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Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum Alexandra, Victoria

This indoor and outdoor museum presents the technical, social, economic and ecological history of the timber industry in the Rubicon Forest from the period 1900-1950. This is shown through a working Timber Tramway, a display of logging technology, models of sawmills and associated buildings, photographic displays and a proposed working steam sawmill.

The Alexandra Timber Tramway incorporated as a not-for-profit association in December 1985. Our volunteers started with one operational locomotive, a short section of track, and the run-down station buildings at Alexandra. Since then, we have progressed to eight operational locomotives, one kilometre of track and a refurbished station building. Additional facilities include a locomotive depot, a carriage storage facility, a fully fitted-out mechanical workshop, and new toilet and picnic facilities. While there is much to see at the Alexandra Timber Tramway for the railway enthusiast, the ATT is primarily aimed at families and tour groups wanting a fun day out for themselves and their children. Everyone will find much of interest in our three display rooms and our numerous outdoor exhibits including replica timber workers huts from the Rubicon Valley.

Contact Information

location
17 Station Street Alexandra Victoria (map)
phone
+61 0427 509 988
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Opening Hours

Second Sunday of each month(steam train rides) 10:00am - 4:00pm. 4th Sunday of each month (diesel train rides) 10.00am - 4.00 pm. And most Public Holidays. Other times by appointment. Groups very welcome Phone 0427 509 988 for information.

Entry Fee

Entry $5 includes one train ride. Children 3 and under FREE

Location

17 Station Street Alexandra Victoria

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This collection is located an old railway station, which now operates as the Alexander Timber Tramway and Museum. Key items include an impressive collection of 2 foot narrow gauge steam, diesel and petrol locomotives and assorted rolling stock (including industrial rolling stock), together with a large range of local and regional historical artefacts and machinery from the early logging period (1900-1950) in the Rubicon Forest. The collection reflect the forest’s long history of logging from1907, when Clark & Kidd built the first sawmill in the area and constructed a 3 foot 4½ inch (1029mm) gauge wooden-railed tramway out of the forest and down to the river flats below. In 1912, the Rubicon Lumber and Tramway Company completed a 2 foot (610mm) gauge steel-railed line connected the forest tramway with the railway station in Alexandra. This line operated with three small (6-tonne) Krauss 0-4-0WE locomotives. In 1935 ownership of the line transferred to the Shire and later acquired by Clark & Pearce, who operated it with a 10 tonne diesel locomotive from Kelly & Lewis of Springvale (and a second identical unit from 1936). The terrible bushfires of 1939 destroyed seven of the eight Rubicon forest sawmills and killed twelve men from the timber industry. Although the mills were rebuilt, transport by road was a more practical option and the line closed in 1947. The last of the Clark & Pearce sawmills closed in 1954.

Significance

The collection documents aspects of Victoria’s timber industry from 1900-1950, with a special focus on the narrow-gauge railway system supporting the industry. It also documents local history of the Alexandra district.

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Framed black and white photograph - Rails to Rubicon circa 1916

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

Wooden framed black and white photograph of a two foot gauge steel rail line from the mill sight to Alexandra. This locomotive, a Kraus, steam engine (year ?)is passing through Lower Rubicon. It hauls three carriages with timber and on the side of the rail there are open boxes. A wooden house on Gilmore's family property is halfway up the hill. The property shows signs of damage of the recent Goulburn River flooding in 1916. There is a hook in the top of the frame and writing on the bottom of the frame "Lower Rubicon 1916".

Significance

We have not statement of significance

Inscriptions & Markings

On bottom of the frame "Lower Rubicon 1916?" written with black texta colour pen in capital letters.

rubicon black and white photo - Rubicon control station A

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

Rubicon control stations A at Rubicon with transformers to the left . Photo taken by Mr Sapsford of Alexandra . In good cond

Historical information

Mr Sapsford photo taken addmisted the construction of the Rubicon power house ( station ) at Rubicon . With out the likes of this photographer (Sapsford ) we would not have such a great and all incompassing record

Significance

Unreplaceable . record of building of Rubicon power house

Inscriptions & Markings

Rubicon A control station

rubicon black and white photo - rubicon power haulage

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

Rubicon Black and white photo of power house and hualage at rubicon .Note tin hut on outer edge and timber clearing for power lines. Mr Sapsford of Alexandra

Inscriptions & Markings

Rubicon Power house and haulage

Silk Handkerchief - Souvenirs of France 1914 - 1918

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

White Silk Handkerchief with cotton lace edging os 1.5 cm wide. Monogram on corner in the shape of a horseshoe. Embroidered in red silk with the words "SOUVENIR DE FRANCE". In the middle of the horseshoe there is an embroidered bunch of flowers in the colours of France, red, white and blue. There is a gold border around the horseshoe.

