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Chapter 18



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

site there are the rusted galvanised-iron remains of a three-seater dunny, and the remains of the three trees that held the large water tank 40 metres above the ground. Five hundred metres down the permanent way is the make-up bridge where logs were laid horizontally across each other until the wooden rails could be laid at the same height as on the two banks. Two kilometres further on the steel line from the New Ada Mill crossed at right angles on its way across the long trestle bridge over the Ada River; it then descended via High Lead to Powelltown Bush from where steam locomotives hauled the timber to the sawmill in Powelltown. After crossing four side creeks where only a few pieces of timber remain of the trestle bridges, the delightful picnic area of Starlings Gap is reached. From here a tractor running on steel rails lowered the trees to Big Pats Creek and then to Warburton. We followed the timber tramlines, finishing alongside the Yarra River at the Warburton caravan park.

I have described some of my memories of walking using trains during the past 27 years, 1965-92. Will there be any country trains in Victoria in another 27 years' time?