Zeehan railway station
Zeehan railway station in Tasmania, Australia was a major junction and railway yard for numerous different railway and tramway systems in western Tasmania in the town of Zeehan. Its peak of operations was between the 1890s and the late 1920s - reflecting the general fate of the town and the industries that were located there.
It was the terminus of the Strahan-Zeehan Railway from the south, the Emu Bay Railway from the north and a number of narrow gauge tram systems that utilised the railway yard and radiated out in all directions from the station.
The narrow gauge North-East Dundas Tram line proceeded separately out of the station and yard following the Emu Bay before it turned toward its easterly route.
In 1913 the railway workshops were moved from West Strahan to Zeehan and the yard, over half a mile long, with two gauges and many sidings, was one of the biggest in the state
The Zeehan railway station yard was extensive with numerable small tram lines connecting with the yard in the peak of the activity at the station from before the First World War until the beginning of the depression - when most smaller tramways and mines and smelter operations had ceased to operate.
Tramways mentioned here specifically utilised the Zeehan railway station as their terminus.
- Comstock Tram
- Dunkleys Tram
- Federation Tram
- Florence Tram
- Grubbs Tram
- Howards Tram
- New Dundas Tramway commenced in 1891, absorbed into the Mariposa Tramway, and later again into Howard's tramway system 
- Mariposa Tramway
- North East Dundas Tramway was a 2' line leaving Zeehan to the Mount Read area.
- Oonah Tram
- Zeehan Tramway Company
A spectacular boiler explosion occurred on 7.15 am on the 17th of May 1899 in the Zeehan railway station yard  The North-East Dundas tram approached the Wilson Street waiting room at the end of the station yard, the engine exploded. The fireman Thomas Marra was killed instantly and the driver David Biddeph died soon after
- In 1905 Zeehan Tramway Company  ceased daily passenger service 
- In 1926 Dundas line regular services traffic ceased and line pulled up in 1940.
- In 1929 NE Dundas and Comstock lines traffic ceased and all line up by 1943.
- In 1948 the last year of heavy traffic between Rosebery and Zeehan
- In 1960 the Emu Bay Railway passenger service ceased in February
- In 1960 the Strahan-Zeehan Railway line closed in June.
- On 14 August 1965 the Emu Bay Railway goods services ceased.
Post closure status
In 1971 Frank Stamford of The Light Railway Research Society of Australia wrote in Light Railways:
A visit on 12th April 1971 showed that the station building has gone, and most of the track has been rather half-heartedly removed. A length of 2 ft gauge track can still be found near where the station building used to be. The various engine sheds and carriage sheds remain, and are still being used by local timber millers, transport contractors, etc..
- Whitham, Lindsay The Railways and Tramways of Zeehan in Railways Mines... pp 2- 17
- Whitham, Lindsay The Railways and Tramways of Zeehan in Railways Mines... pp 13
- Branagan, J.G. (1992) Bush Tram-Ways and Private Railways of Tasmania Circa 1850 to 1960 Launceston, Regal Publications ISBN 094945787b p.81 and Whitham Railways Mines... p.5-6.
- Howard, Patrick (2006) The Zeehan El Dorado: a history of Zeehan Mount Heemskirk Books, Blackmans Bay, Tasmania ISBN 0-646-46766-2 page 246-247
- The tramway ran north along the main street of Zeehan from the railway station
- Whitham, The Railways and Tramways... note 5, 55 Vict. No.16
- Stamford, F (1971) Light Railways Number 35 Autumn 1971 page 18
- Blainey, Geoffrey (2000). The Peaks of Lyell (6th ed. ed.). Hobart: St. David's Park Publishing. ISBN 0-7246-2265-9.
- Whitham, Charles (2003). Western Tasmania - A land of riches and beauty (Reprint 2003 ed.). Queenstown: Municipality of Queenstown.
- 2003 edition - Queenstown: Municipality of Queenstown.
- 1949 edition - Hobart: Davies Brothers. OCLC 48825404; ASIN B000FMPZ80
- 1924 edition - Queenstown: Mount Lyell Tourist Association. OCLC 35070001; ASIN B0008BM4XC
- Lindsay Whitham (2002). Railways, Mines, Pubs and People and other historical research. Sandy Bay, Tasmania: Tasmanian Historical Research Association.