Historical information

During the 1914-1918 war these souvenirs were sent by a soldier to his sweetheart, his fiance. The handkerchief is made of pure silk. Sadly the soldier was killed on the battlefield and did not return home. His fiance remained true to his love for the rest of her life, laughing away proposals of any other admirers. Her name was Ada. She is 97 years now and is living in Tasmania, was a good friend Beannie Cummins (dec) of Alexandra. Information forwarded in 1994.

Significance

Part of our World War One collection of local significance.

Inscriptions & Markings

SOUVENIR DE FRANCE horseshoe, tri-colour, red, white and blue flowers, lace edging

Rubicon black and white photo - rubicon Pipeline at Haulage at rubicon

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

rubicon pipeline at haulage at rubicon .Note tram tracks beside pipeline also men working on pipe with A frame .Mr Sapsford of Alexandra .In good cond

Inscriptions & Markings

rubicon Pipline up haulage rubicon

rubicon .Near power house (tin hut)

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

rubicon photo black and white of power house ,in forground chonnel running over the rubicon river , mens camp for workers in back ground . taken by Mr Sapsford of Alexandar . in good cond

Historical information

Power house was called the tin hut by those who built it and other locals . the building of Rubicon power house was helped by the timber indusary .As the timber and locals were helped by the building and supply of power

Significance

Un replaceable

Inscriptions & Markings

rubicon . near power house (tin hut)

rubicon channel and tram tracks

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

rubicon photo of channel and tram tracks, put in to feed hydro system .note tree harvest and elevated channel to the right taken by mr sapsford of alexandra

Historical information

Photograph of local event .Building of Rubicon power house ( station ) Detail of construction evedent in photo

Significance

Un replaceable .record of local events

Inscriptions & Markings

rubicon channel and tram tracks

Silk Handkerchief - Souvenirs of France 1914 - 1918

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

White silk handkerchief with a 1.5 cm drawn thread hem. In one corner is embroidered Souvenir de France in brown colour. The rest of the embroidery include two flagpoles, one with France's flag, one with a British flag. There is a red rose of France at the bottom of the flagpole scattered green leaves throughtout the embroidery. The embroidery takes up a quarter of the whole hankerchief.

Historical information

During the 1914-1918 war these souvenirs were sent by a soldier to his sweetheart, his fiancee. The handkerchiefs are made of pure silk. Sadly the soldier was killed on the battlefield and did not return home. His fiancee remained true to his love for the rest ofher life, laughing away the proposals of any other admirers. Her name was Ada. She is 97 years of age and now lives in Tasmania and was once a friend of Beannie Cummins (dec) of Alexandra.

Inscriptions & Markings

"Souvenir de France" embroidered corner

rubicon black and white photo - skinners bridge at rubicon

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

rubicon photo of skinners bridge ,note two levels of bridge .photo taken by mr sapsford of alexandra . in good cond

Historical information

Photographer of local avents and buildings major projects . This photo is of historical avents and a major project at Rubicon

Significance

Un replaceable

Inscriptions & Markings

rubicon photo .skinners bridge rubicon

rubicon black and white photo - photo of tin hut at rubicon . photo taken though pipe on haulage of tin hut rubicon

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

black and white photo ,in good cond

Historical information

Mr Sapaford was a valualbe photogragher takening photos of local places and advents

Significance

photo records one of the most important land marks in the area .Building of the rubicon power house at Rubicon

Inscriptions & Markings

taken though pipe on haulage of tin hut at rubicon . photo taken by Mr sapsford of alexandra

Baby's Mittens - Children's Clothing

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

Pair of pink woollen machine knitted patterned mittens. Cord draw string in wrist of same material. Thumb separate to fingers. Frill to wrist.

Black and white photo - Rubicon tram track

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

black and white photo of tram tracks in to bush these tracks were layed to harvest timber and build hyrdo power system .note wooden rails .man standing beside tree fern . in good cond

Inscriptions & Markings

rubicon tram tracks

Handkerchief Purse - Souvenirs of France 1914 - 1918

Alexandra Timber Tramway & Museum, Alexandra

This Handkerchief purse was once used by ladies to store their beautiful handkerchiefs. It is made of white silk (now faded.)Padded with cotton padding front and back. It has an embroidered cord around the outside with bows of cord on four corners and in the middle and top, and across the top of the opening of the purse. It has an embroidered panel 13cm x 8 cm with bows of ribbon on the two bottom corners, lace and cord around the panel. Panel embroidered with British and French flag in their country's colours in the shapes of 1919. SOUVENIR DE FRANCE embroidered in panel in green faded silk.

Historical information

During the 1914-1918 war these souvenirs were sent by a soldier to his sweetheart, his fiancee. The pocket handkerchief holder was made of pure silk. Sadly the soldier was killed on the battlefield. His fiancee remained true to his love for the rest of her life laughing away other proposals of many admirers. Her name was Ada. She is 97 year old and now living in Tasmania and was once a close friend of Beannie Cummins (dec) of Alexandra. This information was given in 1994.

Significance

Part of our World War One collection.

Inscriptions & Markings

1919 SOUVENIR DE FRANCE