Praya East Reclamation Railway
Reader IDJ sent this interesting photo, showing a temporary railway laid along the western side of Bowrington Canal. He points out that these temporary railways were quite commonly seen at large construction sites.
The reason for the rails is given in the 'City of Victoria' book, which says they 'were laid to transport sand and soil removed from Morrison Hill to the waterfront for land reclamation furing the Pray East Reclamation project.'
Page 66 of the 1921 report for Public Works shows it was quite an extensive railway during the life of the project:
"The Contractors placed orders for four Locomotives, one mile of track (35 lbs. rails), two miles of track (30 lbs. rails), one mile of track (12 lbs. rails), fifty Decauville Wagons and wheels, axles and axle boxes for one hundred 3 1/4 cubic yard side-tipping wagons."