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Design and Operations
Gallery One
Gallery Two
Gallery Three
Gallery Four
After the Closure - Part 1
After the Closure - Part 2
After the Closure - Part 3
After the closure - Part 4
After the Closure - Part 5
After the closure - Part 6
After the closure - Part 7
After the closure - Part 8
After the closure - Part 9
After the closure - Page 10
After the closure - Part 11
History Timeline - 1840s to 1997
History Gallery - 1971 to 1972 (Part 1)
History Gallery - 1971 to 1972 (Part 2)
History Gallery - 1971 to 1972 (Part 3)
Present Day Images Part 1
Present Day Images Part 2
Present Day Images Part 3
NEW! Present Day Images - 2015
Location Maps
Parish Map
Mt Dandenong Tourist Road - history
About the Author, and his Photo Galleries
Pictorial Heritage of Victoria
References, Further Reading and Acknowledgements
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Creative Commons License
Fox's Point Scenic Railway - Kalorama - Pictorial Heritage by Robert J. Padula, OAM is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

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1953 - part of Broadbent's map

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1954 - the Railway! (SLV)

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Approx alignment of railway, in red, using 2009 Port Phillip Region Aerial Photography Map, Landvic

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2014 - alignment of the railway (John Thompson)

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From a promotional poster - 1960

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SYNOPSIS
An almost forgotten part of the Dandenong Ranges history in Melbourne's outer east is the Scenic Funicular Railway, which was a popular tourist attraction between 1953 and 1961, located on the north face of Mt Dandenong.

Known as the "Vista Trains", it was about 3 km from the township of Montrose, on timbered bushland, It was located in the vicinity of what is now 1106
Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd, within what was to become the Dandenong Ranges National Park, at "Windy Corner", near the intersection of Inverness Rd.

This Project looks at the "Vista Trains" - a Special Chapter showing historical images of the early days of the Mt Dandenong Tourist Rd is included.
 
The Project uses the terms "Railway" and "Tramway", which mean the same thing!

See the full story!

 

ABOUT THIS PROJECT
This work is a free on-line dissertation, containing 30 chapters, which brings together many heritage images, descriptive text, location maps and drawings, about the long-forgotten Scenic Railway, Kalorama.
 
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Each major theme in this Study has its own Chapter, accessed from the Navigation Bar on each Page.

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Sources
Many images are out-of-copyright and sourced to publicly available sites on the Internet - accreditation is not required, but is given where considered appropriate.. A listing of principal research sources used may be found in References and Acknowledgements
. The Study is listed under a Creative Commons License. The author advises that it has been impossible to verify or validate some information, due to the passage of time, but every attempt has been made to verify operational dates and technical specifications of the Railway, where possible.

Images
Unless otherwise indicated, all images are those taken by the author, from his visits to the location
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Google Maps Streetmap Images.
Some Streetmap  images are displayed in the Project. Some of these are up to four years old, even though downloaded in March 2014, and should not be considered as real-time representations of the places shown!

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Publication History
Version 1 - January 2014

Version 2 - March 2014 (inclusion of text and images describing the dismantling and recovery in 1965)

Version 3 - December 2014 (inclusion of text and images about land usage between 1849 and 1972)

Version 4 - April 2015 (inclusion of text and images showing the site in late February 2015, following clearing operations)

Version 5 - November 2016 - inclusion of additional text

Additions or corrections are welcomed from readers. 

  

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