When gold ran out in Trentham, the locals turned to logging. The Wombat forest during European settlement was logged out although now it has regenerated. Tramways were built to bring the fallen trees from the forest sawmills then directly to the Trentham station to be transported to Melbourne.
Not that long ago I posted the black and white photo below. It shows a steam engine transporting the wood to the station. After last weekend, it now has much more significance to me. We went to Bullarto, only about 10 kms from Trentham where they had their annual Tractor-Pull, Wood-Chop and car show.
There in all its glory was a beautifully restored Foden steam traction engine.
It was quite an amazing vehicle of several tons in weight and sounded glorious when in motion.
I'll post some photos of the Tractor Pull competition in a few days.
More on the Foden here;