The narrow gauge railway ran between Wangaratta and Whitfield and the signs along the road are all that remain…
The Whitfield Narrow Gauge Trail although now a ghost, is of historical significant. The line has been progressively dismantled upon closure, the last section having been lifted in 1956. Precious little remains of the actual track and what is left is steadily disappearing and will be lost if we do not act now. The majority of the old formation is faintly visible on the western side of the Whitfield-Wangaratta Road. The only reminder are the Rail Name Boards at each station and the occasional Mile Marker.
Opened in 1988 Closed in 1953 Length 49.1 kms Stations 17
It was the first of four narrow gauge lines in Victoria. It was unlike the other lines in that it was built through mostly flat, open, agricultural country, following the King River. The 49.1 km line was built as a narrow gauge line because it was thought that it might be extended into the mountainous country to the south, but this extension never happened.
The line was opened in March 1899, and was the first line to close, in October 1953. The line relied mostly on local agricultural traffic, and opened with a daily mixed train. By the 1930s this had been reduced to a weekly goods service, and stayed at this level until the railway closed. There was only one lineside industry, a dairy at Moyhu, and the majority of stations were name boards at road crossings.
Located between King Valley and Edi at Hyem; often referred to as the Hyem Cemetery. The land was originally donated by John Evans in 1886 but was unsigned except for the Hyem Railway Station sign, and thus was referred to as the Hyem Cemetery or the Cemetery at Hyem.
The five acres of land the Cemetery rests on, was originally part of 59,600 acres of the Whitefield Run.
ALPINE NATIONAL PARK
The State’s largest and protects its highest
mountains and varied alpine environments.
Extensive snowfields are the primary
winter attraction; the warmer months
bring stunning wildflower displays and
opportunities for bushwalks and four wheel drives.
LAKE WILLIAM HOVELL
A man-made lake formed by a dam on the
King River. Located at the edge of the
Alpine National Forest the lake provides
opportunity for swimming, boating,
kayaking, fishing or just enjoying the view.
located 30kms from Whitfield lies the final resting place of Ned Kelly and many of his family. Ned’s brother Dan attended
the local Greta School and at Eleven Mile Creek you can see the remains of the Kelly Homestead.