As described in the Paper by Capt. L.H. Chase, read 6th October 1896:
“The Gippsland Railway divides into two branches at Traralgon, one going to Maffra and the other to Sale. These two branches re-unite about a mile South of Stratford and continue as a single line to Bairnsdale . . . ”
Today, the railway line to Bairnsdale remains open, though many sub branches have been closed of more recent times.
Initially, the rail network connected the water highways of Gippsland’s lakes and rivers, however, it was not long before the trains began replacing the steamers . . .
It is rather ironic to realise that as the incredible engineering and building feats required to construct the infrastructure for the steamers was being completed, rail was already starting to take over the steamer . . .
Then, as the enormous task of building a rail network through the challenging terrain to, and through, Gippsland was nearing completion – road transport was quickly infiltrating.
It is the roadways that have remained dominate since the early to mid 1900’s leading to the closure of many of the sub branches of the rail lines throughout Gippsland. Many of these closed railway corridors are now be converted to ‘Rail Trails‘. The disused railway lines are ideal for walking, cycling, horse-riding, etc. as the railways generally need to carve their way through the countryside via the straightest and easiest possible route – cutting through hills, under roads, over embankments and across gullies, rivers and creeks. In an ideal world, a railway line should be straight and level as it requires five times more energy to pull a train up a gradient of 1 in 100 than for a level course. Energy consumption also increases approx 25 % for each degree of curve. Therefore, the railway corridors were constructed as level, and as straight, as was possible.
Hence, with the rails removed, the ‘Rail Trails’ are generally resurfaced with gravel providing cyclists, walkers, horse riders, etc., the perfect conditions with which to enjoy the surrounding environment.
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