Detective Piggletino: Mystery of the Timeball Tower and Steam Tram

7 Dec

Piggletino came by Williamstown, home to the Victorian Navy, and stopped at a tall tower to investigate.

This tower is a rare sight in the world today – a Timeball Tower used in the past for ships to find their way from England to Australia, a little like a GPS navigational guide. The Timeball Tower was originally built as a lighthouse, and a timeball was lowered everyday at 1pm for ships to calibrate their chronometers.

Further towards Sorrento, Piggletino spotted an interesting route and decided to explore. There he found tram track but there were no trams in sight. Upon further inspection, Piggletino learnt that the steam tram operated between 1890 – 1921, as a link from Sorrento to Melbourne. Horse-drawn trams carrying about twenty passengers would make its way on the tramway but by 1914, motor vehicles had come to the scene and following the WWI, the line was closed.

Detective Piggletino was so proud of his findings that day he decided to take a picture at the Steam Tram Platform!


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