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From the Collection of Orbost & District Historical Society Ruskin Street Orbost Victoria

Seven black / white photographs related to the closure of the Orbost Railway Line.
H-120mm W-175mm
Object Registration
orbost-railway east-gippsland-railway protests-rail-closure
Historical information
The Bairnsdale-Orbost railway was opened in 1916 to serve the agricultural and timber industry. Because of the decline in traffic and heavy operating costs, the line was finally closed in August, 1987. The closure of this railway was a controversial issue at the time with many public protests in the district.
Protesters stood in front of a VR locomotive holding up signs with " SAVE FUEL JOBS ROADS LIVES ORBOST MR HAMER DON"T LET THIS HAPPEN SAVE RAIL" Others held placards with "DON"T CUT OFF ORBOST" and "We the Children demand our ????secure railway"
When Made
C 1981
This item is associated with the history of the Orbost-Bairnsdale railway line and therefore reflects the role that the rail line played in the social and economic history of Orbost.
The closure of the line was a significant event in Orbost's history.
Last updated
10 Feb 2020 at 11:52AM