Warburton railway line
|Warburton railway line, Melbourne|
|Length||37 km (23 mi) (From Lilydale)|
|Connections||Lilydale and Healesville lines|
|Railways in Melbourne|
The route between Lilydale and Warburton was originally proposed to be built as one of four experimental narrow gauge lines, however, the recommendation was not accepted and the Warburton line opened as a 5 ft 3 in (1,600 mm) railway on Wednesday, 13 November 1901. The length from Lilydale to Warburton was slightly over 37 kilometres (23 mi). The last train ran on Sunday, 1 August 1965, although it was officially closed on 29 July 1965.
|Warburton railway line|
Throughout its life the Warburton line had both passenger and goods services (passenger services generally running as a shuttle between Lilydale and Warburton stations), although passenger services dwindled during the later years.
While the track was dismantled in the 1970s the Warburton line right-of-way is intact except for a short section leased to Mount Lilydale College, as are all of the bridges except one that previously crossed Maroondah Highway. A new bridge was completed in 2011 allowing the safe crossing of Maroondah Hwy. The land formerly used by the line is now used for the Lilydale to Warburton Rail Trail, a pedestrian, bicycle and equestrian trail.