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Melbourne's Forgotten Railway Line Explored in Documentary Night

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James Di Fabrizio Joined: 19th March 2015
Last seen: 30th March 2017

The Public Transport Users Association (PTUA) will explore the rise and fall of Melbourne's forgotten railway line in a one-off documentary night. 

The Outer Circle Line, built between 1888 and 1891, ran a distance of about 20km between Oakleigh and Fairfield. It was designed to get goods trains from Gippsland into Spencer Street Station and bypass a privately owned railway, but the short-lived experiment failed in a dramatic way. 
 
Bureaucratic bungling and political corruption meant an enormous amount of taxpayers’ money was wasted. The fragmented railway was closed and re-opened a number of times with mixed success.
 
Today’s Alamein line is the only surviving section of the original railway, which once traversed Camberwell, Balwyn, Deepdene, East Kew and the Chandler Highway Bridge, as well as East Malvern and Oakleigh.