Points of Interest Category: Historical POI's 1881-1900, Historical, and Site | InfrastructurePoints of Interest Tags: Gippsland, Great Southern Rail Trail, History | Historical - Gippsland, and Railways | Trains
The remnants of the historic, disused Railway and Station at Fish Creek in Victoria, is reminder of an era when the railways opened the immense area of southern Gippsland to pioneers, prospectors, settlers and farming. It is quite an eerie feeling walking along the remnants of the station platform, looking down upon the area where the rails once ran – one can almost still feel and visualise the excitement of the arrival of the first steam trains . . .
The introduction of railways reduced transport times to Melbourne from weeks to just 6 hours, thus securing the farming industries of this fertile region.
Creating the railway was an enormous feat due to the combination of the difficult terrain through the southern areas of Gippsland, and the capability and efficiency of the trains. In an ideal world, a railway line would be straight and level – it requires approximately 5 times more energy to pull a train up a gradient of 1 in 100 – each degree of curve increases the energy required by approximately 25%. The hills of the direct route from Leongatha to Port Albert were impassable for trains, forcing a detour of some 50 km in a southerly direction via Koonwarra, Fish Creek and the coastal plains of Foster.
All this was accomplished in a time before computers, plant and machinery . . .
Today, Fish Creek is noted as being the “Site of the Most Southernmost Point on Mainland Australia of the Great Southern Railway Line” which is now used as the ‘Great Southern Rail Trail’.
– Close proximity to Town Centre – obtain Directions here
– Car Parking available along Falls Road, and, along the service roads
– Parking available for Larger Rigs (this is a RV Friendly town)
– Other Historical POI’s in Fish Creek
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- Parking & Transfers:
- Off Street Parking
- Big Rig Access
- Sealed Road