Warburton along the old broad-gauge right-of-way.

Art Terry was leader of a weekend train trip from Tallarook via Mt Marianne to Yea on 10-11 September 1966. With some changes (particularly in pace) this became Art's famous Broadford - Yea marathon. The walk features magnificent views from the ridges, but it takes effort climbing the spurs. There are also a lot of fences!

Roy Beames's moonlight walk from Red Hill South to Shoreham and along Western Port beaches on 25-26 February 1967 started with picking ripe blackberries at the terminus of the old Red Hill Railway, which closed in 1953. We then descended across grassy paddocks and fences to the seashore, which we followed for the rest of the walk.

I led my first walk for the Club on Sunday 9 April 1968. At the start of the walk we passed the site of Wright Station on the closed Gembrook line, then followed quiet, soft bush roads until we climbed grassy hills near Pakenham.

Barry Short led a track-clearing weekend on 22-24 October 1968. We started clearing part of the timber tramway from New Federal Mill

Walkers leaving a chartered train for a Federation Moomba Day Walk in the
Macedon area,
Walkers leaving a chartered train for a Federation Moomba Day Walk in the Macedon area,
Bob Steel