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The famous heritage Puffing Billy Steam Train crossing the Monbulk Trestle Bridge on its way back to Belgrave from Emerald Lakeside. As there is no turntable at Lakeside, the engine is hooked on backwards to pull the train in reverse.
The Monbulk Trestle Bridge was built 1899 for narrow guage railway on standard Victorian Railways pattern but unusual in its curve; known at first as the “Horseshoe Bridge”.
Classified 18/09/1975 by the National Trust – File B2960, it received the 2006 National Trust Victorian Heritage Icon Award.
The bridge, situated at Selby in The Dandenong Ranges, some 26.5 miles by rail east Of Melbourne, carries the Puffing Billy Heritage Narrow-Gauge (2’6") Railway over the Monbulk Creek and is part of a working railway that now carries considerably more traffic than in it’s prime working era of the first 30 years of the 20th century.
The bridge crosses a creek gully that hosts the meeting of the Clematis and Monbulk Creeks, between them, draining the entire Sherbrooke Forest.
The location was recently incorporated into the Sherbrooke Forest National Park.
This shot was taken with my Pentax k-r on 6 June 2012 across the Belgrave Gembrook Road at Selby in the Dandenong Range near Melbourne.
Lens Pentax-DA 18-55mm F3.5-5.6