I walked the route, from Hawthorn Station to where Kew Station was. Lordy, it was a hot day. I'm not doing another of these until the weather is cooler.
From my late grandfather's street directory, here is a map showing the train route. Just two stations off the main line, Barker and Kew. The line opened in 1887, which answers why it was needed, as trams were not much about then. Trains stopped running on the branch line in 1952.
Our older stations are a huge contrast to our newer stations, not that we have many new ones, as our system does not expand.
Somewhere at the far end of this photo, the Kew branch line left the mainline. It was only a single line but with a siding as the terminus.
And it went right through this tennis court and heat affected garden.
Really not much in the way of remaining train infrastructure to see. There are some rather grand houses in Hawthorn.
This linear car park is where the linear (snort) train line ran.
It went right past Glenferrie Oval, home of the Hawthorn Football Club, except in our commercial maximising the buck times, it is now called Ausdoc Oval. Extraordinary! It won't catch on.
A linear park, where the train following its linear railway line travelled.
But once reaching Hawthorn Grove, this pretty ordinary place blocked the train linear parkland.
Quite hidden, but this is a very nice place next to the building above.
There you go. On the site of a redevelopment of the Barker Station site is lots of crushed bluestone, always a good clue to a train.
It was a closed construction site, so I had to walk along Hawthorn Grove. There were some nice houses.
Behind the fence, ran the train to Kew. I was walking in the rising heat along the hideous Princess Street, which was so overwhelmed with car traffic.
In a superb and delicious irony, Vic Roads, our state government organisation responsible for our major roads, has a huge mega complex of office towers sited exactly where Kew Railway Station was. I could not believe how big the site was. How many office people does Vic Roads have? I believe this driveway is pretty well the alignment of the railway line.
The trams in the area are pretty busy. I bet if the train line was still there, it would be very busy too.