Belmont steam tram c1912
|Owner||Belmont Shire Council|
Brisbane City Council
|Operator(s)||Belmont Shire Council|
|Opened||25 May 1912|
|Closed||30 October 1926|
|Line length||4 miles 6 chains (6.56 km)|
|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.
The construction was proposed in 1909 and the Belmont Shire Council requested an engineering report on the cost of a tramway. 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.
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 mph (24 km/h) with a limit of 10 mph (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.
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. The locomotives permitted to work the line were the A12, A14, B13, B15 and PB15 class.
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- "BELMONT AND THE CITY". The Brisbane Courier. National Library of Australia. 15 March 1909. p. 5. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
- C.C. Singleton, The Belmont Shire Council's Railway, Australian Railway Historical Society Bulletin No.258, April 1959
- "Old Cleveland Road Tramway Tracks (entry 601839)". Queensland Heritage Register. Queensland Heritage Council. Retrieved 13 July 2017.