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Thursday, April 23, 2009

Reid's Tramway Walking Track, Powelltown

On Wednesday April 21 2009 I revisited Reid's Tramway Walking Track.

This is a 4 km return route, which starts at the settlement of Powelltown, deep in the Yarra Forest, some 65 km east of Melbourne.

he Track follows the path of an earlier Tramway, to the site of Reid's Timber Mill. That closed down decades ago, and all that is left is a rusting old bogey, and mill machinery. The Mill building itself disappeared decades ago, and there is a huge pile of decaying sawdust on the site, almost buried in the thick forest.

Care is needed on the Track - it is very slippery and covered in bark, branches, leaf litter, and fallen trees, with little recent maintenance. Caution is needed on the old wooden footbridges, which are starting to deteriorate.

This is the "short route" - a loop track continues over the Blackwood Creek Bridge, linking with the Big Bertha Track, ultimately ending at the Powelltown Picnic Ground.

I had walked the Big Bertha Track route on a previous visit.

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