Great Southern Rail
1887 to 1994
Railway construction commenced, it was constructed in three sections;
Dandenong to Whitelaw
Whitelaw to Toora
Toora to Port Albert
A tourist train travelled to South Gippsland, with 70 passengers on board who slept in sleeping cars. Their excursions included Bulga Park, Agnes Falls, Darby Chalet and Waratah Bay. Passengers were also treated to a boat trip on the 'Janet Illes'.
The Welshpool horse drawn tramway ceased operation
Welshpool to Port Welshpool horse drawn tramway opened
Stony Creek was an electric staff station, a unique token system developed in England and introduced to Australia in the early 1890s
A train departing from Stony Creek collected passengers along the line until Ruby. The passengers then travelled onto Nyora, changed trains and headed to the coastal town of Kilcunda for a picnic and visit to the ocean before returning later in the day.
A branch line was constructed from the main line prior to Welshpool, to serve the Barry Beach oil terminal.
Tarwin Station operated until the 1970s
Students from Leongatha High School travelled to Dandenong to compete in school sports. Students from Sale, Warragul and on occasion Bairnsdale would travel on the Gippsland line to compete in school sports.
In late 1988 the last steam train travelled beyond Leongatha to Foster
The decline in railway patronage resulted in the cancellation of the Wednesday evening train from Melbourne, and the morning train reduced to three days per week.
After 100 years of operation passenger services ceased on July 24
Freight and Goods services continued until the line was formally closed, bringing to an end a remarkable chapter in Victoria's transport industry