Belmont Tramway

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Belmont Tramway
Belmont tram.jpg
Belmont steam tram c1912
Operation
Opened 25 May 1912
Closed 30 October 1926
Owner Belmont Shire Council
Brisbane City Council
Operator(s) Belmont Shire Council
Queensland Railways
Technical
Track gauge 1,067 mm (3 ft 6 in)

The Belmont Tramway was a short lived railway in the south-eastern suburbs of Brisbane, the state capital of Queensland, Australia. It was built by the Belmont Shire Council and opened in 1912. Services were suspended several times and the line formally closed in October 1926.

History[edit]

Portion of a 1915 map showing the Belmont Tramway

The Tramways Act of 1882 gave local councils in Queensland powers to build railways which did not compete with the Queensland Railways. For legal reasons they were considered to be tramways.

The construction was proposed in 1909 and the Belmont Shire Council requested an engineering report on the cost of a tramway.[1] The Shire constructed a tramway 4.3 miles (6.9 km) long from a junction on the Cleveland railway line between Norman Park and Morningside. There were passenger shelters at Belmont Junction, Seven Hills, Mount Bruce, City View, Mayfield Road, Carina and stations with goods facilities at Springfield and the terminus at Belmont. The cost of construction was £20,000.[2]

The line was originally operated by Queensland Railways until the Shire acquired its own steam tram (Baldwin b/n 35935 of 1911) and three carriages. The maximum speed was 15 miles per hour (24 km/h) with a limit of 10 miles per hour (16 km/h) over the bridges. It was expensive to operate and services were suspended in 1915, at which time the Shire's tram and carriages were sold.[2]

The line was reopened due to local agitation and was operated by Queensland Railways on behalf of the Shire until 16 April 1924, when services were again suspended due to the condition of the bridges.[2] The locomotives permitted to work the line were the A12, A14, B13, B15 and PB15 class.[2]

The line reopened again in April 1925 but the Brisbane City Council, which had absorbed the Shire, was not interested in running the tramway at a loss and it finally closed in October 1926.[2]

664 metres of the track bed along Old Cleveland Road became part of the Brisbane City Council electric tram route 06 (Valley – Belmont) in 1948.[3]

Belmont Tramway
Norman Park (Left arrow Cleveland line Right arrow)
Belmont Junction
Seven Hills
Mount Bruce
City View
Mayfield Road
Carina
Springfield, Baynes Brothers sidings
Bulimba Creek
Belmont

References[edit]

  1. ^ "BELMONT AND THE CITY.". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 15 March 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 15 March 2014. 
  2. ^ a b c d e C.C. Singleton, The Belmont Shire Council's Railway, Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin No.258, April 1959
  3. ^ "Old Cleveland Road Tramway Tracks (entry 601839)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 2009.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)