David it must be your lucky day. While trawling through a box of State Electicity Commission Records at the Public Record Office yesterday (VPRS 8892/P1, Unit 360), I came across the auction catalogue for the Rye plant. Details of the lots of possible tramway interest are listed below.toggle quoted messageShow quoted text
J W Styles & Son auction catalogue: Brick Making and Lime manufacturers Plant at Peninsula Lime & Fertiliser Co., Point Nepean Road, Rye. Auction date 31 March 1941.
Lot 11 : Jim Crow bender
Lot 63 : 4-cylinder Wolseley Tractor, with 24 in gauge flanged steel wheels, roller chain and sprocket drive.
Lot 72 : 24 Steel tippling trucks, 1 cubic yard capacity, with 24 in gauge axles and steel flanged wheels
Lot 73 : Fordson Tractor, incomplete [no indication that this might be a rail vehicle]
Lot 74 : Fordson Tractor, incomplete [no indication that this might be a rail vehicle]
Lot 75 : 2 steel end flap trucks, with 24 in gauge flanged wheels.
Lot 76 : 6 tipping trucks, dismantled with 24 in gauge wheels.
Lot 82 : Fordson tractor engine and gear box.
Lot 89 : 1-18-2-0 of 24 lb steel rails, 30-18ft lengths.
Lot 90 : 8 ¼ tons of 24 lb steel rails, 96-18ft lengths.
Lot 91 : 8 ¼ tons of 24 lb steel rails, 96-18ft lengths.
Lot 92 : 8 ¼ tons of 24 lb steel rails, 96-18ft lengths.
Lot 93 : 5-11-1-20 of 24 lb steel rails, 78-24ft lengths.
Lot 94 : 1-2-3-0 of 15 lb steel rails, 32-16ft lengths.
Lot 95 : 5-13-0-16 of 24 lb steel rails, 88-18ft lengths.
Lot 96 : 3-15-1-20 of 24 lb steel rails, 66-16ft lengths.
Lot 97 : 2-17-0-16 of 24 lb steel rails, 50-16ft lengths.
Lot 98 : 4-6-0-5 of 24 lb steel rails, 75-16ft 6in lengths.
Lot 99 : 5-4-1-24 of 15 lb steel rails, 156-15ft lengths.
Lot 100 : 3-8-2-8 of 24 lb steel rails, 60-16ft lengths.
Lot 101 : 1-5-2-24 of 24 lb steel curved rails, 20-18ft lengths.
Lot 102 : 1 ton of 24 lb steel rails, 40-7ft lengths.
Lot 103 : 8-3-2-0 of 15 lb steel rails, 20-10ft lengths.
Lot 104 : 17-7-0-16 of 24 lb steel rails, 162-30ft lengths.
Lot 105 : 3-8-2-8 of 24 lb steel rails, 60-16ft lengths.
Lot 106 : Lot assorted steel rails
Lot 107 : 6 sets 24 gauge steel rail points
Lot 110 : 2000 Red Gum sleepers, 4ft x 8in x 3in
Lot 111 : 100 - 36in pressed steel sleepers, 24in gauge
Lot 112 : 600 Red Gum sleepers, 4ft x 8in x 3in
Lot 113 : Large quantity assorted Red Gum sleepers
Lot 114 : Lot Fish Plates and Dogs
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Sent: Friday, August 25, 2006 1:34 PM
Subject: [LRRSA] Introduction
As a new member to the group I had better introduced myself. I live
in Melbourne and have had an interest in narrow gauge railways -
life size since I was a little tacker back in the distant past - and
more recently at 1:48 since I started modelling them.
I grew up on the lower end of the Mornington Peninsula in the '40s
and '50s far removed from the railway system but managed to get on
several ARHS trips anyway. A matter of abiding curiosity is the
lime industry on the Peninsula. There were several lime kilns at
the back of Rye one of which still had the remains of a narrow gauge
tramway at the kiln area. Rails and wheels and part of a right of
way which appeared to head towards Port Phillip was all that was
left in the early '50s. All trace of that kiln has now gone. As
the lime was transported to Melbourne and Geelong by small ship it
obviously had to get from the kiln to the sea. I have been
searching for years to see if there is any record of tramways in the
lower Peninsula area without any joy. If anyone has any information
as to their existence I would appreciate it. All I have found is
the record of the tramway that connected the pier at Sorrento to the
ocean beach and which was for passengers.