I took the car out a week or so ago to fill it with petrol. It didn't need too much but we were warned the price was going to rise. It didn't.
I kind of knew there was an old railway line alongside Lorimer Street in turn which runs close to the bank of the Yarra River and I wanted to take a proper look at it. Naturally Marcus Wong had done so before and took quite a few photos. I assumed it was an old line to somewhere, long ago abandoned. Not so at all.
As you can see it was a single track and subsequent research revealed it was only built in 1986 to transport freight from rail terminal west of Melbourne to a shipping facility at Webb Dock, hence it was called the Web Dock Railway Line. It was not electrified and so the freight trains were diesel powered. Aside from Gippsland former coal trains, I don't thing we've ever had electrified freight lines.
Just ten years after opening, the line closed in 1996 for construction of disastrous Docklands development and the sports stadium. The bridge over Yarra River was repurposed as a pedestrian bridge, Webb Bridge I think.
Much of the line still exits. Some parts have been removed and some covered over but I believe the government still owns the land which could be quite useful in the future.
There is even a bit of associated infrastructure left. I am not sure if this will work but these photos were taken where Lorimer Street changes to Todd Road.
Freight terminal bound.
The legendary train and tram photographer who produced stunning images, the late Weston Langford, documented the line's construction and opening. A link to his photos can be found here.
Maybe in history Marcus Wong will be described as a legendary photographer and documenter of train and tram history. He made a fine start with his coverage after the line's closure, which you see here.
PS. Marcus, the door of the box in your photo entitled Level Crossing Protection has gone, exposing the interior workings.