Powelltown Tramway Centenary 1913-2013, by Mike McCarthy and Frank Stamford
Published by the Light Railway Research Society of Australia in 2013, 30 pages. Large A4 size booklet (N6138)
The biggest timber mill in the Upper Yarra area was located at Powelltown. In 1912 the Victorian Powell Wood Process Limited (VPWPL) was formed to exploit the newly developed 'Powell' process of timber preservation. During that year work proceeded rapidly on the construction of its sawmill and timber processing works at Powelltown. To support the mill the VPWPL built a town around it, and to provide transport it built the 17km long 3ft (914mm) gauge Powelltown tramway. It was called a 'tramway' for legal purposes. An Act of Parliament was needed to build a railway, something not easy for a private company to get. But to the casual observer the Powelltown tramway looked more like a railway than a tramway.
The Powelltown tramway was unique amongst Victorian timber tramways in providing a passenger service, and it carried goods for the settlers along the Little Yarra valley. This service began in the latter half of1913, and until the construction of an all-weather road to Powelltown in the late 1920s, it provided a much used service to residents in the valley...
The last train ran on the Powelltown tramway in July 1944. By that time logging roads had been built in the bush, and the Little Yarra Road had been upgraded sufficiently to enable the sawn timber to be carried by road.
The condition of the booklet is generally excellent. The covers are clean and bright, the staple spine is tight and intact, and all pages are clean, intact, unblemished and tightly bound. There is a small price sticker on the rear side cover