Did some research in to the former Doncaster Tram, which ran from 1889 to 1896, from Whitehorse Rd (Box Hill) to Doncaster Rd (Doncaster). The route was about 4 km long.
At the terminus there was a huge Tower on top of Doncaster Hill, built in 1882, sited opposite present-day Westfield Doncaster Shoppingtown.
|Koonung Creek c1907|
It cost 1/6 for the return trip, which included the train from Flinders St. The tram segment cost 6d.
|Star Hotel, Doncaster and the Victorian Railways Kew Bus, 1886|
|Koonung Creek in Tram Rd Reserve Feb 1 2013|
The hilly route through private property followed what is now Station Street and Tram Road; the line between Koonung Creek and Doncaster was particularly steep and winding.The tram ran through paddocks and farms, crossing the Koonung Creek (which I explored yesterday). In those days, there was no vehicle road from Box Hill to Doncaster – no vehicles then!
The route from the end of Station St became the Koonung Creek Rd, later renamed Tram Rd, which survives to the present.
The debate about building a tramway or light rail service to Doncaster from the city rages unabated!
The full story about the Tram is at